MORE OP­TIONS THAN EVER BE­FORE

Diesel Power - - 2019 Diesel Truck And Van Buyerõs Guide -

JUST A FEW YEARS ago, if you wanted a diesel pickup truck or van you had one op­tion: heavy duty. Within that cat­e­gory there was a sin­gle of­fer­ing from each of the Big Three: Ford, Chevro­let, and Ram (then Dodge). Things have changed, and to­day, in ad­di­tion to those three, there are two mid­size pick­ups, three light-duty, and one tweener. That doesn’t even men­tion vans, which used to only of­fer the same high-out­put diesel-hun­gry V-8s as the trucks. To­day, you can get a van with a four-cylin­der, an in­line-five, or a V-6. Though the U.S. mar­ket hasn’t trans­formed into a diesel won­der­land like Eu­rope and much of the world, the amount of choice is en­cour­ag­ing. With talk of the Ford Ranger re­turn­ing to the U.S. mar­ket, it’s likely the duo from Gen­eral Mo­tors will have some com­pe­ti­tion in the mid­size diesel truck seg­ment, too. Now all we need is Toy­ota to bring over a diesel en­gine in the Ta­coma for things to re­ally heat up, and that Cum­mins I-4– pow­ered Nis­san Fron­tier con­cept from awhile back is still in our minds.

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