Not content to let its competitors have all the off-road fun, GM is striking back with the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD ($TBA). This new concept features suspension upgrades, a higher ground clearance, and wider stance than the typical Sierra, along with a 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 pumping out 397 hp and 765 pound-feet of torque, rugged tires, and built-in cargo boxes on the sides of the bed.
Born out of a lifelong love for the classic Toyota Land Cruiser, the Icon FJ Series ($126,000 and up) is a modern re-imagining of the legendary off-roader. Available in three body styles, the FJ's features include a standard 5.3 Liter, 350hp V8 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Dynatrac Dana 60/40 based axles, Marine-rated vinyl on the seats, an Atlas II transfer case, aluminum knobs, sport pedals, an optional soft top, aeronautics-inspired dash panles, and a Teflon polyester hybrid powder coat that can stand up to the worst punishment you can dish out, even if that's just a trip over potholed suburban streets.
Placing third in Egypt's Pharaoh's Rally is no easy task, especially for a auto-making unit that recently switched ownership — but that's exactly what the QT Wildcat 500DKR ($TBA). Billed as a "full-blown rally raid machine," this mean off-roader is powered by a 4-liter Jaguar V8 good for 275hp, and features a fully ruggedized chassis, drivetrain, and electronics, including a high-strength steel space frame, a light weight composite body shell, larger dampers with coil over springs capable of handling more punishment than you're likely to dish out, and more.
With a bold, oversized body and enough power to tear your neighbor's house right off the foundation, the new 2011 Ford Super Duty ($TBA; Spring 2010) is bound to be the manliest truck on your block. Offered with either a new "Scorpion" 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 or a 6.2-liter gas-powered V8, the new Super Duty is a tower's dream, with advanced features like Trailer Sway Control, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Decent Control, an all-new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission, and a gauge cluster-mounted 4.2-inch LCD for keeping an eye on all the different systems.
If Ford's standard-issue F-150 just isn't manly enough for you, take a gander at the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor ($TBA). This high-performance off-road terror packs a 5.4L Triton V8 making 320 hp, a completely redesigned front suspension with shocks from Fox Racing, a unique grill, a body that's seven inches wider than a stock F-150, BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires, optional graphics, and more.
It's a little early for an April Fool's Day joke, so we're going to go ahead and report on the surprisingly cool 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck ($TBA). First things first — we're going to have to do something about that name. This is the next generation El Camino. Period. So let's make it official. Pontiac has set up a site for guys to submit naming ideas. Like our compatriots at Jalopnik, we are officially supporting the El Camino moniker. So click on over and tell Pontiac what this thing is going to be called. Ok, back to the new truck-car. The 2010 El Camino, based on the Pontiac G8 GT sedan, will feature a 361-hp 6.0-liter V8 (good for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds) and can handle up to a 1,300-pound payload and tow up to a 3,500-pound trailer. Extras include 18-inch wheels, four-wheel independent suspension with electronic stability control, and a 230-watt Blaupunkt AM/FM/six-disc CD changer with MP3 integration. [More Photos]
Just when you thought trucks couldn’t get much cooler, here comes something like the F-250 Super Chief Concept ($TBD) to blow that thought out of the water. It carries super-bold styling that “underscores the design and innovation that will define all Ford vehicles going forward,” a supercharged V-10 that can run for 500 miles between fill-ups on hydrogen, E85 ethanol or gasoline, and an interior full of high-grade materials like American walnut, brushed aluminum and rich brown leather. Add to that some state-of-the-art safety equipment, and you have another show vehicle that we’re begging Ford to put into production.
Trucks have always been known for their utility, but only recently have we seen a push for performance in these beasts — and when it comes to performance, this truck is the tops. The Dodge Ram SRT-10 (starting at $47,000) boasts an engine stolen from a Dodge family member — specifically the 8.3 liter V-10 from the Viper that produces 500 horsepower and propels the SRT-10 from 0-60 in just a hair over 5 seconds. Other niceties include 22-inch wheels, a six-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter, and an aluminum cover with a fixed spoiler. Haul people, haul cargo, or just haul ass.
The 2005 Nissan NISMO Frontier (starting at $22,100; King Cab or Crew Cab) is a tough mid-size truck with tons of good looks and added performance features from Nissan's Motorsports group. Built on the F-Alpha platform shared with its big brother, the full-size Titan, the Frontier sports off-road tuned Bilstein performance shocks, skid plates, and 16-inch wheels with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. It has a 265-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and an electronic locking rear differential and 4-wheel limited slip to help you on your off-road excursions to the mall.
If you want luxury, but need a pickup, you don't have to compromise. The 2006 Lincoln Mark LT (starting at $40,000) has the best of everything and can still get the dirtiest job done. The truck features real ebony wood trim, a boatload of leather (steering wheel, instrument panel, seats, etc.), 6-disc in-dash CD player, subwoofer, optional 7-inch flip-down DVD system, and much more on the inside. Outside, it sports a beautiful chrome grille, four full-size doors, a 5.5 foot pickup bed, and rear park assist sensors. Under the hood, the Mark Lt packs a V-8 that generates 300 hp and 365 lb.-ft of torque for impressive towing capacity.
Trucks — manly, versatile, powerful. Nothing exudes manliness quite like a truck, and no truck pulls it off quite like the Sierra Denali (starting at$43,000). Like the Yukons of the same family, the Sierra Denali features the best of all the goodies and technology, along with boasting a 345 horsepower engine and heavy-duty everything. Remember, just because you’re driving a truck doesn’t mean you can’t be driving in style.