24 Future Pickup Trucks Worth Waiting For: Arriving 2021 to 2023

Americans are crazy about trucks. Although mid-size models could be found for less than $25,000 and the usual price for new full-size models is just above $30,000, the average price paid for a pickup is $45,000. So, there is no surprise why this segment is among the most popular in the market. Sales of the 2020 Ford F-150 probably won’t reach a magic number of 1 million units per annum, but the next edition is expected to breach this record.

The company is about to electrify the legendary model. But, it is not the only one that thinks green. Hybrid and all-electric pickups are still a dream, but the first models could roll out from factory lines in 2021. However, truckmakers are still relying more on conventional power, and we will see several updates in the next three seasons. Here is the list of 24 future truck worth of waiting.

24 Future Pickup Trucks Worth Waiting For

1. New-Gen 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 Hybrid

We already told a lot about the best-selling truck ever. The Blue Oval company managed to sell 900k units in the previous few seasons. But, the slow down is expected in 2020 with the new-gen 2021 Ford F-150 on the way. Major updates in 2019 brought a diesel unit and new styling. But, the upcoming generation of the iconic pickup will make it even more dominant.

After a diesel unit, the company set the priority to hybrid and electric versions. The other one is not so likely for the 2021 season, but the F-150 Hybrid could happen. Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer are the latest hybridized models, whose power output could fit the truck lineup. Both models are able to burst 450+ horses, which will be a good start for the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid.

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel changes

2. 2022 Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Truck

If you are really keen on the electric F-150, you should wait for the 2022 season. As mentioned, it is not going to happen in 2021 and even the following season is questionable. Ford is investing hugely into electrification and one of the priorities is a pickup truck. Of course, everyone expects it to be F-150. However, it is not so simple, even for such powerful truckmaker.

There are a lot of questions about such a model. The first doubt is if it can tow enough. Also, the price must be reasonable, and the development is very expensive. The good news is the arrival of the all-electric SUV, Mach E. So, the next big thing could be the 2022 Ford F-150 electric pickup truck. Well, the company needs to speed up the process with a few other companies also planning the raid to this segment.

Ford F-150 All-Electric Pickup Truck

3. 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truck

Of course, the archrivals are a major threat. But, the first rumors are not lining up the Silverado as the Ford F-150 competitor. Surprisingly, General Motors is preparing the comeback of the old nameplate and a concept that never entered production – Hummer truck. But, this time it is going to be an all-electric version with unique design and drivetrain.

When the news about the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truckappeared for the first time, the entire public was shocked. GM is pretty serious about the comeback of a famous SUV, both in its old form and the new body style. The Hummer Pickup concept was presented right before the carmaker discontinued the lineup. Now, with the return of the nameplate, we will see new projects, and one of them will be a pickup truck. The comeback is set for 2022 and Hummer will definitely be an all-electric model.

4. 2021 Tesla Cybertruck

The 2021 Tesla Cybertruck debuted and the first impressions are not too positive. Real truckers need a truck, not a toy with fancy gadgets. If this was the plan Elon Musk announced in 2019, then the US carmaker has nothing to offer in this segment. Fans of the electric units and advanced gadgets will forget about this model as soon as something new appears, while the true truckers won’t consider it as a pickup.

The electric battery is good for a range of 250 miles. 7,500 pounds of towing capacity is a respectable number. The 2021 Tesla Cybertruck can sprint to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The mid-range edition offers at least 300 miles of range and more than 10,000 lbs of towing capacity, while the three-motor version boost numbers to 500 miles and 14k pounds. The pricing of the Tesla Cybertruck is starting at $40,000 and goes up to $70,000 for the most powerful edition.

5. 2021 Rivian R1T Electric Luxury Pickup Truck

This 2021 Rivian R1T electric luxury pickup truck is one of the reasons why Tesla launched its Cybertruck. Also, the start of the production of a Rivian truck will speed up the development of Ford F-150 EV. The R1T stunned us and if the production version offers similar numbers, it will seriously threaten the entire segment. The new electric company is growing fast with its ideas and some of the biggest companies in the world invest a lot in their new projects.

The truck had a premiere more than a year ago, but the production didn’t start yet. It proves the electric pickup is not an easy task, although the R1T was the concept that looked like the most production-ready. The prototype was able to return over 400 ponies and 415 lb-ft of torque. Converted to the range and towing capacity, that is 230 miles and 10,000 pounds. But, if you want to spice it up, top of the range versions will return 750 hp, 850 lb-ft, and approximately 350 miles of range.

Rivian R1T release date

6. 2022 Fisker Electric Pickup Truck

Another company entered the market recently and promises the all-electric truck in 2022. Currently, the focus is on the Ocean SUV. So, the 2022 Fisker electric pickup truck doesn’t seem like a favorite to be the first such model in the market. Still, the idea is fantastic and with the appropriate financial resources, Fisker could turn this idea into production.

The truck should be called Alaska. The first teaser images of the concept have leaked, but the carmaker deleted the Twitter post. Was it an accident, or the company is really up to this, we will find out. Such things are not happening without reasons and the info about the Fisker Alaska electric pickup truck is limited to the deleted concept image.

7. Chevrolet/GMC Electric Pickup Trucks

As said, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will be the first truck to be delivered by General Motors. However, the flagship models in the conventional class will get all-electric versions in the near future. The company announced the $2.2 billion investment into the new factory that will produce only electric vehicles. Well, the GM is losing the pace with other manufacturers and this is a big step.

In a teaser image, General Motor says “Our electric future is now”. What is more important, the truck is on the picture and it shows up the importance of this class. The Hamtramck plant in Detroit will host the production. According to leaking sources, the first models will roll out from lines next year. However, we doubt these will be Chevy or GMC electric pickup trucks.

8. 2021/2022 Bollinger B2 Electric Pickup Truck

Another model that should enter the production soon is the Bollinger B2. But, the startup project debuted in 2018, with no other vehicles in the lineup. So, you should be very aware of their advertising about the “world’s most capable electric pickup truck”.

The numbers are fantastic. The Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck can tow 7,500 pounds and its 120 kWh battery pack is ready to deliver 615 hp and 668 lb-ft of torque. The range of the powerful pickup is 200 miles. Besides the unproven reliability and history, another cause for concern is the price. The 2021/2022 Bollinger B2 will cost $125,000. That is way more than the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck (500 miles of range, 14,000 lbs of towing capacity). Still, we must confess the styling of the truck is very cool, although it reminds us of Hummer with its boxy design.

9. 2022 Ram Dakota (Mojave) Mid-Size Pickup Truck

Jeep Gladiator is the new mid-size truck from the FCA. But, the rumors about the comeback of the Dodge Ram model are still present. Fans and experts are not giving up on old hints and the 2022 Dakota could join the lineup as a smaller sibling of the Ram 1500. Fiat Fullback could serve as the base, but the FCA will spice it up with some cool upgrades for the US market, such as Trailhawk edition.

Still, some sources are claiming the pickup is getting a different name. The 2022 Ram Mojave concept is interesting and we can find a few proofs this is not a made-up story. The nameplate was available as a limited edition for the Ram 1500. The carmaker builds only 1,500 units with a special sand color. At the same time, we heard that new models are coming in 2022 and one of them could be Ram Mojave, Dakota’s replacement after 11 years of absence.

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Mojave

10. 2021 Ram Rebel TRX Hellcat-Powered Pickup Truck

We won’t let our hopes be destroyed by delays. When the carmaker presented the new Ram 1500, they set the clock at 7:07. The Hellcat engine is capable to produce 707 ponies for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was a sign that 2021 Ram Rebel TRX Hellcat is on the way. The Rebel TRX is the even older concept of an off-road truck with lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, and other upgrades needed for the special tasks.

The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX Hellcat is going to use a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 unit. This engine makes the Grand Cherokee the most powerful SUV in the world (with internal combustion). There are electric trucks that will make more power than the Ram Rebel TRX, but its main rivals will be left in the dust. Even if the Chevy Silverado 1500 gets the ZR2 edition, it won’t help it compete with this performance truck.

2021 RAM Rebel TRX

11. 2021 Toyota Tundra To Get Redesign (Hybrid is still just a rumor)

One final redesign has left before the full-size truck hits the new generation in 2024. The 2021 Toyota Tundra is preparing a few updates that will make it more competitive against Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500. Ford F-150 is untouchable for all of them. If you are still wondering if the truck is getting the diesel unit – it is not going to happen. The truckmaker rubbished these stories. However, we didn’t hear a denial of Tacoma diesel.

Toyota is one of the leaders in the hybrid segment. For a long time, they had the only mid-size three-row SUV, Highlander. The latest update made this big model return better mileage than most compact vehicles. So, it won’t be a surprise if the 2021 Toyota Tundra becomes the first hybrid truck in the world. Whatsoever, these are still rumors. But, we are sure the company is keeping some aces upon the sleeve and keep their cards close to their chest.

2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Changes

12. Next-Gen 2022 Ford Ranger

The comeback of the Ranger to the US market showed the mid-size class is reviving. Well, the pickup was available in other markets, but the increased interest in such vehicles made the Blue Oval company bring it back to its homeland. But, it was the same unit we saw in Australia and Europe. The next generation is expected to appear in 2021. The all-new 2022 Ford Ranger will be redesigned. What’s more important, the US edition will get the Raptor version.

It is still early to know too much about the look or mechanical specs of the 2022 Ford Ranger. But, like for the full-size F-150, we believe the manufacturer will prepare an electric version, hybrid or EV. Even the plug-in system is possible. We will continue to monitor the situation in this realm, but if you are a fan of the mid-size pickup, you should definitely wait for Ford’s move.

2021 Ford Ranger Raptor usa

13. 2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition and Tacoma Nightshade Edition

Toyota is preparing a small update for the 2021 Tacoma. We won’t see the new generation until 2025, and two new trims will refresh the lineup next year. The Trail Edition is based on the SR5 model in combination with a double cab. The company will produce 7,000 units and the sales will start in the second half of 2020. Black details are dominating on this model and it comes with 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and power outlet in the bed.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma Nightshade Edition comes in even fewer examples. 5,000 units will be made. As its name suggests, everything will be darker, outside and inside. Even exhaust tips are black. Still, you will have a few options to color your Nightshade Edition. Prices are not announced yet, but we can be sure that $30,000 is the lowest cost for the Trail model.

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14. 2021 Nissan Frontier – Full Redesign and New Engine

Nissan has to do something to stay competitive in the mid-size truck segment. Frontier is known as the cheapest pickup you can find in the US, with the starting price below $20,000. Well, most truckers will pick a more serious engine and the price jumps to average values.

The new generation of the pickup is not ready, and the company will redesign the upcoming 2021 Nissan Frontier. Among many rumors, we can find speculation about the new engine. Nissan could launch the hybrid edition, but it is more likely that the mid-size model is getting a 3.8-liter V6 instead of a current 4.0-liter displacement. Sources say the powerhouse will be ready to crunch 300 ponies. We will know more about the redesign when the pickup shows up. But, engineers are working on towing capacity and fuel economy improvements, and that is the main goal for a 3.8-liter V6 engine.

2021 Nissan Frontier Diesel

15. 2021 Ford Courier Compact Pickup Truck

Ford is preparing another new addition for the truck market. Spy photos unveil that the company is working on a compact pickup, even smaller than Ranger. The 2021 Ford Courier will be a city truck with a cool look and excellent agility. Commercial companies might be interested in it because of the towing capabilities and superb handling.

Besides the spy photos, we don’t have too much information about the upcoming pickup. The size is definitely unveiling it is a compact model. However, insiders can’t tell us precisely what kind of engine it is going to use. A hybrid unit is possible, but the focus is on two things – hauling and mileage. Ford used this nameplate for several vehicles since the 1950s, and all of them had one characteristic in common –utility.

2021 Ford Courier release date

16. 2021 Lordstown Motors Endurance Electric Pickup Truck

Another electric pickup truck concept is coming from a company called Lordstown Motors. If this name seems to be familiar, you might have heard about it as the plant where GM built their vehicles in the 1960s. More recently, the US president, Donald Trump, mentioned it in one of its tweets as the new owner of that factory. Lordstown Motors is still owned by the Workhouse company, which was famous for its W-15 electric truck. This idea never entered production. Modified, it could appear as the 2021 Lordstown Motors Endurance.

The company is not new in this business. Do not the foundation date in 2019 fool you. The roots are shared with the Workhouse and this carmaker already delivered a few electric vehicles. Now, it is turn for the most complicated project – 2021 Lordstown Motors Endurance. The pickup was announced at the date of Tesla Cybertruck’s debut. Lordstown didn’t unveil specs, but we know the new pickup will cost $52,500.

17. 2021 VW Atlas Tanoak

We are coming to a well-known company that is already present in the market and truck segment. Well, the US buyers cannot purchase Amarok, but Volkswagen is preparing the new unit for this part of the world. Atlas Tanoak is the concept that will enter production very soon and we expect sales to start next season. The German carmaker already tested it and the delay annoys fans and enthusiasts.

The 2021 VW Atlas Tanoak is going to introduce a futuristic look and some interesting details on the exterior. Especially lighting groups are eye-catching. However, the most recent information speaks of a downsize. Still, the base for the new truck will be Atlas SUV with a reliable V6 engine. It is capable to produce 275 hp and a lot of things will depend on the type of platform Volkswagen chooses. The concept we saw is more capable to battle against other trucks based on the body-on-frame architecture.

VW Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept rear

18. Next-Gen 2022 VW Amarok

Speaking of Volkswagen, they will continue to offer one of the most popular models outside the US. Amarok is still in its first generation, and the new generation is going to wait for a couple of years more. Changes in the current model are modest since the 2022 VW Amarok is going to be an all-new truck. The pickup is very popular in Europe and Australia. Buyers in these markets are purchasing more trucks and this is one of the models that achieves the highest jumps.

The new generation of the 2022 VW Amarok will use some of the most advanced features the German manufacturer has to offer. We are wondering if the electric drivetrain is one of the novelties. Well, there is the ID Crozz concept. With some modifications, it could be turned into a platform for the pickup truck. Still, these are only rumors and the official word will come in 2021.

Check out what new Amarok for 2021 brings while we are waiting for the new generation.

2021 VW Amarok changes

19. 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Compact Pickup Truck

Hyundai is one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. The carmaker recently launched Palisade SUV and next year we expect to see the first premium Genesis model. Also, there are hybrid and electric vehicles to improve chances in other segments. Still, the arrival of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be a highlight for the next season.

Some bigger companies are not entering this segment, knowing how hard it is to compete with Ford, GM, and FCA. But, the Korean company is ready for this step. Santa Cruz is now an old concept and we expected the production to start a couple of years ago. Still, the expectations are high, especially with new engines in the market. A 3.8 V6 engine, which we believe will take the position under the bonnet of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup truck concept

20. 2022 KIA Pickup Truck

Chiefs of Kia Australia confirmed the company is working on a pickup truck and that the new model should be here in 2022. Well, this is not the first time the Korean company is trying to force its way into this market. We remember the Mohave concept, debuted in 2004, that never entered the production. The latest rumors are making us thinking of the Mohave comeback in 2022.

But, let’s stick to the official details. The 2022 Kia pickup truck will offer single and double cab configurations. Under the hood will be a diesel unit. However, Damien Meredith, Chief Operating Officer in the company, said there are gasoline units on the way as well. We can make a comparison to Santa Cruz since two manufacturers are cooperating in other segments. Still, Hyundai seems to be ahead of its partnership with the platform already debuted as the concept vehicle.

Kia Mohave concept from 2004
Kia Mohave concept from 2004

21. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Gladiator Hercules

Mojave nameplate seems to be quite interesting in the FCA. We already spoke of the possible independent lineup with this nameplate. Until that happens, Mojave remains a special trim level for existing models. Besides the unique package for Ram 1500, this badge will be part of the Jeep Gladiator lineup. The truck will be a desert specialist, with a lot of off-road gear. Special tuning of the suspension system and all-terrain wheels will make this model competitive to Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

The other interesting trim for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is Hercules edition. Shortly after the debut, we could see the preview of this package. Sources reported the company is working on the mean machine and renders are based on the Rubicon edition. Experts predict a 6.4-liter V8 powerplant that is capable to burst 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This is probably the main difference between 2021 Jeep Gladiator Hercules and Rubicon editions.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Hercules

22. Neuron EV T-One Electric Pickup Truck/Van

The Neuron EV T-One is still a concept and we still don’t know if this utility vehicle is going to be a van or a truck. The concept debuted at the latest Shanghai Auto Show, but the company didn’t unveil production plans. The vehicle holds the “T” in the name for the truck platform, while “One” represents all-in-one purpose.

The Neuron EV T-One is EUV – electric utility vehicle. It can take a form of truck, van, or a luxury passenger transportation model. The company also plans to install some advanced features for this truck/van. Fuel cell power is still a dream, while removable solar panels will cover the bed. Neuron is a startup project and the T-One is not going into massive production if it ever makes there.

23. Atlis XT Electric Pickup Truck   

Atlis XT electric truck is another startup project. As said, the future of these vehicles is green and we will see more and more such ideas. The Atlis Motor Vehicles released a statement where they promise 500 miles of range and a towing capacity of 35,000 pounds from its XT truck. With the 8-feet bed, the new model is larger than the Rivian R1T.

Still, these numbers are coming from the high-end model, while the base variants will be able to pull between 5,000 and 20,000 pounds. A short bed configuration is also going to be available, while the ground clearance is 12 inches. The off-road version will lift the pickup for another 3 inches. If it comes true, the recharge time will break all records with 15 minutes needed for a 100 percent refill.

24. Hercules Alpha Electric Pickup Truck

Hercules Alpha is the last model on our list. It is not official yet, but its first prototypes will appear in 2021. This electric truck is going to be one of the most powerful in the market with 1,000 horsepower. It is going to be enough to drop the 0-60 mph time under 4 seconds. The full specs will come with the premiere of the pickup, scheduled for next spring. Experts say that the company plans a battery that will provide at least 300 miles of range. The interior should be premium, with a lot of connectivity features.