2011 FORD F-450 LARIAT
Ford F-Series trucks have been the number-one selling vehicle line in the United States for more than three decades. The Ford F-450 defines the upper limit of pickup trucks in nearly every way.
The F-450 is only available as a crew cab with an eight-foot bed, four-wheel drive, dual-rear-wheel axle and Ford’s all-new 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V8.
The Ford F-450 is equipped with Ford’s Sync system, which makes managing iPods, phone calls and navigation destinations a breeze with voice commands. The only element that detracts from this Blue Oval’s manly styling is its rolling stock. Even with eight-lug hubs, the 17-inch wheel and tire package looks downright tiny.
The new settings up the output of the diesel from the 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of test truck to an even 400 hp and 800 lb-ft, giving bragging rights back to Dearborn. Ford will apply the software upgrade to all existing Super Duty trucks when they come in to the dealership for service.
2010 JEEP GLADIATOR CONCEPT
Jeep Gladiator is a small pickup based on its ever-popular Wrangler platform. Jeep is said to be utilizing the four-door Wrangler Unlimited chassis with the deletion of the two aft doors and the addition of a short truck bed.
It would debut in 2012 with a design heavily based on the Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005. Here’s hoping the final design, if it indeed reaches production, retains the external spare wheel and tire.