New pickups coming soon - plus recent launch round-up

  • All the news on upcoming pickup trucks, including the latest upgrades
  • Info on 2021 D-Max, 2022 Amarok, 2022 Ranger - and more 
  • Recent pickup launch round-up, including Hilux 2.8D, L200 Series 6, updated Navara

Thinking about buying a new pickup truck? Looking for info on all the upcoming pickups that are set to go on sale in the UK soon? Then you've come to the right place - this is our round-up of all the latest info on future pickups heading our way in 2021, 2022 and beyond.

We’ve got intel on every new pickup coming soon, plus we recap the most recent models we've already driven. All the new pickup news you need is right here.

Want to know how all the current pickups perform? Then check out our round-up of the best pickups in the UK, which is on a separate page.

What new pickups are coming soon?

Put aside smaller players such as the Ineos Grenadier and a whole load of electric pickups that may or may not end up coming to the UK, and there are still two extremely important new pickups on the horizon: the next-generation Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.

Not only are these both set to launch in 2022 (in reality, they may not reach the UK until 2023), they're actually both based on the same platform for the first time. Ford and VW have partnered-up on the development of several new commercial vehicles in an alliance that's known inside both companies as Project Cyclone, and the new pickups are among the very first fruits of this deal.

2022 Volkswagen Amarok design sketch - new pickups coming soon

At this stage, Volkswagen has released a couple of design official Amarok design sketches, including the more recent one above, but all we have to go on for the next Ford Ranger are some shady spy photos. Though rumours persist that they will now use an updated version of the current Ranger chassis, rather than an all-new design.

Coming slightly sooner than that, SsangYong has announced a facelift for its Musso and Musso Rhino pickups, which will debut at the 2021 CV Show in September.

What new pickups have recently gone on sale?

The biggest new pickup story at the moment is the Isuzu D-Max, which went on sale in early 2021. Based on an updated version of the previous chassis, it uses the same 1.9-litre diesel engine as before but pretty much everything else is new. This not only makes it much more stylish, it's also packed with high-tech safety features.

Recently launched pickups - 2021 Isuzu D-Max, white, in quarry

In November 2020, Toyota launched an updated version of the Hilux, packing a much more powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. With every other pickup downsizing its engine range, the new Hilux now has by far the biggest motor of any pickup sold here, which already seems to be going down well with hard-working operators and lifestyle buyers alike.

Also new for 2020 was the so-called 'longbed' version of the SsangYong Musso, which redresses that pickup's only real weak area: its small load bay. Officially called the SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB, this comes with more kit than the standard models, has huge payload and towing potential, and is very attractively priced.

There were major updates to three major pickups in 2019: the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi L200 and the Nissan Navara. The Ranger is particularly notable for its new, quieter 2.0-litre engines and off-road high-performance variant called the Raptor. We voted the Ranger Pickup of the Year in our 2020 and 2021 awards.

The L200, meanwhile, gained a very distinctive new look in Series 6 guise, but also lost some ground in terms of power and weight. Among other changes, the updated 2019 Navara features revised suspension, including a coil-spring rear end on the King Cab model for the first time. Both of these pickups are now set to be discontinued soon, however, as Mitsubishi plans to exit the UK altogether at the end of 2021 and Nissan has confirmed it's not bringing the latest Navara facelift here.

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List of new pickups coming soon

2021 SsangYong Musso facelift

New pickups coming soon - 2021 SsangYong Musso

Set to be one of the stars of the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is the new SsangYong Musso. A facelifted version of the current truck, rather than an all-new model, it features heavily revised front-end styling dominated by a massive. horizontally barred grille.

Further details are scarce at this stage, but we believe the Musso will keep its existing engine 2.2-litre diesel engine. There may be some changes to standard equipment, though. Both the standard Musso and the long-wheelbase Musso Rhino will benefit from the changes.

>> 2021 SsangMusso facelift details

2022 Ford Ranger

New pickups coming soon - 2022 Ford Ranger leaked image

Thanks to a new alliance arrangement between Ford and Volkswagen (known internally as Project Cyclone), the two firms are going to be jointly producing a number of new light commercial vehicles. And one of the first fruits of this partnership will be brand new versions of the Ranger and Amarok.

Remarkably, our Australian magazine cousins at Wheels appear to have scooped a design concept for the forthcoming Ranger, on the streets of a Melbourne suburb. Ford of Australia is taking the development lead on the project, so this isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. Latest info we have, though, suggests we won't see the new Ranger until 2023.

>> Next-gen Ford Ranger – leaked photos

2022 Volkswagen Amarok

New pickups coming soon - 2022 Volkswagen Amarok

The new VW Amarok will be based on the new Ford Ranger, but as with all the other Project Cyclone commercial vehicles, the two will supposedly be getting very distinctive styling to go with their respective brands

Well, you can now judge the direction (and success) of this for yourself, as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has beaten Ford to the punch and released a couple of official design sketches, showing what the next Amarok should look like. We'll bring you more details on both these new trucks as they emerge.

>> New VW Amarok - latest pictures of next-gen pickup

2022 Land Rover Defender pickup - not confirmed

Land Rover Defender Commercial - coming in 2020, but will it be available as a pickup?

The latest word on a pickup truck version of the all-new Defender is that it isn't happening. But we know that these things can still change over time.

Don't despair too much anyway, as a commercial 4x4 called the Defender Hard Top is already available, in both short-wheelbase Defender 90 and long-wheelbase Defender 110 body sizes. It's an awesome bit of kit, too.

>> Read our Land Rover Defender Hard Top commercial 4x4 review

2022 Ineos Grenadier pickup

2021 Ineos Grenadier - new pickups coming soon

British firm Ineos has decided that what the world needs is a no-nonsense rugged 4x4 to fill the void left by the old Land Rover Defender - never mind that Land Rover has just launched an all-new Defender of its own. But the Grenadier's blocky (and arguably derivative) styling hides plenty of modern engineering, including BMW engines.

For our purposes here, however, the main thing is that Ineos has already shown an image of a pickup version - which is more than can be said for Land Rover. Order books open in late 2021, with first deliveries of the regular model - including commercial 4x4 versions - set to start in July 2022. Exactly when the pickup may come is still TBC.

>> Ineos Grenadier - details and specs

2022 Bollinger B2

Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck

Do you like right angles? Then goodness gracious, American start-up Bollinger has got a pickup for you. Called the B2 and looking substantially like the result of a drunken dalliance between an original Land Rover Defender and a Hummer, this is a beast in more ways than one.

Firstly, it's absolutely enormous - check out the triple windscreen wipers and know that it has a load-through system that can accommodate items up to nearly 5m in length. Secondly, powered by twin electric motors it promises 614hp and 922Nm. Thirdly, it's priced at £100k; you can place a deposit for one now, but good luck getting it in your garage.

>> Bollinger B2 electric pickup news, tech and specs

2022 Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup

Tesla Cybertruck - on sale in 2021, side view, new pickups coming soon

Tesla has been talking about building a pickup for years, but in November 2019 it finally revealed this prototype, and the world... took a collective step backwards. To say this thing has a controversial design would be underselling the reaction considerably.

Still, beneath that angular stainless steel (!) bodywork lies some serious potential. Buyers will be able to choose between one and three electric motors, it has a maximum payload of 1,588kg, can tow over six tonnes and does 0-60mph in as little as 2.9 seconds. What's more, prices are set to start under $40,000 in the US and Tesla says it will be coming to the UK. Eventually

>> Full details of the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup

2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup

Rivian R1T all-electric pickup planned for European sales in 2022

If you haven't heard of Rivian you're not alone. But this new American start-up plans to bring Tesla-style levels of electric vehicle performance to off-roaders and pickup trucks, starting in the US in 2021 and Europe in 2022.

The pictured Rivian R1T will be its first pickup effort. It promises 0-60mph in just 3.0 seconds and a driving range of up to 400 miles. Here's hoping the team behind the idea manages to pull it off.

>> Full details of the Rivian R1T electric pickup

2022 Maxus T70

Maxus pickup - planned for UK sale in 2021

Maxus is the new name for LDV in the UK, and the firm's UK and Ireland importers - the Harris Group - have been planning to add a pickup to the existing range of vans. This pickup launched in China as the T60, but has now been facelifted there and renamed the T70

Already well received in other parts of the world, power comes from a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with up to 215hp and Maxus says the pickup will have one of the biggest load areas on the UK market. If it ever gets here. The MG Extender pickup is also based on this model.

>> LDV rebranded as Maxus in the UK and Europe

>> MG Extender - famous but faded British brand goes trucking mad

2024 Maxus T90

New pickups coming soon - Maxus T90

While there's still no sign of even a first Maxus pickup in the UK yet, in China the brand has added a second model to its line-up. Called the T90, this has the novelty factor of not only coming with the same twin-turbo diesel engines as the T70, but also as a pure electric version.

Launched alongside the diesel models, the T90 EV has a 130kW (178hp) electric motor, a sizeable 88.55kWh battery pack and a claimed driving range of 332 miles (although that's the older NEDC standard that's been replaced in Europe by WLTP. The T90 could come to the UK, but not until at least 2024, our sources say.

Recently launched pickups

2021 Isuzu D-Max

Recently launched pickups - 2021 Isuzu D-Max, driving through sand

Featuring an updated chassis, new bodywork and revised versions of the current 1.9-litre engine, the 2021 Isuzu D-Max is a real head-turner this time as well as a hard worker. It offers safety systems that no other pickup in the UK can match, too.

This soon-to-be farmers' favourite also features a vastly improved interior, with modern integrated infotainment systems and higher quality materials. Stronger construction and improvements to the suspension bring driving benefits, but this remains a tough, practical truck at heart.

>> Read our Isuzu D-Max review

2020 Toyota Hilux

Recently launched pickups - 2020 Toyota Hilux, Invincible X, green

A substantial facelift of the existing Hilux, the new 2020 Toyota pickup gets a big boost under the bonnet with the introduction of a larger 2.8-litre engine for top-spec models. As a result, power jumps from 150hp to 204hp, and torque from 400Nm to 500Nm.

This is great news, as the 2.4-litre Hilux is outgunned by every rival. What's more, Toyota has been working on the chassis to make it more comfortable, and improved the looks inside and out.

>> Read our Toyota Hilux review

2020 SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB (Longbed / Grand)

2020 SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB - new pickups coming soon

This is a longer version of the regular Musso, with significantly increased load space. Called the Musso Grand and Rexton Sports Khan elsewhere in the world, in the UK it's been officially unveiled as the Musso Rhino LWB.

With an extra 310mm in length and increased wheelbase, plus leaf-spring rather than coil-spring suspension at the rear, this new 5.4m-long pickup will be quite different to the regular Musso. It has a huge 6.9-tonne gross vehicle weight, too, so can carry a full payload while towing 3.5-tonnes.

>> Read our SsangYong Musso review

2020 Peugeot Landtrek - not confirmed for the UK or Europe

Peugeot Landtrek - new pickups coming soon, 2020

This handsome beast is the official fruit of Peugeot's partnership with Chinese automotive brand Changan. Called the Landtrek, it's Peugeot's version of the Changan Kaicene F70.

Supposedly built with 'unbeatable robustness and ease of repair', the Landtrek is targeting developing markets, and is unlikely to come to the UK or Europe. A shame, as it has some impressive stats - including a 900mm wading depth and 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

>> New Peugeot Landtrek pickup born of Chinese partnership

2019 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep Gladiator - will it come to the UK?

The Jeep Gladiator is the pickup truck version of the Wrangler off-roader, and it went on sale in the USA in 2019. We've been lucky enough to drive it, and it's great fun.

It is also being built in right-hand drive - but as yet there are no firm plans to bring it to the UK. Like the Ranger Raptor it wouldn't count as a commercial vehicle in many respects anyway, but as a lifestyle choice it would be a great option.

>> Jeep Gladiator review - new off-road lifestyle pickup driven

Ford Ranger 2019 facelift

2019 Ford Ranger facelift features new engines and technology

The 2019 Ford Ranger gets only a mild makeover, but compensates for this disappointment with an entirely new line-up of 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines and an even better driving experience. Related to the motors fitted in the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Custom, these are more powerful and more efficient, as well as smaller.

On top of that, Ford's cranking up in-pickup technology, with a whole host of new safety kit and clever add-ons such as the FordPass Connect on-board Wi-Fi system. The UK's bestselling pickup just got even better.

>> Read the full Ford Ranger review

Ford Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor high-performance pickup jumping off-road, blue

Also new for the 2019 Ford Ranger is this high-performance Raptor variant. Designed to be driven fast both on- and off-road, it's packed full of bespoke engineering solutions, making it much more than a simple bodykit and big engine job.

Powered by a 213hp version of the new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, it left us seriously impressed with its off-road capability when we drove it in Morocco and didn't disappoint when we tried it again in the UK. The suspension is simply awesome.

>> Read the Ford Ranger Raptor review

Nissan Navara 2019 facelift

2019 Nissan Navara - new pickups coming soon

It doesn't look much different - the only exterior changes are to the alloy wheels and the inserts to the LED headlights - but under the skin the 2019 Navara gets more powerful brakes, revised rear suspension, an all-new six-speed manual gearbox and more torque for the entry-level engine.

The suspension is the most interesting thing, as the firm switches to dual-rate rear springs and moves the King Cab onto the sophisticated multi-link set-up the Double Cab already enjoys. It's better to drive as a result, and we appreciate the much-improved braking, too.

>> Read the full Nissan Navara review

Mitsubishi L200 Series 6

2019 Mitsubishi L200 facelift - known as the Triton in some parts of the world

The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 is based on the previous Series 5 model but is so extensively updated it's been officially labelled the Series 6. In addition to that remarkable nose job, it's also received a new 2.3-litre engine in the UK.

Unfortunately, this means power output is restricted to just 150hp (down from the 181hp max of the Series 5). It feels fine in isolation, but the pricing compares with rivals with over 200hp, so it no longer looks the bargain it once did.

>> Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 review

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