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October 2010 RPM: Off-Road Truck News

2011 Ford F150 Raptor Crew Cab
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted October 1, 2010
Photographers: Brenda Priddy & Co.

2011 Ford F-150 Raptor Super Crew, Return of Duramax 4.5L and more!

Here are the first pictures of the long awaited Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Super Crew, without camo. The '11 Raptor Super Crew will only be available with the 411hp/434 lb-ft 6.2L SOHC V-8 and will offer an additional color for 2011-the silver this tester is wearing. Other changes for 2011 include a variation of the Super Duty's instrument cluster-mounted productivity screen.

Duramax 4.5L To Be Resurrected?
We have been hearing that GM is reconsidering the shelved 320hp/510 lb-ft 4.5L Duramax V-8 for its fullsize pickups-and not just the 1/2-tons, either. Word has it that the 4.5L could be an option on 2500 Heavy Duty trucks for those who need diesel grunt, but don't need the ultimate towing capability of the 6.6L Duramax. By all accounts, the 4.5L turbodiesel offers excellent performance along with fuel economy solidly in the 20s. We say bring it on, General.

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Chrysler Offers an App for That
Last year, Chrysler Group was the first automotive company to replace traditional, bulky owner's manuals with DVDs and user guides. This year, the company is introducing the industry's first smartphone vehicle-information application. Information that used to be stuffed into the glovebox will now be at your fingertips. In addition to general vehicle information including vehicle operation, maintenance, and warranty, this new app offers product-feature video demonstrations, connections with fellow owners via the company's brands on social media sites, and access to customer care and 24-hour roadside assistance. The vehicle-information app is designed to support vehicles in the U.S. market. The app will first be available for iPhone and later for BlackBerry and Android devices on major mobile carriers. The application, which is free to the consumer, will eventually phase into future Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram Truck vehicles in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Get the Toyota Trail Tracker
Toyota is also entering the app game by offering the Toyota Trail Tracker app. Trail Tracker is an easy-to-use app for trail enthusiasts. It allows users to quickly find off-road trails and download detailed trail information such as maps, rating, distance, duration, elevation gain/loss, and photos. You can also browse trails, learn about trail history, and access insider trail tips. Or you can follow, connect with and learn about other Trail Tracker users from all over the country. Trail Tracker also lets users share personal trail experiences by uploading trail locations, maps, notes, and photos to trailtracker.com.

Quick Hits

  • Rumor has it that Ford will be running the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 in the Raptor R at the Baja 1000. What does it mean for the production truck?
  • GM's Chevrolet Avalanche and GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickups lead this year's Initial Quality Study from J.D. Power and Associates.
  • The Euro-spec 2011 Ranger Rover is expected to get a 4.4L V-8 turbodiesel, the same one that was slated for and cancelled on the F-150.

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