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Truck Trend

Truck Trend

January/February 2020

Each issue of Truck Trend is full of the latest news on everything from bare-bones pick-ups to luxury sport utility vehicles. Truck Trend is also packed with road tests, performance style upgrades, and the expert information our readers have come to expect.

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TEN: The Enthusiast Network
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1 min.
truck trend

EDITORIAL Sean P. Holman NETWORK CONTENT DIRECTOR Jason Gonderman EDITOR Courtney McKinnon MANAGING EDITOR Brett T. Evans STAFF EDITOR Brandon Scarpelli DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Greg P. Smith ART DIRECTOR Alan Muir CREATIVE DIRECTOR TRUCK TREND NETWORK BRANDS Diesel Power Truckin CONTRIBUTORS Alex Steele • Colin Ryan • Chad Kirchner Elana Scherr • Gary Witzenburg G.R. Whale • Nick Kurczewski ADVERTISING Jerome Dziechiasz GENERAL MANAGER Maher Boulos NETWORK ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Michael Essex EASTERN SALES DIRECTOR, 863-860-6023 Scott Timberlake WESTERN SALES DIRECTOR, 310-531-5969 Monica Hernandez ADVERTISING OPERATIONS MANAGER ADVERTISING SALES DETROIT Joe Didato • Matt Smith 4327 Delemere CourtRoyal Oak, MI 48073 248-594-5999 LOS ANGELES Mark Dewey • Chuck Miller 831 S. Douglas St. El Segundo, CA 90245 310-531-9900 NEW YORK Janet Catallo • Jeff Chau • Jim Keplesky 850 Third Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10022 212-548-5555 TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC PRESIDENT Kevin Mullan SVP, EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OPERATIONS Amy Diamond GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE NETWORK Tim Foss SENIOR DIRECTOR, FINANCE Catherine Temkin CONSUMER MARKETING, ENTHUSIAST MEDIA SUBSCRIPTION COMPANY, INC. SVP, CIRCULATION Tom Slater VP, RETENTION & OPERATIONS FULFILLMENT Donald T. Robinson III VP,…

3 min.
top gear is here!

JGonderman@trucktrend.com @Mr_JGone I have been a big Top Gear fan for nearly as long as I can remember. If you have to ask what Top Gear is, I don’t think we can be friends. And before we get too far off course, I’m talking about the original British version of the show that aired on the BBC (I did enjoy the Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust version of Top Gear America, but you’ll never get me to admit it in public). For the uninitiated, Top Gear is one of the most popular factual television series in the world. The show launched in its most famous format in 2002, and it has been running continuously for 27 seasons now. Why is all of this important, you ask? Until recently, it was quite difficult to…

5 min.
trending now

Jeep Wrangler Gets Two Special Editions for 2020 Jeep has announced it is adding the Willys Edition and the Wrangler Black and Tan Edition to the 2020 JL Wrangler lineup. The Willys Edition resurrects a popular JK Wrangler trim, adding a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails, and special shocks to the Wrangler Sport S. Thirty-two-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires come mounted on black 17-inch wheels, and the Willys gets sporty design cues like a military-inspired hood graphic and blacked-out grille panel. It starts at $33,740 for the two-door and $37,240 for the Unlimited. The Wrangler Black and Tan Edition features a Wizard Black instrument panel with Tan cloth seats, available with a variety of exterior colors. The vehicle sits on 17-inch Machine Granite wheels with all-terrain tires. It has low gloss badging…

3 min.
life at 20

@brett_t_evans Fun fact: With starting prices at less than $20,000, Nissan sells the least expensive new sedan (Versa) and pickup (Frontier), as well as one of the cheapest crossovers (Kicks), in the U.S. market. Unsurprisingly, that makes Nissan a disproportionally popular brand among some of the most important consumers in the country: Generation Z. Keen to explore that dynamic, we gratefully accepted an invitation to head out to Miami and partake in what Nissan called “Life at 20,” a college vacation–themed entrée into some of the company’s cheapest products. And while we enjoyed our time in the incredibly well-equipped Versa, nimble Kicks, and charming Frontier, the lingering takeaway was our time spent in “Generation Z School,” a class proctored by industry analyst Ed Kim from AutoPacific. “THAT’S RIGHT, LESS THAN FIVE YEARS AFTER…

9 min.
tow (like a) pro

For the last decade or so, the heavy-duty truck market has been full of competitive spirit, with each automaker churning out a new technology or powertrain that one-ups the others in some way. However, with a few exceptions, General Motors has been content to watch Ford and Ram return volley for volley—sitting out on the max-towing measuring contest specifically. That changes with the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra HD, available as always in ¾-ton 2500HD and 1-ton 3500HD variants. Thanks to a completely redesigned platform, suspension, and drivetrain, the new Sierra HD can haul a trailer weighing up to 35,500 pounds, pole-vaulting over the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty and 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty. What’s more, all dual-rear-wheel/Duramax diesel configurations can tow at least 30,000 pounds, even in heavier, more option-laden trim…

3 min.
a civil union

GMC has had a busy year, between the 2019 Sierra 1500’s arrival in showrooms late last year and the debut of the 2020 Sierra HD earlier this year (see our first drive on page 16). Yet, in the midst of all those massively important launches, the truck you see here is the one we’ve been looking forward to driving the most: the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax. When that all-new Sierra 1500 was announced in March 2018, company representatives said it would be available with an all-new 3.0L turbodiesel I-6, and they made good on that promise. We’re finally behind the wheel of GMC’s ½-ton Duramax. Naturally positioned above the GMC Canyon’s 2.8L Duramax I-4 and the Sierra HD’s 6.6L Duramax V-8, the 3.0L I-6 features loads of technological advancements, including Active…