New pickups coming soon - plus recent launch round-up

  • All the news on upcoming pickup trucks, including the latest upgrades
  • Info on 2020 Hilux, 2021 D-Max, 2022 Amarok and Ranger, new electric pickups 
  • Recent pickup launch round-up, including L200 Series 6, updated Navara and more

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 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond.

We’ve got intel on every new pickup coming soon, plus recapped 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 the incredibly comprehensive Parkers pickup group test, which pitches all the major models directly against one-another.

What new pickups are coming soon?

The biggest new pickup story at the moment is surely the updated 2020 Toyota Hilux, which hits the UK in November 2020, packing a much more powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. With every other pickup downsizing its engine range, the new Hilux will have by far the biggest motor of any pickup sold here, which should go down well with hard-working operators and lifestyle buyers alike.

If having a massive load area isn't a priority but exceptional off-road capability is, you might be interested in the new Ineos Grenadier - which looks like a born-again Land Rover Defender, but unlike the all-new version of that is actually promising to be available with an open-back body.

Looking further ahead, we've now got the first official picture of the second-generation Volkswagen Amarok. Ok, so it's only a design sketch, but this is the first sight we've ever had of VW's version of the truck that will be built in partnership with Ford.

2022 Volkswagen Amarok design sketch - new pickups coming soon

That's right, the next Ranger will also form the basis of the next Amarok. Both are set to go on-sale in 2022.

Exciting times - and good to see, as the original Amarok is now out of production. With the Mercedes X-Class also discontinued, and the 3.2-litre Ranger gone before the end of the year, this will leave the UK market without a pickup that has more than four cylinders.

When it comes to all-new pickups that are arriving a little sooner, the biggest news right now is that there's an all-new Isuzu D-Max on the way. This was originally supposed to reach the UK in around September 2020, but we've recently learned that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed this back to what's now likely to be early 2021.

2021 Isuzu D-Max - front view, orange, new pickups coming soon

Featuring aggressive new looks, a more premium interior and increased capability - including improved off-road features, longer load beds and more safety tech - the 2021 D-Max might just turn this popular working truck into a real lifestyle contender.

Maxus - the new name for LDV - is also due to launch a pickup in 2021, which will variously be called the T60, T70 or T80, depending on who you're talking to. This is set to have a powerful engine and a budget price, so could be an interesting new alternative at the low-cost end of the market.

There's even an MG version of this truck called the Extender, but we're not expecting to see that in the UK.

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

Looking further ahead, there are a number of American firms vying to become if not the first, then the best manufacturer of an electric pickup - the latest being Tesla with its new Cybertruck and Nikola with its even crazier hydrogen-powered... Badger.

What new pickups have recently gone on sale?

New for 2020, and now on sale in the UK, is the so-called 'longbed' version of the SsangYong Musso, which redresses that pickup's only real weak area: its small load area. 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 have been major updates to three major pickups in 2019: the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi L200 and the Nissan Navara. The Ranger is particularly notable for a number of reasons, including it's new, quieter 2.0-litre engines and off-road high-performance variant called the Raptor. We voted it Pickup of the Year in our 2020 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.

The Toyota Hilux celebrated its 50th anniversary and gained some standard kit upgrades in 2019. The Hilux and the Nissan Navara have also joined the Isuzu D-Max in offering officially endorsed Arctic Trucks variants for more extreme off-road work.

This is an exciting list of new metal – and with increased choice comes increased competition for your business, which should mean better deals.

Find the best offers near you in the Parkers Vans and Pickups for sale section.

List of new pickups coming soon

2020 Toyota Hilux

2020 Toyota Hilux - new pickups coming soon

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 201hp, 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. We can't wait to drive it. On sale November 2020.

>> Read our preview of the 2020 Toyota Hilux

>> Read our review of the current Toyota Hilux

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, and is priced from £29,995 (excluding VAT). Potentially a bargain for the spec.

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. We'll be driving it soon.

>> Read our preview of the SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB

>> Read our main 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

2020 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 version has been confirmed - it was even on display at the Defender's debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show - so you'll at least still be able to buy it as a van.

>> All-new Land Rover Defender Commercial - the off-road icon returns

2020 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

2021 Isuzu D-Max

2021 Isuzu D-Max - orange, front view, new pickups coming soon

Featuring a new chassis and bodywork, together with revised versions of the current 1.9-litre engine, the 2021 Isuzu D-Max is set to be a real head-turner this time, as well as a hardworker. We've managed to grab an early test drive in Thailand, and came away impressed.

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 should bring massive driving benefits, too.

>> Read our first review of the 2020 Isuzu D-Max

>> Read our preview of the 2020 Isuzu D-Max

2021 Maxus T60 / T70 / T80

Maxus pickup - planned for UK sale in 2021

Maxus is the new name for LDV in the UK, and as well as launching a new range of vans in 2020, the firm's UK and Ireland importers - the Harris Group - are planning to start bringing in this new pickup in 2021. Launched as the T60 elsewhere in the world, including Australia and New Zealand, where it's been well-received by the press, the latest intel suggests it will be known as the Maxus T70 or T80 when it finally goes on sale here in facelifted guise.

Power will come from a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with up to 214hp, and the Maxus is promising its new pickup will have one of the biggest load areas on the market. 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

2021 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 - nevermind 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 petrol and diesel engines.

For our purposes, 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. The Grenadier is set to go on sale in 2021.

>> Ineos Grenadiar pickup - details and specs

2021 Nikola Badger

Nikola Badger hydrogen-electric pickup, 2021

It might have a mildly hilarious name, but the Nikola Badger is - apparently - a serious piece of work. The latest in an increasingly lengthy list of future electric pickup trucks from the other side of the Atlantic, the American-made Badger uses an exotic hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain to get around any range anxiety problems you may have.

It also features four electric motors, making for a grand total of 906hp. Projected US pricing is the equivalent of £70,000, but if it ever makes it to the UK in right-hand drive you can expect to pay more than that.

>> Nikola Badger electric pickup promises 600-mile driving range and 906hp

2021 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 accomodate 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

2021 Morris Commercial JE electric pickup

Morris JE electric pickup, minibus and van - coming in 2020, maybe

The rather ambitious project to bring back the Morris Commercial name with a brand new, carbonfibre-bodied electric van hasn't even reached production of any kind at the time of writing, but already the firm is talking about adding a pickup and a minibus to the line-up

Details are basically non-existent beyond the above rendering, but if the early van specifications are anything to go by an electric Morris pickup would have a driving range of around 200 miles, be capable of carrying a tonne and cost around £60,000. Intriguing, but not much to go on so far.

>> Full details of the Morris Commercial JE electric van

2021 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 it will be coming to the UK.

>> 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 Ford Ranger

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 the first fruit 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 expected to take the development lead on the project, so this isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.

>> Next-gen Ford Ranger – leaked photos

2022 Volkswagen Amarok

2022 Volkswagen Amarok design sketch - new pickups coming soon

The 2022 VW Amarok will be based on the 2022 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 now released this early but official design sketch of what the next Amarok might look like. We'll bring you more details on both these new trucks as they emerge.

>> New VW Amarok - Volkswagen teases first picture of next-gen 2022 pickup

Recently launched pickups

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.

>> Full details on the 2019 Ford Ranger

>> Read the full Ford Ranger review

>> Find a Ford Ranger for sale via Parkers

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.

>> Nissan Navara updated for 2019 - full details

>> Read the full Nissan Navara review

>> Find a Nissan Navara for sale via Parkers

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.

>> 2019 Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 review

>> Find a Mitsubishi L200 for sale via Parkers

Isuzu D-Max XTR

Isuzu D-Max ATX coming in 2019 - silver, front view showing bespoke bumper and grille design

Isuzu is one of a number of pickup makers that is forever building special editions, but this unusual-looking new XTR model joined the range as a permanent addition in 2019.

From its plastic-clad front end to its upgraded suspension and eye-catching graphics, think of it as a budget (but still quite expensive) alternative to the Ranger Raptor, only with the same 164hp engine as the rest of the D-Max range.

>> Isuzu D-Max XTR review

Toyota Hilux Invincible X

Toyota Hilux Invincible X - splashing through mud

Not an all-new Toyota Hilux but a new range-topping model. We thought it was worth including the Invincible X in this round-up, however, because it exclusively gets a completely revised front-end design.

This new front bumper treatment may cost some off-road capability (it’s much lower), but if you weren’t a fan of the rather boaty look of the existing range it’s an instant solution. There’s a minor change at the rear as well, plus stacks of standard kit.

>> 2019 Toyota Hilux range update

>> Toyota Hilux Invincible X – new look for new range-topper at CV Show 2018

>> Read the full Toyota Hilux review on Parkers Vans and Pickups

>> Find a Toyota Hilux for sale via Parkers

Toyota Hilux AT35

Toyota Hilux AT35 at the CV Show 2018

The Hilux Invincible X not hard enough for you? Then check out this new AT35 variant – which boasts a full Arctic Trucks conversion, much like that fitted to the Isuzu D-Max AT35.

Want an idea of what it’s like to drive? This is the same as the conversion fitted to the Toyota Hilux Bruiser, a one-off tribute to a famous Tamiya radio controlled car, which we reviewed back in 2017.

>> Toyota launches Hilux AT35 at CV Show 2018

>> Tested: Toyota Hilux Bruiser review

Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32

Nissan Navara AT32 pickup, orange, with optional snorkel

Nissan also has an Arctic Trucks variant available, but has elected to go for a slightly less extreme AT32 model.

This means smaller wheels (32-inch tyres rather than 35-inch tyres) and a less chunky bodykit, but lots of off-road promise. It impressed us when we drove it, that's for sure, and it's been updated for 2020, too.

>> Read the Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 review

>> Read the full Nissan Navara review on Parkers Vans and Pickups

SsangYong Musso

SsangYong Musso pickup truck

An all-new vehicle, based on the same platform as the Rexton SUV, this is a significant improvement over the previous Musso.

It’s still not especially nice to drive, but it’ll tow 3.5 tonnes while carrying over 1.0 tonne in the load bed  which no rival can manage – and comes with a class-leading seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty.

>> Read the full SsangYong Musso review

>> Find a SsangYong Musso for sale via Parkers

Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes X-Class V6 pickup off-road

Though based on the humble Nissan Navara, Mercedes spent a great deal of time and money making the X-Class more 'premium'.

Unfortunately, this (expensive) experiment didn't resonate with buyers, and Mercedes has axed the X-Class as of mid-2020. There's no sign it plans to build another one, either.

>> Mercedes X-Class V6 turbo review - X 350 d driven at last

>> Read the full Mercedes X-Class review

>> Find a Mercedes-Benz X-Class for sale via Parkers

Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-Max, jumping off road

Not an all-new D-Max, but a significant update – including a brand new engine and improved gearboxes. Introduced in April 2017, the new motor shrinks to just 1.9-litres, but keeps the Isuzu’s famed 3.5-tonne towing capacity while returning better claimed fuel economy.

2018 brought more updates for the D-Max, including the addition of a Trailer Sway Control system as standard on 4x4 versions and a slight boost in payload thanks to a 10kg reduction in the rear-suspension weight on the double-cab model.

>> Read the full Isuzu D-Max review

>> 2018 Isuzu D-Max upgrade

>> Find an Isuzu D-Max for sale via Parkers

Fiat Fullback

Fiat Fullback Cross driving off-road, sliding through mud

Fiat launched the Fullback into the UK at the end of summer 2016. If you're getting a vague sense of deja vu that's because it's a made-over variant of the Series 5 Mitsubishi L200.

The range went on to include a lifestyle-orientated Fullback Cross, too (pictured above), but failed to win much love in the UK, and has been discontinued. They make for a good used bargain, though!

>> Read the full Fiat Fullback review

>> Find a Fiat Fullback for sale via Parkers

Volkswagen Amarok V6

VW Amarok V6 - recently launched pickups

It's not much different to look at, but at the very end of 2016 VW launched a significant upgrade to the Amarok into the UK pickup marketplace.

The weedy (not really) 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet was replaced by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder unit, which boasts up to 258hp and a mighty 580Nm. A force to be reckoned with, but sadly not around for much longer, as production is set to stop in May 2020, and an all-new Amarok won't appear until 2022.

>> Read the full Volkswagen Amarok review

>> 258hp Volkswagen Amarok driven in Oman

>> Find a Volkswagen Amarok for sale via Parkers

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>> Best pickups for towing

>> New vans coming soon

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2022 Ford Ranger / Volkswagen Amarok

 

Thanks to a new alliance arrangement between Ford and Volkswagen, the two firms are going to be jointly producing a number of new light commercial vehicles. And the first fruit of this partnership will be a brand new pickup – unconfirmed but likely to be the replacement for both the current Ford Ranger and the current VW 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 expected to take the development lead on the project, so this isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.

>> Next-gen Ford Ranger – leaked photos