How far away is the automotive industry from producing 4-door, 4×4, 4-cylinder, diesel, hybrid, pickup trucks?

I want a pickup that has great towing capability (i.e. > 8,000 lbs), can stand up to a Montana winter, and gets over 30mpg. I’m cheering you on Detroit!

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2 Responses to How far away is the automotive industry from producing 4-door, 4×4, 4-cylinder, diesel, hybrid, pickup trucks?

  1. haha July 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m sure they already have the technology, but they (the auto industry) insist that they can’t implement it in their vehicles because it will increase the cost of the vehicles and consumer won’t be able to afford them. Nevermind that I see all these jerks driving around in Hummers and Escalades.
    If the government started imposing heavy taxes on inefficient vehicles, then perhaps the tide would turn.

  2. nitebearer July 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    For towing 8000lbs you need a reasonable amount of hp. So a 4 cylinder diesel is probably out of the question.

    However the industry is coming with smaller Diesels and better fuel economy. Current pickups with Diesels are capable of over 20mpg (US or almost 30mpg Imp) with right rear end gearing.

    There will be new ones for 2008.

    Becareful of the Hybrid types and investigate carefully. Most do great in the city driving but not highway. The economy figures for hybrids may be a little off from real life application.

    Detroit has yet to learn although Chrysler sees with the Sprinter van and the fuel economy of the original 5 cyl engine.