Future Pickup Trucks [2021 and Beyond]


The pickup market is getting stronger than ever and this is particularly interesting as many manufacturers are finding new ways to make a competitive truck. For example, all-electric models are closer than ever, while the hybrid powertrain is about to become a common thing in the segment is just a couple of years. On the other side, it looks like a big number of compact pickup trucks will switch to a unibody platform, which promises better overall comfort and driveability. The next few years will be very interesting. We are about to see several brand-new models, as well as numerous redesigns of major players in the segment. Here is a shortlist of some of the most interesting future pickup trucks that we are about to see in the next couple of years.

Rivian R1T

Rivian R1T future pickup truck

We’ve been hearing a lot of stories from various companies about the all-electric pickup trucks in the past years. While others are talking, this startup company works without unnecessary promotions. So, it looks like the R1T is production-ready and that will hit the market in the next year, as the 2021-year model.

The thing we like about this truck is that this is the only upcoming electric truck that comes with precise numbers. According to the manufacturer, we are about to see at least three versions when it comes to power output, with 402, 700 and 754 horsepower. Also, count on different battery packs, with capacities of 105, 135 and 180 kWh, which will provide max ranges of 240, 310 and 410 miles, respectively. The numbers are very promising. The estimated base price goes around 60.000 dollars.

Ford F-150 Hybrid and All-Electric

Ford F-150 All-Electric has been spied

The blue oval company will electrify its lineup. The hybrid version is about already in about a year.  On the other side, the all-electric model won’t come that soon. Most likely, we will see it in the mid-2020s, with the base price around 60.000 dollars.

This model is still far away from production, so we can’t talk about exact numbers. Still, an interesting fact is that the new model will carry the famous nameplate, although it probably won’t have too many things in common. While the platform may be shared, the styling and other things should be significantly different.

Ram 1500 Rebel TRX

Ram Rebel TRX Concept

Electric pickup trucks aren’t the only interesting thing when it comes to future models. Another big novelty we expect to see is a new, off-road version of Ram 1500. The Rebel TRX was presented a couple of years ago as a concept. The production version will come in a year or two, according to the latest reports.

The Rebel will come with lots of upgrades compared to base models. We count on significant mechanical modifications, as well as on numerous distinctive styling details. There’s no doubt that the concept version will serve as inspiration, but keep in mind that the model from a couple of years ago was based on the previous generation.

The most interesting feature of the Ram Rebel TRX should be under the hood, where we expect to see a well-known 6.2-liter Hellcat engine with over 700 horsepower. The base price should go somewhere around 50-55.000 dollars.

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept

The Santa Cruz was presented several years ago as a concept and it looks like the production version is finally on its ways. It will be interesting in so many ways. First of all, it will ride on a unibody platform, with a design approach similar to Honda Ridgeline. However, it will be notably smaller and the first compact pickup since Subaru Baja. We presume it will share most of the design characteristics with crossovers like Tucson and Santa Fe, while the aesthetics will be based on the company’s latest design language.

 The new model should come in about a year, as the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz and the base price should go around 25.000 dollars. This will definitely be one of the most interesting future pickup trucks on the market.

Bollinger B2

Bollinger B2

This is another interesting pickup truck that is about to hit the market in the near future. According to some reports, the Bollinger B2 could be launched already in the next year. The most interesting thing about this pickup truck is its look. It comes with a boxy, military-style exterior design and another interesting thing is that the truck is completely made of aluminum, which will be highly beneficial in terms of the range.

When it comes to numbers, a max output of 614 horsepower, which will provide a max towing capacity of 7.500 pounds. On the other side, the company promises a 200-mile range and re-charging time in less than 10 hours.

Toyota Tundra

2021 Toyota Tundra future pickup trucks spy shot

When it comes to future pickup trucks, this is another big novelty for the next year. The popular full-size truck is about to receive a complete overhaul after more than 12 years. Therefore, you may presume that the changes will be significant. One of the first things we should mention is a new, hybrid powertrain, which should be good for about 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, many other novelties are about to come as well. The 2021 Toyota Tundra will get a new platform, codenamed F1, which will bring significant improvements in many aspects, including notable weight reduction. Also, the new model will feature a new rear suspension, probably with some air components. We expect to see it in the next year.

Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier Rendering Photo

If you think that Toyota Tundra is the oldest truck around, you’re wrong. The current generation of Nissan Frontier has been around for full 15 years and it looks are finally about to see a complete overhaul. As you may presume, changes will be significant, given the model’s age.

Interestingly, the new model will carry on with the good-old F-Alpha platform, which will be significantly updated and upgraded for this occasion. The new model should share a lot of parts with the current-generation Navara and the latest reports suggest that the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t plan any form of electrifications. The new model should come in a year or two.

Ford Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor

The Ranger has recently come back to North America. However, it is the same truck that can be seen on the roads of Australia for almost a decade. Therefore, we expect a complete redesign in the near future. Along with the new model, a hi-performance Raptor version should come as well. Compared to the international version, it will come with a gasoline engine, with significantly more power.

Of course, all other kinds of upgrades are about to come as well, including tuned suspension and lots of distinctive details, with a lot of inspiration taken from the full-size F-150 Raptor. We expect to see this model in about two years, probably as 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor.

Volkswagen Amarok and Atlas Tanoak

VW Tanoak Concept

This German manufacturer also prepares interesting future pickup trucks, as two new models are about to come. First of all, we are about to see a complete redesign of the Amarok. The company signed a new partnership with Ford, so the new generation will be heavily based on the new Ranger. This refers to all aspects, so it looks very likely that the new truck will be coming out from the same factory line as its blue oval counterpart. The new model should come in about a year or two and it won’t be available in North America.

Another big novelty will be VW Atlas Tanoak, which is a truck designed for the U.S. market. The concept version has already been presented and we don’t expect that the production model will go far away from that. It will be based on the Atlas SUV, which means the unibody platform, which means that the Ridgeline will get a new rival. We expect to see it on the market in about two years, with the base price around 30.000 dollars.

Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Although recently updated, it looks like the most popular mid-size pickup truck in North America will get a complete overhaul sooner than you may expect. First of all, the updates were pretty mild. The styling remained pretty much the same, as well as the engine lineup. Another thing that comes to mind is a new F1 platform, which will be modular. So, the development of a new Tacoma should starts right after the company is done with the new Tundra. That means we could see the next-generation model already in two or three years. Naturally, we count on all kinds of novelties, including hybrid powertrain options.

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