Thinking about buying a new pickup truck?
We've got all the info on the best pickups set to go on sale in the UK soon. Let's have a look at the latest future pickups heading our way in 2021 and 2022, and look back at the best pickups of 2020 that are still taking the pickup truck market by storm. With the best pickups offering a tough, robust ride, immense horsepower, and solid towing and off-road capabilities, they are perfect for work. But the sleek interior and smooth yet strong design cater for personal use, with double cab options (like the Nissan Navara Double Cab TT Tekna deal, or Ford Ranger Double Cab Wildtrak lease option) leaving room for the family and leisure too. Read on for the best pickups coming your way...
What new pickups are coming soon?
Updated Toyota Hilux 2020
The biggest new pickup story at the moment is without a doubt the updated 2020 Toyota Hilux, which arrived in the UK late last year in 2020. Toyota has given its popular Hilux pick-up a makeover making it one of its best pickups yet. The Hilux 2020 update saw a new design and revision of the chassis. It also promises a much more powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, which is a bit surprising with every other pickup downsizing its engine range. The new Hilux has by far the biggest motor of any pickup sold here, which should be well-received by hard-working operators and lifestyle buyers alike. A range-topping Invincible X model has also been added with a variety of styling upgrades, inside and out, over the standard model. Prices for the Toyota Hilux Invincible X Double Cab reach upto £40,475, with the standard model starting from £26,895. This cost isn’t necessarily manageable up front, so check out our latest Hilux pick-up deals and the best pickup lease for finance options on this sought-after range.
New Ineos Grenadier 2022
If having a massive load area isn't a priority but exceptional off-road capability is, you might be interested in the new 2022 Ineos Grenadier. It looks like a born-again Land Rover Defender, but unlike the all-new version of Defender, the Grenadier promises to be available with an open-back body making it fit nicely into our best pickups coming soon guide. It should also be noted that the Land Rover is a considerably simpler, less well-equipped vehicle with a much lighter powertrain. The target weight for the Ineos Grenadier is around 2400kg, but today’s initial prototypes are 80kg too heavy, so weight must be reduced to improve the Grenadier’s all-important off-road performance. The Grenadier takes some of its design from the Mercedes G-Class too which is evident in how it looks.
Ineos hasn’t given much away in terms of interior, but it’s expected to be stripped-back and uncomplicated. However, it will be comfortable as the modern consumer may want all-power and no-frills in their Grenadier pickup truck, but they do still expect comfort - a priority for the best pickup lease deals!
The project is running a few weeks behind due to Covid-19 but by the end of 2021 there should be the first production coming off the line with sales due to begin in 2022.
Second Generation Volkswagen Amarok Pick-up 2022
This is the first official picture of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It’s a design sketch that was revealed at the annual Volkswagen media conference last year, and represents first sight of VW’s new pickup, which will be built as a joint venture with Ford. Now that’s exciting, with Ford’s pickup truck knowledge and skill, the Second Generation VW Amarok is expected to be one of their best pickups yet.
The new Volkswagen Amarok is set to go on sale in 2022, and will be based on the same underlying chassis as the next Ford Ranger. The Amarok will also maintain its combustion engine, despite Volkswagen turning the majority of its other models electric.
There’s nothing overly surprising in the concept designs. The sketch features the now-familiar VW full-width grille, which blends straight into narrow headlights. Not only has the Amarok's window line gone from a straight edge to having a small Ford-like kink on the rear doors, the bonnet line looks as if it could have been lifted straight from the current Ranger (one of our most popular pickups)! It is almost clamshell above the headlights and flowing into the windscreen pillars – a very familiar Ranger look.
All new Isuzu D-Max Pick-up 2021
When it comes to all-new pickups that are arriving a little sooner, the biggest news right now is that there's an all-new Isuzu D-Max on the way. This was originally supposed to reach the UK around September 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule has been pushed back to what's now likely to be early this year, 2021.
Featuring aggressive new looks, a more premium interior and increased capability - including improved off-road features, longer load beds and more safety tech - the 2021 D-Max might just turn this popular working truck into much more than that.
The Isuzu D-Max pickup looks different underneath too. The suspension has been updated at both the front and the rear. This, coupled with better power-steering, create a more sophisticated on-road experience, making the Isuzu D-Max 2021 a real lifestyle contender and a top pickup choice.
If you’re not familiar with Maxus, you may know its former name – LDV. Maxus is also due to launch a pickup in 2021, which will be called the T60, T70 or T80. The pickup concept was revealed last year, showcasing a forceful air intake grille and durable rear bumper. The powerful Maxus pickup is set to challenge some of the best pickups - the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger van, with a radical change in its huge front end now looking similar to the traditional US pickup design.
Power will come from a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with up to 214hp, and the Maxus is promising its new pickup will have one of the biggest load areas on the market. The chunky tyres suggest solid off-road capability, with talk of a 2.0 litre twin-turbo-engine. The speed and power of the new Maxus pickup will help it compete with popular alternatives, like the Ford Ranger.
There's even an MG version of this truck called the Extender, but we're not expecting to see that in the UK.
SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB (Longbed / Grand) 2020
This is a longer version of the regular SsangYong Musso pickup, with significantly increased load space. The Musso Rhino was updated and put on the market last year in 2020 with many recognising it for its reasonable price – from £29,995 exc VAT; potentially a bargain for the spec. This new pickup is known as the Musso Grand, or Rexton Sports Khan elsewhere in the world, but in the UK it's been officially unveiled as the Musso Rhino LWB.
Musso Rhino LWB boasts the largest load bed of any double cab pickup in the UK. It has an extra 310mm in length and increased wheelbase too. The Musso Rhino LWB features leaf-spring suspension rather than coil-spring at the rear which is a new feature compared to the regular Musso. This new 5.4m-long pickup has a huge 6.9-tonne gross train weight, too, so can carry a full payload while towing 3.5-tonnes. That’s an impressive figure.
The carefully considered and full-bodied features make this a practical working commercial vehicle and it has already seen success since sales of the Musso Rhino LWB began last year. This could also be due to the double cab seating space accommodating 5 adults, premium leather seats, and heated leather steering wheel making it a lifestyle choice pickup, as well as a business vehicle - only the best pickups cater to these varying needs.
Nikola Badger Electric Pickup
It might have a mildly hilarious name, but the Nikola Badger is - apparently - a serious piece of work. In June 2020, pre-orders were due to start, but by November Nikola Motors had pulled out of its planned electric pickup truck which had all the potential to be one of the best pickups yet due to its power but low CO2 emission. Nikola signed a deal with GM motors to fuel the electric powertrain but a revised agreement saw Nikola drop the Badger. The new deal with GM doesn’t include the development of this much anticipated pickup truck.
The Badger was due to be the latest in an increasingly lengthy list of future electric pickup trucks from the other side of the Atlantic. The electric pickup truck would use an exotic hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain to supress range anxiety that might occur with a machine of this type.
It was due to also feature four electric motors, making for a grand total of 906hp. Orders had been taken and are subsequently being refunded. The projected US pricing was the equivalent of £70,000, but if this vehicle were to be made and sent across the pond, you could expect to pay a higher price as it would be converted to the UK in right-hand drive. These are all hopes and dreams, as for now, the Nikola Badger has been culled and Nikola Motors states: “the Nikola Badger programme was dependent on an OEM partnership.” So, we wont be seeing the Badger in production any time soon but should keep an eye out for electric pickups from other brands.
Get yourself a pickup truck at an affordable cost
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak lease, Nissan Navara N-Guard and TT Tekna pickup lease, and Mitsubishi L200 contract hire are all very popular pickup finance options in the UK and some of the best pickups around. If you want to get your hands behind the wheel of one of these powerful machines you can take advantage of our excellent low-cost leasing options. Check out our current pickup deals below, and keep your eyes peeled for the new pickups listed above to finally hit the market over the next year or two. We can't wait to add these to our commercial pickup offers!
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