Pickup Truck Roll Into State Fair Of Texas With Updated Models And Powertrains
Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, and Ram Pickups Roll into State Fair of Texas with updated models and powertrains.
If Texas had an official vehicle, it would be a pickup truck. More of the mighty 4x4s are sold in the Lone Star state each year than any other.
Consequently, the annual State Fair of Texas offers more than just livestock exhibitions, leather goods, and smoked meats these days. Taking place in Dallas this weekend, fair organizers dedicate a sizeable chunk of their valuable fairground real estate to, you guessed it, pickups. Called the "truck zone," the area is devoted solely to these valued workhorses and all the accessories a weekend warrior or Texas rancher needs or could want.
Here are the highlights.
Ford's Power Play
Of all the truck manufacturers to make news at this year's fair, only Ford announced some headline-making numbers of the type the pickup segment typically trades in. In short, the 2020 version of the company’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 has received a bump is power and torque to 1050 lb-ft of torque and 475 horsepower, respectively. That's enough grunt to knock the Cummins diesel-equipped RAM HD, which develops 1000 lb-ft and 400 horsepower, from its perch atop power mountain.
Ford also confirmed that its new 7.3-liter "Godzilla" V-8 gasoline engine, which will also be available in its Super Duty truck lineup, will be rated at 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque; that's an increase of 29 horsepower and 11 lb-ft of torque over GM's 6.6-liter V-8 and increase of 20 more horsepower and 46 lb-ft of torque over Ram's 6.4-liter gasoline Hemi V-8, respectively.
This being the extremely competitive truck world, expect a response from the competition—and probably soon.
Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition
New for the 2019 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes the scene with the return of the popular Midnight and Rally Edition trim packages. The Midnight Edition brings blacked-out accents to the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss pickup while the Rally Edition Silverado 1500 is aimed at upping the visual appeal for the street set.
Available on the Trail Boss Custom and Trail Boss LT trims, the Midnight Edition is mostly a cosmetic option. Featuring a blacked-out grille, bumpers, and exhaust the dark treatment extends to the insignia, with black Silverado badging and Chevy bowtie emblems. Red tow hooks stand out against in the sea of black.
The Trail Boss off-road package is in full effect on Midnight Edition, including the factory Z72 off-road package with Rancho monotube shocks, a two-inch suspension lift, an automatic locking rear differential, skid plates, and 18-inch painted black wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac rubber. The Custom trim Trail Boss Midnight Edition is available with either the 5.3-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission or the 6.2-liter V-8 with a 10-speed automatic while the upmarket LT trim Trail Boss Midnight Edition gets the 6.2-liter and ten-speed as the sole powertrain option.
Neither of these vehicles indeed offers the same degree of open-desert running capability as the purpose-built Ford Raptor, but their well-curated hardware package offers enough off-road capability for the type of situations most owners will encounter.
The street-focused Rally Edition Silverado 1500 is essentially the anti-trail boss. Available in Custom and RST trims, buyers can select from Black, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, or Summit White exterior finishes, each one featuring a matching grille. Black striping compliments black tailgate lettering, badging, and exhaust tips.
Chevrolet's turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain choice for the Custom trim Rally Edition, while the RST trim Rally Edition relies on either the 5.3-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or the 6.2-liter V-8 with a ten-speed automatic transmission for motivation.
RAM 2020 1500 Black Edition and 2020 Ram HD Night Editions
RAM, formerly known as Dodge, has fielded Texas-only special editions like the Lone Star and Yellow Rose of Texas edition in past years, But the company took a less overt tact this year and ginned up the 2020 1500 Limited Black Edition and Heavy-Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions to debut at the fair.
The 1500 Limited is already the top trim level for the half-ton model, and now it's available with more, uh, black. Included in the treatment are the grille and lettering, badging, tow hooks, exhaust, premium LED headlamps, grille surround, bumpers, door handles, and side-view mirrors. Available in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations the 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black is available with a variety of powertrains, including the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque.
The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions feature black grille with body-colored surround, black badging and black 20-inch wheels, and 17-inch black wheels with machined pockets on the dual rear wheel models. Available on Ram 2500 and 3500 4x2 and 4x4 Crew Cabs, powertrains include a choice of 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 or the much-ballyhooed 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 with up to 1000-lb-ft of torque.
New-ish 2020 Nissan Titan
Nissan sidestepped the popular blackout treatment, instead choosing to debut it's refreshed 2020 Titan. Comprised primarily of a new grille, bumper, headlamps, and foglamps it offers a fresh take on the polarizing upright Nissan fascia. Three new wheel designs are also on offer. A redesigned interior features an available new nine-inch infotainment screen and onboard Wi-Fi. The design work was carried out by a design team at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California.