2016 NAIAS Highlights: Pickup Trucks is Still in American Heart


Like what I’ve written in a previous post (2016 NAIAS Highlights: The 4-Door Turn), pickup trucks are the best-selling car in 2015. Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500 are sitting in the first, second, and third place. It means that American still like trucks, no matter how much the gas price is. And Detroit Auto Show is the best place to introduce the new trucks (beside Chicago Auto Show). At 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Ford, Honda, and Nissan showed off its latest trucks.


Ford decided to add two-door for the hardcore model of F-150 Raptor, named F-150 Raptor SuperCrew. The fast full-size truck is made for those who likes doing off-road with family or friends. The automaker has stretched its wheelbase 304.8 mm meaning now the Raptor has 3,683 mm wheelbase. Like its sibling, the 4-door truck is 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor, thanks to high-strength steel and aluminum that’s used for its construction.


For off-road needs, Ford offers six-mode off-road system and torque-on-demand transfer case to help driver passing through the rough terrain. And its suspension using 284.4 cm Fox Racing shocks. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is powered by EcoBoost V6 3.5 liter producing 411 hp and mated to 10-speed automatic transmission.


Finally Honda unveiled the second-generation of Ridgeline at 2016 NAIAS. The much-anticipated mid-size truck now looked more modern, more elegant, and of course has a lot of hi-tech features. If you expected to see a tough and brand new exterior design on the latest Ridgeline, you’ll be disappointed. At the front you can see a similar exterior design with latest Honda Pilot.

Honda’s designers keep the headlights with boomerang-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights and the chrome grille that flows through the headlamps. Fortunately, the Japanese company has designed a new front bumper which features square turn signals and circle fog lights. From side, you will realize that beside has a more modern design, the Ridgeline has a more conventional pickup thanks to its boxy design and tall flat-bed.


Inside, the interior design is almost the same to 2017 Pilot. But Ridgeline comes with a traditional automatic transmission shift, instead of the buttons. And the bed is apparently scratch-resistant and comes with a dual action tailgate, a 400-watt AC power inverter and an in-bed audio system that uses six exciters placed inside the bed wall in order to release sound coming from the truck’s audio system for a total output of 540 watts.


Under the hood, Honda offers a gasoline engine V6 3.5 liter that is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. For the all-wheel-drive, there’s a Honda’s Terrain Management System that allows the driver to choose a mode driving: Normal, Sand, Mud, and Snow. Like what I’ve said before, now the newest Ridgeline has a lot of hi-tech features, such as Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. Moreover, all of the models will get a multi-angle rearview camera as standard.


Seems like the hot trucks segment is ‘hot’ right now. After Ford has launched F-150 Raptor, its competitor, Ram decided to release 1500 Rebel which becomes the real contender. And at 2016 Detroit Auto Show, a Japanese carmaker showed off its latest hot truck to the crowd. Yeah, Nissan has revealed Titan XD Warrior Concept.

“Even though our all-new 2016 Titan XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where TITAN might go in the future,” said José Muñoz, Nissan’s executive vice president and chairman of Nissan North America. It means that Warrior might go into production in the future.


Compare to the latest regular Titan, the concept comes up with more-macho and tougher exterior design. Nissan’s designers redesigned the headlights which now has LED technology, the black grille, and front bumper. Moreover, on the engine hood there are vents to cool the engine and LED lights on the roof that useful when doing off-road. And at the rear, you can see the redesigned LED taillights and quad-exhaust. Titan Warrior is painted in a custom matte gunmetal shade called ‘Thunder’, with orange and black details so that it looks like wearing a protective armor.

Other differences between regular Titan and Titan Warrior are its height where the concept has 2,070 mm, meanwhile the production comes with 1,998 mm, and now the Warrior gets 37-inch off-road tires. For the engine, Nissan Titan XD Warrior Concept has V8 5.0 litter Cummins turbo diesel and mated to Aisin heavy-duty 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Honda, Ford, & NAIAS


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