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Truck Trend January/February 2019

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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jerry was a race-car driver

JGonderman@trucktrend.com @Mr_JGone Jerry, they say, was a race-car driver. Legend has it he drove so damn fast, and while he never did win any races, he never did come in last. At least that’s how the story goes. I, like most people, don’t know who Jerry was, but alas, strive to be just like him. As you all should be aware by now, I am a truck guy on the exterior, but at my core, I’m just a lover all things fast and loud. Throughout my career, I’ve been given the opportunity to drive plenty of powerful cars, trucks, and SUVs. That’s right, cars as well. And unlike some proclaimed “truck guys,” I’d never turn down the opportunity. There’s always so much more to learn, so whenever the opportunity arises to be tutored…

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trending now

Sergio Marchionne: 1952-2018 FORMER FIAT CHRYSLER Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne died in July following complications from surgery. The day before he died, FCA announced the CEO had fallen ill and would not return to work, naming Mike Manley as his successor. At the time, Manley was the head of Ram and Jeep brands, two of FCA’s most profitable and popular nameplates. Marchionne came into the FCA picture in 2008, helping return both Fiat and Chrysler to profitability thanks to an infusion of cash and new products. Marchionne also presided over the reintroduction to the U.S. of the Alfa Romeo and Fiat brands. Many have credited the former CEO with saving FCA and its subsidiaries. Our sincere condolences go to Sergio Marchionne’s family and loved ones for their loss. 2019 Ford F-150 Limited Gets High-Output…

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tailgating the right way

@brett_t_evans September is a great time of year—there’s still enough daylight and nice weather for one last summer bash. And if that bash just happens to include country music’s greatest hitmakers, some really good barbecue, and the all-new ’19 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, so much the better. And so we showed up at the legendary Forum in Inglewood, California, on the first day of September for the first-ever Tailgate Fest. Most shows at the Forum take place inside the arena, but this event was held in the parking lot, where guests were encouraged to drop their tailgates, set up grilles and tents, and hang out with each other. And there was music for every taste, thanks to country artists like Randy Houser and Parmalee, along with R&B superstar Nelly, who brought up Florida…

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the wait is over!

Chevrolet shocked us all when it unveiled the all-new and radically redesigned ’19 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GMC Followed suit with the new Sierra a month later at an invitation-only event, also in Detroit. The Silverado and Sierra both sport a new frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, and a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum. Exterior styling broke with decades of typical GM design and set a new standard for the future of Silverado and Sierra. Since their debut, we’ve been learning more and more about the new pickups as information has been slowly dished out. However, seat time is what we’ve been patiently waiting for. Silverado and Sierra are available with six engine and three…

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As we know, Ram’s all-new ’19 1500 pickups are substantially improved over the previous generation. They are stiffer and stronger, yet average 225 pounds lighter, with higher max payload and tow ratings. Their interiors are plusher and their bodies slicker thanks to active grille shutters, a retracting front air dam, and class-exclusive available air suspension. Their new 4x4 Off-Road Package offers an electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks, and Hill-Descent Control, and new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) helps deliver arguably best-in-class ride. But what is likely these new Rams’ most significant new feature is an industry-exclusive eTorque 48-volt, mild-hybrid system that improves fuel economy, driveability, and powertrain smoothness. Standard on the base 3.6L Pentastar V-6 and a $1,450 option on the available 5.7L HEMI V-8, it replaces the engine’s traditional alternator…

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excitement electrified

It’s not very often that we at Truck Trend get to test electric vehicles. Not because we don’t like to—rather, there simply aren’t that many. Ford ended production of the all-electric Ranger in ’02, and aside from the Tesla Model X, there’s nary an SUV in the bunch. That is, until now. With the introduction of the ’19 I-Pace, Jaguar has become the first mainstream auto manufacturer to mass-produce a fully electric luxury SUV. While we refuse to call it—or anything—a “Tesla Killer,” the I-Pace certainly gives Elon Musk’s utility a run for its money. I-Pace starts at $69,500 and has an estimated range of 240 miles. While still lofty, that price is more than $13,000 cheaper than a comparable Tesla Model X 75D, which has an EPA-rated range of 237…