The rather pointlessly large American cars do have some benefits, extension of these are the extra-large pickup trucks that can carry a lot of cargo apart from looking super cool. There were a variety of pickups on display at the ongoing SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas; unfortunately none of these will ever turn up in India anytime soon. So here is a photo gallery to give you a glimpse of what we are missing out on:
Nissan Titan XD
Nissan and Cummins have come together to set a land-speed record with this Titan XD diesel pickup truck. The project is named Project Triple Nickel and involves modifying this machine for performance. Under the hood is the 5.0-litre V8, producing 752Nm of torque and then there are tweaks to the body for better aerodynamics. The current record in D/DT class where the Titan intends to compete is 307Km and that is one hell of a number to beat.
Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept
This one tried to make an even more hardcore off roader out of a machine that already has respectable abilities. The mechanical changes to this Jeep include two-inch lift kit, electronic locking differential, rock-trac transfer case and solid axles at the front and rear. The concept also looks a lot different with special badging, unique colour and the exquisite interiors. Jeep has no plans of putting this to production, but might use few of its parts in the special edition models coming next year.
Chevrolet Colorado Z71
With the typical Chevy looks, the Colorado pickup has always been a looker. This one just takes it to the next level by adding a few accessories and performance parts that make it look a lot meaner. It gets racing stripes and red-black colour combination across the body and to improve utility there is a bar at the rear with LED auxiliary lighting.
Honda Baja Ridgeline race truck
This one is purpose-built to race in the Baja 1000 and that means this will take any sort of beating and live to talk about it. It has a tubular frame chassis, 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 pumping 550bhp and all the off-road credentials with four-wheel drive and chunky tyres. There will also be a production version of this for the American market in early 2016.
Need a vehicle that hauls all your business cargo through the day and then doubles up as your luxury party car in the evening? Toyota has just the right car for you, the Tundrasine pickup. Based on the 1974 Tundrasine 4x4 CrewMax, this concept has been stretched to 26 feet. Needless to say, the cabin is luxurious with leather and wood trims, and the photo shows there is still some space at the back for a live band. Only problem, it weighs 3,610 kilograms and that means it will not go into production (ever).