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2015 Detroit Auto Show Wrap-Up

We Came, We Saw, We Gave Awards

Jan 14, 2015
This year’s Detroit Auto Show proved itself to be a momentous one in the world of trucks. We saw a number of significant debuts and some unexpected models from both established players, as well as brands not typically associated with trucks.
Highlighting the show for Truck Trend was the presentation of the 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year Award to the 2015 Ford F-150. Truck Trend Network Content Director Sean P. Holman personally presented our inaugural billet piston to Ford Trucks Marketing Director Doug Scott.
Photo 2/14   |   2015 Ford F 150 PTOTY Handoff 1
Possibly the most-anticipated debut of the show in regard to trucks was the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. The all-new diesel-powered truck aims to re-establish Nissan’s pecking order in the fullsize truck segment in no uncertain terms. With 555 lb-ft of torque, a towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds, and more than a 2,000-pound payload, Nissan is hoping to offer a unique product that bridges the traditional 1/2-ton and HD segments. Details on the non-XD Titan are expected at a later date.
Other big news from the Motor City included the unannounced (but widely expected) debut of the next-generation Ford F-150 Raptor. Dearborn’s next-generation off-road beast did not disappoint with Fox Racing remote-reservoir shocks, custom front control arms, and a high-output twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. Official output figures were not released but are promised to surpass the outgoing 6.2L V-8’s 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The Raptor will also mark the debut of the 10-speed automatic in the F-150.
Ram debuted the Raptor-esque 1500 Rebel model, forsaking the brand’s traditional crosshair grille for a block-letter look, with increased ground clearance and Bilstein shocks and air suspension. Further burnishing its credentials of having the most fuel-efficient fullsize truck, Ram debuted the 1500 EcoDiesel HFE after discovering the addition of side steps and a tonneau cover on the Quad Cab configuration yielded an additional 1 mpg city and highway in EPA testing, resulting in an impressive 21 city, 29 highway, and 24 combined mpg.
Toyota showed its all-new 2016 Tacoma with a new dual-injection (port and direct) 3.5L V-6 and a new six-speed automatic for all models. Initial indications show a much more refined interior and a formidable competitor to General Motors’ new midsize twins.
Even Hyundai showed its unconventional Santa Cruz pickup concept, which previews the possible coming of a wave of car-based mini-trucks in the years ahead. Read more about all these stories below!
The Handoff: Giving Out Our Pickup Truck of the Year Award
2016 Nissan Titan XD First Look
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Features Ten-Speed Trans, HO EcoBoost
2016 Toyota Tacoma First Look
2015 Ram 1500 Rebel First Look
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE Gets Record-Setting 29 Highway MPG
2016 Lincoln MKX First Look
Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept Aimed at Urban Millennials
Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe First Look
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Shows Elements of New SUV’s Styling
Official: Bentley SUV Named Bentayga
2016 Range Rover, Sport Get Diesel Option for U.S.

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