5 New Off-Road Trucks We Canít Wait to Drive

Aug. 12, 2016 By Tim Healey
Thereís plenty to be excited about in 2017 and beyond when it comes to new trucks. Here are a few we canít wait to check out!

2017 Ford Raptor
Fordís F-150 Raptor is considered to be among the ultimate when it comes to off-road capable factory trucks, and the 2017 edition promises to continue the Raptorís ability to conquer any terrain Ė and do it quickly. Full specs arenít out yet, but reports suggest that the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 will make over 500 horsepower, or Ford has at least said the new EcoBoost will be more powerful than the previous V8 that produced 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission will harness the power, and the Raptor will have full-time four-wheel-drive and a new terrain management system with six settings. There will be two body styles Ė SuperCab and four-door SuperCrew Ė and the Raptor will have 17-inch wheels and 35-inch tires. Oh, and pricing will start just under $50K.

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Think of the Tacoma TRD Pro as a smaller-sized competitor to the Raptor. Priced at just over $40K to start, the Tacoma TRD Pro will be buffed up for off-road duty thanks to tuned coilover front shocks, front springs that provide a 1-inch lift, tuned leaf springs, a cat-back exhaust system, fog lamps, and a skid plate. Under the hood will be a 3.5-liter V-6 that pairs to either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. The TRD Pro will come in the Double Cab body style and ride on 16-inch wheels.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Chevy wonít say anything about this truck officially, but test mules have been spotted by several automotive media outlets. A concept from two years ago previewed a truck with a two-inch lift with King coilover shocks and removable bumper pieces, and a possible production version, if the test mules weíve seen are any indication, would likely hold to this form. Powertrains are up in the air, but the torquey 2.8-liter diesel could be used, as that was the engine featured in the ZR2 concept unveiled in LA back in 2014.

2017 or 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup
Jeep fans have been waiting for a Wrangler-based pickup for a long time, and it appears that Fiat Chrysler and Jeep are about to oblige. Specs should likely follow closely with the current Wrangler, so that should mean a V-6 engine, six-speed manual and five- or six-speed automatic transmission. Thereís also been rumor of a twin-turbo four-cylinder engine and a diesel option (possible the 3.0-liter V6 found in the Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee). Perhaps the biggest question is whether the truck will be four-door only or available in two-door form.

2017 Ram Power Wagon
The newest version of the Ram Power Wagon is still based on the 3/4-ton 2500 chassis but built as a turnkey off-road truck ready for adventure right off the lot. A host of off-road features are found, such as a 12,000-pound winch, skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case, electronically lockable front and rear differentials, a front sway bar that disconnects electronically, Bilstein shocks, 33-inch tires, and hill descent control. A 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 promises more than 410 horsepower under hood. The Power Wagon and the rest of the trucks here all give us a serious case of anticipation for the near future.


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