8 most exciting new pickups, from Rivian to Hummer EV

America loves pickup. The three best-selling vehicles in America are all pickup trucks. They dwarf the sale of everything else. whether you’re looking at dollars or unit sales.

Now we get a whole host of electric trucks as well, which provides new opportunities and probably new owners for the pickup. But electric cars are not taking over the world yet. There are still plenty of petrol and diesel-powered pickups on the market this year.

So with that in mind, here are my picks for the eight best pickup trucks to be launched for 2022.

8. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

ZR2 is the terrain variant of Silverado.Chevrolet

The new Silverado ZR2 is Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Raptor, adding upgraded tires, suspension and an aggressive new look to the company’s flagship pickup. It will arrive in the spring of 2022 along with a completely new (and much-needed) interior for the Chevrolet and GMC pickup.

7. GMC Hummer EV Pickup

The GMC Hummer EV is a £ 10,000 monument to eco-excess.GMC

The Hummer name returns with this massive all-electric luxury pickup. The roof is removable and connects to the Jeep Gladiator in the convertible pickup world, and it can even drive sideways thanks to four-wheel steering and Crab Walk mode.

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup will not sell in large numbers, but it will be a (huge) glove thrown down to show that electric cars do not have to be small, efficient or even environmentally friendly to exist. Did I mention it’s big?

6. Hyundai Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has an appealing El Camino-like appearance.Hyundai

Hyundai Santa Cruz is the opposite of the Hummer EV. It is small, agile and focused on people who may have never owned a pickup before. It’s similar to the Ford Maverick in that respect, and takes the benefit of pickup trucks to a city-focused audience. If they can only make an electric …

5. Rivian R1T

R1T shows how car manufacturers can take advantage of the EV transformation to reconsider how a vehicle should be designed.Rivian

Rivian R1T is a new thinking from top to bottom of what a pickup should be, made possible by a completely new car manufacturer that uses a completely new platform. It has smart storage and a world-conquering attitude (and driveline), and even a kitchen on board.

This truck shows the potential for a possible all-electric future.

4. Toyota Tundra

The tundra will have a completely new look for 2022.Toyota

The new Toyota Tundra is a massive redesign for the venerable and much-loved pickup, which provides a much-needed interior refurbishment that will eventually be added to the entire Toyota range. As the largest full-size truck race to the big three of GM, Ford and RAM, having a brand new Tundra means only good things for truck buyers.

3. Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford says Lightning will be one Built Ford Tough F-150 above all.Ford

Perhaps the most important new truck to come in 2022, the F-150 Lightning is perhaps most significant for its name. Ford did not have to put the name of its iconic and best-selling truck in the name – it could only have been Ford Lightning. But the marketing guru at Ford named it F-150 Lightning, which shows how much confidence they have in the product and electric vehicles in general.

Remember that Ford put its second iconic nameplate – the Mustang – on an electric SUV earlier this year.

2. Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick is designed for people who have never owned a pickup before.Ford

Ford Maverick is an exciting entry into the pickup wars. The smallest truck that Ford makes, it is aimed at people who have never owned a truck before (and it works, according to Ford spokespersons). Starting at $ 21,000 and with a 42 mpg standard hybrid driveline, the Maverick will likely be largely sold out throughout 2022.

1. GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

GMC says the Sierra Denali Ultimate is the most luxurious pickup ever.GMC

GMC Sierra gets a nice update for 2021, with a completely new interior, a new ultra-luxury Denali Ultimate trim (which GMC says is the most luxurious pickup ever) and support for Super Cruise – it’s GM’s hands-free driving system and it’s the first time it will be in a pickup.

It even supports hands-free towing, which will be the key to long-distance travel that many full-size truck buyers love to take. The Ultimate starts at just over $ 81,000 fully equipped.

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