Thinking about buying a new pickup truck? Looking for info on all the upcoming pickups that are set to go on sale in the UK soon? Let's have a look at all the latest info on future pickups heading our way in 2020, 2021 and 2022
What new pickups are coming soon?
Updated Toyota Hilux
The biggest new pickup story at the moment is without a doubt the updated 2020 Toyota Hilux, which is due to arrive in the UK in November 2020. Toyota has given its popular Hilux pick-up a makeover, updating its design and revising 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 will have 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. Pricing will be announced nearer its on-sale date.
New Ineos Grenadier
If having a massive load area isn't a priority but exceptional off-road capability is, you might be interested in the new Ineos Grenadier. It looks like a born-again Land Rover Defender, but unlike the all-new version of that is actually promising to be available with an open-back body. The Grenadier is expected to be heavier than the old Defender 110, which is narrower but slightly longer, but that’s mostly because the Land Rover is a considerably simpler, less well-equipped vehicle with a much lighter powertrain. The target weight 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 project is running a few weeks behind due to Covid-19 but by the end of 2021 there should be first production coming off the line.
Second Generation Volkswagen Amarok
This is the first official picture of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It’s a design sketch that was revealed at the annual VW media conference, and represents first sight of VW’s new pickup, which will be built as a joint venture with Ford.
The new Amarok is set to go on sale in 2022, and will based on the same underlying chassis as the next Ford Ranger. There’s nothing overly surprising here. 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 - almost clamshell above the headlights and flowing into the windscreen pillars - could be lifted straight from the current Ranger!
It didn’t take long for somebody to take that teaser sketch to heart and render a production version of the 2022 VW Amarok digitally. In this case, it was Kolesa who stepped up.
All new Isuzu D-Max
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 in around September 2020, but we've recently learned that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed this back to what's now likely to be early 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 a real lifestyle contender.
Maxus - the new name for LDV - is also due to launch a pickup in 2021, which will variously be called the T60, T70 or T80, depending on who you're talking to. 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.
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)
This is a longer version of the regular Musso, with significantly increased load space. Called the Musso Grand and Rexton Sports Khan elsewhere in the world, in the UK it's been officially unveiled as the Musso Rhino LWB, and is priced from £29,995 (excluding VAT). Potentially a bargain for the spec.
With an extra 310mm in length and increased wheelbase, plus leaf-spring rather than coil-spring suspension at the rear, this new 5.4m-long pickup will be quite different to the regular Musso. It has a huge 6.9-tonne gross train weight, too, so can carry a full payload while towing 3.5-tonnes.
It might have a mildly hilarious name, but the Nikola Badger is - apparently - a serious piece of work. The latest in an increasingly lengthy list of future electric pickup trucks from the other side of the Atlantic, the American-made Badger uses an exotic hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain to get around any range anxiety problems you may have.
It also features four electric motors, making for a grand total of 906hp. Projected US pricing is the equivalent of £70,000, but if it ever makes it to the UK in right-hand drive you can expect to pay more than that.
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