2016 Chicago Show Highlights: ‘Hot’ Trucks Rock Windy City

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Chicago Auto Show is a well-known place for pickup trucks make its world debut. And for this year’s event, we can see at least six trucks doing world premiere (even though that there’s no an all-new model). Two of them are hotter version of current model. Ram and Toyota introduced new types that target F-150 Raptor.

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2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is ready head-to-head with 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew that made its debut at 2016 NAIAS last January. Based on 2500 model, Ram has changed the exterior and interior. The exterior part, the carmaker replaces the chrome trim with matte black trim that you see on the grille and front bumper. Following the Raptor style, the Power Wagon comes up with a big ‘RAM’ lettering on the grille. It’s even bigger than the previous one.

At the rear, you will see blacked rear bumper (no more chrome accent), and darker LED taillights. New decal designs are now offered in silver or black and add that little bit of extra style to the six available exterior colors. Inside, the 2017 Power Wagon include new seat upholstery and the option of a black headliner but other than those changes, everything remains the same. Under the hood, Ram brings HEMI V8 6.4 liter producing 410 hp. The engine is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Ford is not only get a resistance from US, but also from Japan. At 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota revealed Tacoma TRD Pro to the crowd. Yeah, it wants to fight with other American ‘hot’ trucks. So what is offered by Toyota to compete with ’em? Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab Short Bed, the Pro rides on new FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks and TRD springs on the front with a 1-inch lift, and a TRD-tuned suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring on the rear.

Outside, the Tacoma looks tougher than the regular version, thanks to 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels on Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires, an aluminum skid plate on the front, LED fog lights and DRLs, and a classic Toyota emblem on the blacked out grille. Unfortunately, there’s no change in the engine bay. It still comes with V6 3.5 liter produces 278 hp and it’s mated to 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic transmission. 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will go on sale in the fall this year.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Chicago Auto Show, Ram, & Toyota

 

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