If you’re thinking of buying a new pickup soon, that decision is set to get a whole lot harder. Between 2016 and 2018, there is expected to be no fewer than nine new pickup launches or upgrades; with three manufacturers (Fiat Professional, Mercedes-Benz and Renault) entering the market for the first time.
Mitsubishi was first to kick-off this ‘latest generation’ of pickups in September 2015 with the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5. This was followed by a facelifted Ford Ranger and an all-new Nissan NP300 Navara in the first quarter of 2016.
Fiat Fullback 2016
Fiat Professional made the surprise announcement that it was to enter the European pickup market in 2014, and officially unveiled the new vehicle at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show. The Fiat Fullback may look familiar, and that’s because it’s a badge-engineered version of the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5.
Mitsubishi’s newly-developed 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine will provide the power ratings of either 150hp/380Nm or 180hp/430Nm, and offers a fuel economy of up to 42.8mpg combined. The load attributes are slightly compromised, however, with a towing capacity of just 3.1t and a load area measuring just 1,470mm by 1,470mm.
Read more in our Fiat Fullback review.
Ford Ranger 2016
After hitting the market in 2012, the Ford Ranger has gone onto receive international acclaim for its comfort, efficiency and practicality. Four years after its launch, the Australian-developed pickup received a major facelift along with a number of specification changes.
The 2016 Ford Ranger is 17% more fuel-efficient and receives new technology like SYNC 2 connectivity, an eight-inch touchscreen display, a rear-view camera and Lane Keeping Assist. The 2.2-litre engine remains alongside the mammoth 3.2-litre five-pot.
Read more in our 2016 Ford Ranger review.
2017 Great Wall Steed (Cancelled)
While the Great Wall Steed may only make up a small proportion of UK pickup sales, the beefy and more imposing look of the 2017 facelift would certainly have helped the Chinese manufacturer increase its sales but IM Group, the UK’s official importer, has said the new vehicle will not be arriving in the UK.
There is very little information on which engine will feature under the bonnet, though. The current 2.5-litre is very poor on fuel economy (32.8mpg) and is only Euro-5 compliant, and the new 2-litre that will be fitted to Chinese versions only meets the Euro-4 emission standard.
Read more in our Great Wall Steed 2017 review.
Isuzu D-Max 2017
On the outside, the facelifted 2017 Isuzu D-Max differs only slightly to the current generation, but the mid-life refresh has given the engineers at Isuzu an opportunity to introduce a new engine and new technology.
We’ve witnessed a lot of downsizing over recent years, and Isuzu has taken this trend one step further. It will be offering the 2017 Isuzu D-Max with just a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, while the utilitarian five-speed automatic could be replaced by a new six-speed. Asia-Pacific models also get a new 3.0-litre unit, also this won’t be homologated to Euro-6, so it won’t be on sale in Europe for the foreseeable future.
Read more in our Isuzu D-Max 2017 review.
Jeep Scrambler 2019
The upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup could soon be on sale in the UK, according to Jeep UK boss Damien Dally. The Jeep Scrambler is a pickup truck variant of the next-generation Wrangler, which is due to go on sale in America in 2018.
LDV T60 2018
Ireland’s Harris Group has announced that it will be importing the LDV T60 pickup truck into the UK from 2018. The announcement of the Chinese-built LDV T60 comes less than a year after the brand’s UK relaunch, and shows its commitment to the UK LCV industry.
Mazda BT-50 2019
Mazda looks set to bring the Mazda BT-50 pickup truck back to the UK, following an announcement that the next-generation model will be based on the Isuzu-Max. The new model is expected to be launched in 2019, seven years after the previous generation was taken off-sale in the UK.
It’s expected that next generation Isuzu D-Max will be arriving in 2019, with Mazda-badged models expected shortly afterwards.
Read more on the Mazda BT-50 return to the UK.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, and therefore it was only a matter of time before the German company entered one of the automotive industry’s fastest growing sectors.
The new Daimler pickup, named the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, will be based on the Nissan Navara and feature the same 2.3-litre turbo-diesel engine, but also a six-cylinder, 3.0-litre engine and the possibility of a petrol engine. Double-cab versions come with rear coil suspensions to increase comfort and safety.
Read more in our Mercedes-Benz X-Class review.
Nissan Navara 2016
With models hitting UK dealerships in the first quarter of 2016, the Nissan Navara was the second of the latest generation of pickups to make its market debut. The pickup is built at the company’s Barcelona factory and uses the same 2.3-litre engine currently used in the Nissan NV400 and Renault Master vans.
The five-link coil rear suspension is unusual in pickups, with most manufacturers preferring the rugged and durable leaf-spring suspension, but Nissan argues the new system improves safety and driving manners, without compromising on practicality (the new model features a 3.5t towing capacity).
Peugeot pickup truck 2020
Peugeot has announced its plans to once again field a one-tonne pickup in Europe, 20 years after the demise of the 504 pickup. The French manufacturer still hasn’t disclosed when or where production of the Peugeot pickup truck will take place, although sources close to the company have stated there will be no partners in the venture (it was initially speculated that it would be based on the Toyota Hilux).
The one-tonne pickup market is growing rapidly is South America and Europe, two regions where Peugeot has considerable market share. It therefore seemed inevitable, that this announcement was going to be made.
Read more on the upcoming Peugeot pickup truck.
Ram 1500 2019
The Ram 1500 pickup truck looks set to be heading to European shores by 2019, in time for the next model update (fifth generation). In an exclusive interview with Domenico Gostoli, Fiat Professional’s head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) he expressed how there is a huge demand for American pickups in Europe (we hear you, Dom!).
This would be the first time that a full-size American pickup would be sold through a manufacturer dealer network in Europe. The differences in size, unit cost, running costs and emission legislation represent the biggest barriers but Mr Gostoli is confident that with FCA’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) global reach, it wouldn’t be too difficult to bring the product to market.
Read more: Ram 1500 coming to Europe
Renault Alaskan 2017
Like Daimler, Renault is another manufacturer that is seeking the expertise of its alliance partner, Nissan, to develop its first full-size European pickup. Based on the Nissan NP300 Navara, the Renault Alaskan will be the third pickup to be built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant alongside its Nissan and Mercedes-badged siblings.
Renault-Nissan’s 2.3-litre turbo-diesel engine provides the power and it’s expected to have the same 158hp and 187hp power ratings as the Nissan. Again, the five-link coil suspension at the rear will provide a more comfortable and safer ride.
Read more in our Renault Alaskan review.
SsangYong Musso 2018
The 2018 SsangYong Musso will be based on a new frame, offered in two wheelbases, have a 3.5t towing capacity and, as a sign of management’s confidence in the product, SsangYong has even hinted at a possible US launch. The SSangYong Musso is revitalising its pickup offering thanks to a huge cash injection from its new Indian owners, Mahindra & Mahindra.
Codenamed the Q200, it’s highly likely that the next generation pickup will retain the recently-updated SsangYong Musso name. The new model is expected to feature similar front end styling to the LIV-1 concept car revealed at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.
Read more on the 2018 SsangYong Musso Sports.
Toyota Hilux 2016
Since its launch in 1967, the Toyota Hilux has gone on to become one of the most respected vehicles, in terms of toughness and durability, in its class. Globally, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling pickup of its size, although the competition is becoming tougher with each generation.
The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux will feature two new engines; a 2.4-litre and a 2.8-litre diesel. The big news regarding the Hilux is that the payload capacity will increase from a poor 2.8t to a join class-leading 3.5t.
Vauxhall pickup 2019
General Motors is currently reviewing its global pickup strategy, after formally announcing it will be ending its manufacturing collaboration with Isuzu. The American-based manufacturer wants to offer a more premium pickup, as opposed to the more utilitarian Isuzu D-Max.
The agreement between Isuzu and General Motors for developing pickups began in 1976, when General Motors bought the right to sell badge-engineered versions of the Isuzu Faster, which were sold in the UK as the Bedford KB and later as the Vauxhall Brava.
Also read: Vauxhall pickup 2019
Volkswagen Amarok 2016
Five years after its launch, Volkswagen has facelifted the Volkswagen Amarok pickup and replaced the 2.0-litre engine with an all-new 3.0-litre V6. The Volkswagen Amarok is now the most powerful pickup on sale in the UK, and comes with an even greater selection of equipment and features.
Read more in the Volkswagen Amarok V6 review.