Pick-Up Sales Pick Up! Pick-Up Trucks Available to Lease Now!
When you think of a pick-up truck it probably conjures up images of American dusty roads and male construction workers in checked shirts who may or may not be overcompensating for something … but pick-up trucks have been quietly picking up some new fans in all shapes and sizes …
What are the attractions of a Pick-Up truck?
When comparing registrations in 2015 to those in 2016 pick-up trucks saw a 17.6% increase in the UK. This growth is believed to be due to the dual purpose nature of a pick-up.
Over the years pick-up trucks have been losing their rugged, muscle features and toning down to appear more SUV like and so appeal to a wider market. It can be used through the week as a work vehicle, and at the weekends as a family car.
"Why use a pick up line when you got a pickup truck" – Earl Dibbles jr
The four wheel drive nature of a pick-up truck means you can go anywhere, so just sitting behind the wheel of one might make you feel more adventurous! Many people see pick-up trucks as gas guzzlers, but as manufacturers are continuously improving engine efficiency and reducing emissions you might find you now get more miles for your money than you would have thought.
Another added little perk of a pick-up truck is its classification as a commercial vehicle for tax purposes.
Which pick-ups are around at the moment?
If you are ready to experience the benefits of a pick-up for yourself below are the trucks available right now starting with the most affordable, all pick-ups featured are Euro 6 compliant.
#1 Isuzu D Max
The Isuzu D max has been manufactured since 2002. The maximum loading weight depends upon model selected but can reach a maximum of 1136kg. You can expect to achieve around 33.6 – 28.7 mpg while emitting 192-220 g/km of C02. The Izusu D Max is undergoing a facelift with the new generation expected to be revealed at the end of April.
#2 Mitsubishi L200
The Mitsubushi L200 boasts the best total load capacity (load bed and trailer) of any pick up currently on the market. This year it was awarded the Carbuyer Best Pick-Up award. You can achieve a respectable 39mpg with emissions ranging from 180 -196 g/km.
#3 Nissan Navara
The Navara has this year been awared the WhatVan? Pick Up of the Year. Nissan released their first pick up back in 1932 so they have had a few years to perfect things. Miles per gallon reach up into the 40s at an average of 46.3 mpg with 159 g/km of C02 emitted.
#4 Toyota Hilux
Toyota has been making pick-up trucks since 1968 and have just released the new Hilux. It features a redesigned frame to ensure toughness and new suspension to ensure the same level of ride comfort you would experience in an SUV. Fuel economy of up to 40.4 mpg can be achieved with emissions in the region of 185 g/km.
#5 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger is the pick-up we sell the most often at Rivervale Van Leasing. It has a payload of up to 1240 kg and fuel economy up to 43.5 mpg while emissions remain relatively low at 171 g/km. It’s packed full of technology and can even wade through water up to 800 mm deep.
# Fiat Fullback
The Fiat Fullback is new to the market, with production only beginning in 2016. It is built on the same production line but doesn’t offer the same wide range of specifications the L200 does. Fiat are only appealing to those who want a high specification vehicle. It manages a good 37.7-40.9 mpg within the expected emissions range of 180 g/km – 196 g/km.
#7 Volkswagen Amarok
The Amarok has been updated this year promising driving comfort on almost any terrain, even through water up to 500 mm deep. Engines feature Volkswagen BlueMotion technology as standard helping to achieve up to 36.2 mph.
#8 Vauxhhall VXR 8 Maloo
This pick-up is probably not for those who will spend a lot of time using their pick-up as a working vehicle… it’s great for those who want to drive fast in a big car covering 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and the massive 6.2 litre V8 engine will need feeding regularly with only 15.3 mpg. It’s also not the most environmentally friendly with emissions at a huge 363 g/km.
The increase in popularity in the Pick-Up segment has not gone unnoticed by other manufacturers with Mercedes-Benz releasing the Mercedes-Benz X-Class later this year and Renault bringing out the Renault Alaskan before the year is over.
Are you tempted to pick up a pick-up?
The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.
5 April 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy