Most truck owners don’t purchase their vehicles because they’re trendy. For the most part, pick-up trucks are utilitarian vehicles ideal for transporting or towing heavy bulky loads. Yet more and more, they serve dual purposes and function as family vehicles as well, and while we don’t buy them to be trendy, we do want them to keep up with some of the latest trends. Here are the top six 2017 truck trends you can expect:
Between the rising costs of fuel and government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, you can bet that truck makers will be pushing their engineers to make vehicles even more fuel efficient. Big trucks are not the gas guzzlers that they once were. Ford’s F-150 for example now is available with a diesel engine option and V-6.
Special Edition Packages
2017 will likely see truck manufacturers coming up with more creative ways to provide value for money. As a result, we could be seeing more companies offering special edition trim packages. A notable example of this is the Ram Rebel special edition truck which features black bezels on the doors, console, and gauge cluster along with accent stitching and embroidery on its heated seats.
Midsize trucks have enjoyed a spike in sales last year (a 25.5% gain over 2015) and the enthusiasm for them does not seem to be waning anytime soon. It was the midsize 2017 Honda Ridgeline that won “North American Truck of the Year.” GM has already jumped back into the midsize arena and Hyundai and Kia are expected to follow.
Tech For All
All vehicles – not just pickup trucks – will continue to become more technologically advanced. Features that were previously reserved for more high-end vehicles are becoming increasingly mainstream. Examples include traction control, brake assist, and vehicle stability control.
Other more futuristic features that – for now – will stay with the higher trim packages include features such as augmented reality (AR). Displays which include projected images such as arrows indicating where to turn are likely to make their debut this year.
Return of Legends
2017 will not only be about bringing in the new. It will also feature the return of some iconic vehicles – with some modern updates of course. At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Ford confirmed that it is bringing back both the Ranger and the Bronco.
Lap of Luxury
While pickup trucks still need to be utilitarian, consumers today are demanding more luxury items as well. The 2017 Nissan Titan which won “Truck Trend’s 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year Award” features embossed leather seating, heated steering wheel, and an audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen.
Pickup trucks today have come a long way since the days when they were merely work vehicles. They are still work vehicles, but they are so much more. Of course one thing that will never go out of style are the upgrades that you can make to your vehicle with BACKRACK™ truck racks and accessories. Need to customize your new truck to suit your needs? Contact us today and our team of experts here at BACKRACK™ will help you choose the right truck rack and accessories for you.