Next season is going to be like a dream for truckers that loves diesel engines. Moves by Ford caused an earthquake in this segment. Already dominating pickup model F-150 got another option with diesel drivetrain. This was the clear mark for other companies to react.
Right after the Ford presented a diesel version of F-150 in Detroit, Chevy did the same with Silverado. Ram also brought its full-size pickup model to the same league. Slightly later, we expect to see GMC Sierra 1500 diesel, while Japanese company Toyota will do it next year. However, they prepare diesel mills for both full-size Tundra and compact Tacoma trucks. Nissan Titan XD is an old-timer in this segment, but the refresh is now must for the vehicle.
Let’s see which pickup trucks we will see with diesel engines in 2019.
2019 Ford F-150 Diesel Enters the Second Year
There won’t be big changes on the 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel for next season. The vehicle is still fresh and the company will update minor details. Edition for current year is still not in the market, but we know everything about it. Under the bonnet of the truck will be a Power Stroke drivetrain. A 3.0-liter V-6 is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination, even without turbocharger, will be powerful, and at the same time economical. The truck will burst 250 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Ford Ranger Also to Add Diesel Powertrain
Soon after its return, the 2019 Ford Ranger could get few versions to boost its versatility. Raptor and hybrid might be interesting, but the diesel is somehow the most wanted. Buyers in Australia will probably get it, but we need to wait and see if the company goes the same way for the US market. Rumors are speaking about 3.2-liter Power Stroke engine that is capable to produce 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet Responds with 2019 Silverado 1500 Diesel
The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel will be pretty similar to Ford F-150. Well, true fans won’t agree, but numbers are saying so. Instead of Power Stroke engine, Chevrolet deploys Duramax unit as the heart of its pickup truck. It has the same displacement of 3.0-liter, which produces similar output – 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. Finally, a 10-speed auto gearbox is the router of the power. Whatsoever, Chevrolet is yet to confirm these numbers, since the Diesel Silverado is only announced so far for 2019.
2019 Ram 1500 Diesel Could be the Biggest Surprise
Experts agree that arrival of the 2019 Ram 1500 Diesel before the same unit on the Chevy Silverado is already a challenge for all. Ram is not wasting any time. Its truck won’t use bigger displacement. A 3.0-liter V-6 seems to be perfect for the US market with the excellent power-emissions-price ratio. Nevertheless, the new Ram 1500 Diesel will produce slightly less torque. Maximum output is around 420 pound-feet. It keeps the same level of horsepower as its main rivals.
Ram to Go Hard with 6.7-liter Cummins in Heavy-Duty Segment
The full-size Ram 1500 is not the only truck in the family to see a diesel engine next season. The company will install much bigger displacement in its heavy-duty segment. The 2019 Ram 2500 Diesel will use a Cummins engine. The output of 330 hp and 660 hp comes from a 6.7-l unit. With it, towing capacity jumps to 31,000 pounds.
Diesel Response from Toyota
The Japanese carmaker will also enter the diesel market with its truck. We mentioned most leaders in the full-size class, and Tundra is also one of them. The 2019 Toyota Tundra diesel hasn’t debuted yet, but rumors surrounding it are louder every day. However, we still can’t guess what kind of engine it will carry. On the other hand, a unit for 2019 Toyota Tacoma diesel is almost ready. The compact truck will get a D-4D engine with the capability to tow around 7,500 pounds.
2019 Nissan Titan XD Gets Updates
The 2019 Nissan Titan XD will keep the same engine as its predecessor. It is a 5.0-liter Cummins with outputs of 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. Changes on the pickup truck will be more cosmetic than in the engine room. However, Nissan will have to make moves here with other happenings on the market threatening to oust this company from leading group.
Compact Chevy Colorado and Nissan Frontier to be Dieseled
The battle of diesel truckmakers is not only on the full-size and heavy-duty market. Compact, or mid-size pickups, are also popular and have a lot of fans. These buyers are also looking for the benefits of diesel engines. Besides Toyota Tacoma, next season the most interesting models will be 2019 Chevy Colorado Diesel with Duramax engine, and 2019 Nissan Frontier Diesel with Cummins turbocharged unit.
2019 VW Amarok Diesel to Open Doors to Other German Companies
The truck that comes abroad and brings something new to the US market. The industry expects to see how 2019 VW Amarok is going to perform in new surroundings. So far, the pickup raised its popularity across the globe. However, the market in the United States is not so easy to handle. But, Volkswagen, no matter the crisis hit them with diesel engines, will come with such drivetrain for Amarok truck. It uses 2.0-liter TDI powertrain, but for a new era, this mill can’t provide enough power. Instead, the company could turn to the 3.0-liter engine which is already used by other models.
Soon after the release of the VW Amarok, buyers in the US can see other German truck concepts in production. So far, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class could come first. Also, rumors are already mentioning diesel unit for this vehicle. Mercedes could install either X220d or X250d diesel powertrain. These units are good for 190 and more horsepower.
On the other hand, we heard that BMW and Audi are also on the way to develop trucks. BMW already has the concept, but the production model is not in plans yet. As other German carmakers, the Bavarian giant is also considering a diesel engine for its truck. According to early info, pickup could borrow a drivetrain from some of its crossover siblings. Engineers are targeting 250 hp for output. Last, but not the least interesting, is Audi Pickup Truck. As the BMW, this is just a concept at this moment, which waits to get into production. We are sure that Audi will also consider a diesel model for its first appearance in this segment.