The recent Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham revealed a host of new and improved pickups that could appeal to the farming sector. Geoff Ashcroft reports.
If a regular double cab pickup just isn’t quite hard-core enough, Isuzu has teamed up with Icelandic vehicle specialist Arctic Trucks to produce this off-road version.
Called the D-Max AT35, it gets key changes to suspension and running gear to offer an additional 125mm ground clearance, more suspension travel and 35in Nokian Rotilva all-terrain tyres on 17 by 10in wheels that contribute to lower ground pressure.
Flared wheel arches and extended side steps complete the transformation into the bog-crossing monster. Isuzu’s most extreme pickup truck is priced from £30,995.
Toyota’s new generation Hilux made an appearance at the CV Show. It is the latest double cab pickup to boast a 3,500kg towing capacity for the UK market.
And it is not the only aspect of Toyota’s venerable pickup that has increased - this eighth generation Hilux is wider, longer and taller than the previous model.
A 2.4-litre D4-D engine delivers a modest 148hp and 400Nm of torque, and can be coupled to either six-speed manual or six-speed auto boxes, to offer up to 39.8mpg.
Toyota promises better driving dynamics, greater off-road ability with the addition of front- and rear-locking differentials, and higher levels of active and passive safety.
The new vehicles are backed up by a five-year/100,000 mile warranty.
Fiat took the wraps off its interpretation of the Mitsubishi L200 pickup - a model that is to be shared with the Italian manufacturer.
Called the Fullback, it features subtle external styling differences over the L200 and Fiat’s own 2.4-litre aluminium engine with power outputs of 150hp and 180hp.
Transmission choices include five-speed auto and six-speed manual, and the Fullback will be available in two trim levels.
Prices are still to be announced for the Fullback.
Following its success providing pickups to the south Korean military, SsangYong has introduced this DMZ version for those seeking some off-road stealthiness.
It is, to all intents and purposes, a Korando Sport finished in camouflage paint - just the thing perhaps, for shoots and country pursuits businesses.
SsangYong took the decision to bring in just 10 DMZ versions, but said that demand for such a striking pickup has resulted in another batch coming to the UK.
With a 155hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, 1,075kg payload and 2,700kg towing capacity, the Korando Sport DMZ with automatic transmission costs £19,195 plus VAT.
Mitsubishi introduced a commercial vehicle variant of its Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).
It is a based on the GX3h model, but has been converted in the UK to provide an extensive load area instead of offering rear seats.
Rear doors can still be opened, to provide access to the load area, and while the four-wheel drive hybrid van can offer a payload of about 500kg, it does offer better load security and greater comfort than the pickup truck alternative.
With the government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant, the Outlander PHEV Commercial is priced form £23,498.
Ford’s latest Ranger pickup comes with a host of interior and technology upgrades, and a slightly restyled front-end, to help identify new from old.
Those improvements extend to electric power steering and revised suspension, while the interior gets Ford’s 8in touchscreen and switchgear from its passenger cars.
Power comes from a 160hp 2.2-litre four-cylinder or more meaty 3.2-litre five-pot with 200hp. Drivetrain tech includes electronically selectable four-wheel drive, and the choice of six-speed gearbox in manual and auto guise.
Biggest news though, is the arrival of a 3,500kg towing capacity.
Trailer Vision has extended its range of camera systems to include the Omni-Van - a 360-degree, 12-volt camera system for use with vans.
The ‘look down’ camera system uses a total of four cameras (front, rear and both sides) and an image processor to create an overhead view of the van and the space around it. This image is shown on a rear view mirror-mounted monitor, which affords two simultaneous camera views.
While the 360-degree image remains constantly in view on one side of the monitor, when left and right indicators are used, the corresponding camera image is shown. Selecting reverse gear also give a rear-view image.
Cameras are contained in metal shrouds, creating durability. Trailer Vision’s Omni-Van monitoring system costs £495 and does not provide image recording.
French van maker Citroen revealed its all-new Dispatch, with a range of tech that offers hands-free activation of automatic sliding doors, colour heads-up display and a host of driver safety aids including active safety braking, driver attention alert.
A modular platform means different wheelbases, body lengths and heights are available, with load volumes up to 6.6 cubic metres. Innovative front passenger seat design combines with an opening bulkhead and flat floor to extend load length by 1.16m.
Park Assist 180 offers a rear view camera with 180-degree viewing angle, via an in-cab touchscreen. Dispatch gets six powertrain options from 95-180hp, with manual and automatic transmissions.