In the last several years, trucks have pulled their weight toward taking the majority of the consumer-popularity polls, and it's easy to see why. Whether you're commuting to the big city or carrying big cargo, there's a specific truck to fit just about any need out there. This significant increase in interest has auto makers looking to redefine the genre with crossovers and entirely new models specifically built to cater to this diverse audience.
In 2018 that trend will continue to pick up speed, meaning it's sure to be one of the most unique years in the truck world yet. To keep you in-the-know, our experts at Caliber Collision have loaded up a few of the more interesting autos set to come off the assembly line this year.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup: The Weekend Warrior
The world-famous Jeep is at last branching out to be more in-line with its rugged roots, tracing all the way back to World War II. The all-new Jeep Wrangler Pickup - that's right, pickup - is as rugged as it is regal. With body-on-frame construction, and a steel/aluminum composite, this Jeep looks to be top-tier amongst its peers. Supposedly titled the "Scrambler," we suggest keeping an eye out for this beauty in the headlines and on the highway.
Honda Ridgeline: The Un-Pickup
The wildly popular crossover has finally made its way to the truck scene in the form of the Honda Ridgeline. This brand-new pickup boasts one of the most fuel-efficient rides in its class, but at the cost of being the least powerful full-size truck. Aesthetically, the body draws in characteristics of a car, SUV and truck, creating a perfect hybrid vehicle and Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to utility. The Ridgeline might not satisfy the most hardcore truck lovers, but for a light-duty truck with carlike civility, it's hard to beat.
Ford Ranger Raptor: The Off-Road Ruler
Speaking of hardcore, the Ford Raptor has garnished a reputation over its short eight-year lifespan for being at the apex of pickup trucks. Later this year we're set to get more information on the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor, the athletic baby brother of the slightly larger original. Don't let the size fool you, though. This powerhouse has been enhanced with a beastly suspension, increased ground clearance, and a handful of modes to handle everything from mud to snow. Equipped with a special "Baja Mode," named after the famous Baja 1000 desert race, the Ranger Raptor has been specially designed to even conquer sand dunes at high speeds. We encourage everyone to check out the announcement video and see for yourself the year's best pickup performances so far.
As pickups continue their worldwide surge in popularity, we're certain to see unique adaptations gain momentum and redefine the standard of what it means to be a "truck." However, even though industry standards may change, ours never will. And you can rest easy knowing that your friends at Caliber are in it for the long haul, right there with you. If you happen to get a little too "off-road," we're always revved to restore the rhythm of your life, and will keep you trucking through thick and thin, no matter what vehicle you're in.