New mid-size pickups from Ford, Jeep (and maybe VW) entrance to a play nearby you

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Ford’s new midsize pickup boasts a prolonged list of features, 7,500-pound towing ability and adult to 26 mpg on a highway.
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic

Just when we suspicion a roads could not presumably accommodate nonetheless another pickup, a call of new trucks is streamer for a streets.

These are not a large and muscular behemoths Americans bombard out $35,000-and-up on, like Ford’s F-150, a full-size pickup that nose to tail spans 19 feet, 3 inches. These are brawny, smaller tykes, like a 17-foot-7 Ford Ranger, a mid-size lorry launched in Oct with a $24,300 bottom price.

Four years ago, a Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma were a usually mid-size pickups being done for U.S. highways. Then a Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline were launched. Now dual some-more pickups are on a approach — a Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.

Three other mid-size pickups are probable — a Tesla, a Hyundai Santa Cruz and Volkswagen’s due Tanoak. The final could issue on a VW public line during Chattanooga, boosting the substantial village of automobile tools suppliers who followed a German automaker into East Tennessee.

“There’s a new marketplace that has grown adult around mid-size trucks,” pronounced Matt DeLorenzo, handling editor of Kelley Blue Book, a automobile researcher and marketplace analyst. “There hadn’t been new charity for some years.”

Will VW wade into to a lorry game?

Whether Volkswagen follows Ford and General Motors into a middle-rung pickup marketplace is an open question. VW usually spent $1.2 billion on a underused Passat sedan plant during Chattanooga, readying it for public of a 7-seat Atlas sport-utility automobile and a 5-seat various scheduled to strech dealers this year. The Atlas assembly line still has ability adequate to spin out an Atlas-based pickup. 

VW engineer Klaus Bischoff called a Tanoak “the many American Volkswagen ever” when a pickup was suggested as a what-it-might-look-like judgment automobile sporting 276 horsepower during a New York International Auto Show final spring. Since then, VW execs have been cautious. 

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