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Truck Trend November/December 2018

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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flying on a cloud

JGonderman@trucktrend.com @Mr_JGone It’s quite an interesting world that we magazine folk live in. In many ways, we’re not unlike the modern carny. We live on the road, going where we’re told when we’re told, and live almost totally at the mercy of those who are running the traveling circus from which we can’t escape. Our days often blur into what amounts to a never-ending road trip, split up only by brief stints in the flying aluminum torture tube. It’s easy to get caught up in the glitz, glamor, wine, and dine whirlwind. So for that reason it is important to break this cycle from time to time, if for nothing else to preserve some sort of sanity and reconnect with the real world, if even briefly. I recently had a chance for some…

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trending now

FOLLOWING THE PROJECT Basecamp and Armada Mountain Patrol, Nissan’s newest show vehicle, the Titan Surfcamp, moves the company’s outdoorsy ethos to the beach. Based on a Titan XD with the Cummins 5.0L V-8, the Surfcamp comes with a long list of added features perfect for a day at the beach. A Rhino Rack Batwing awning provides plenty of shade from the sun, and custom surf fishing rod mounts help catch dinner. The Titan Surfcamp also has a DECKED bed storage system down below and a Leitner Design cargo rack above, the latter carrying a Freespirit Recreation rooftop tent. The Titan XD also gets off-road lighting from KC, Rigid, and Baja Designs. When it’s time to go home, a Road Shower solar shower and teak decking help rinse away sand. A custom…

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what’s on motor trend this month?

SEP 10 ROADKILL GARAGE 7.10 (35) SEP 12 ENGINE MASTERS EP. 7.8 (38) SEP 17 DIRT EVERY DAY EP. 7.9 (81) SEP 19 IGNITION EP. 7.10 (196) SEP 24 HOT ROD GARAGE EP. 7.8 (68) SEP 26 HEAD 2 HEAD EP. 7.10 (107) OCT 1 ROADKILL EP. 7.5 (76) OCT 3 PUT UP OR SHUT UP EP. 7.4 (10) OCT 8 ROADKILL GARAGE 7.11 (36) OCT 10 ENGINE MASTERS EP. 7.10 (40) OCT 15 DIRT EVERY DAY EP. 7.10 (82) OCT 22 HOT ROD GARAGE EP. 7.9 (69) OCT 29 ROADKILL EP. 7.6 (77) OCT 31 PUT UP OR SHUT UP EP. 7.5 (11) Mondays through Fridays: New Roadkill Extra and Dirt Every Day Extra MotorTrend.com Schedule key: Original programs *The program information provided is subject to change.…

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morning commute

@brett_t_evans You might already know that Truck Trend is the flagship of the Truck Trend Network, a group of magazines that includes Truckin and Diesel Power, as well as heritage titles like 8-Lug, Work Truck Review, and RV. One of my favorite aspects of this partnership is the variety it lends to our work. Case in point: the 2018 Diesel Power Challenge Presented by XDP. DPC 2018 took place in June, and it was a lot of fun. I’ll let Diesel Power tell you all about it, so if you haven’t picked up your copy of that magazine, go do so. “THERE’S NOTHING LIKE SPENDING 18 HOURS ON THE ROAD, USING THE TIME TO MEDITATE, CATCH UP WITH FAMILY ON THE PHONE, AND LISTEN TO ALL SORTS OF GOOD MUSIC.” But while I…

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four-cylinder power for fullsize trucks

Engine downsizing has been the subject of much discussion over the past decade or so, with truck automakers abandoning large-displacement V-8s in favor of efficient, powerful V-6 engines. Ford is perhaps best-known for this phenomenon, making waves in ’11 when it made the EcoBoost 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 its top engine option and then again in ’15 with a surprisingly small 2.7L EcoBoost V-6, serving as a middle child between the base 3.5L naturally aspirated V-6 and the more conventional 5.0L V-8. But now, Chevrolet will likely dominate the small-engine conversation with its latest announcement: a turbocharged 2.7L I-4 that will be offered as the base engine for the ’19 Silverado LT and RST. The 2.7L I-4 will produce 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 348 lb-ft from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm…

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the v-8s get love, too

While the new four-cylinder powerplant was the star of the show, there was something else GM wanted us to experience while at Milford. That “something” is called Dynamic Fuel Management, or DFM for short. DFM is the evolution of Chevrolet’s Active Fuel Management technology (AFM), which was first deployed in the brand’s 5.3L V-8 engine back in ’05. Since then, AFM has been introduced into four different engine families and applied to a variety of vehicles ranging from fullsize SUVs like the Suburban to legendary sports cars like the Corvette. The modern version of the 13-year-old technology is extremely complex, but it aims to deliver a simple concept: a wider optimal operating range for an ideal balance of power and fuel efficiency. Unlike AFM, DFM features deactivating lifters on all eight…