by Lana Walton | April 19, 2017 12:07 pm
For several years, trucks like the Volkswagen Amarok and the Holden Ute have been part of the top picks in the tradie community in Australia. While the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux are still among the favorites, this year, the world of trade vehicles have taken on a more international flavor. Let’s take a look at the five best tradie cars for 2017.
The Chinese commercial car brand LDV has been expanding its line up in Australia, and one of their offerings is the T60 Ute, which will be available in the third or fourth quarter of the year. Variants will include a dual-cab, an extended double-cap, and a single cab. Drivers can also pick from an all-wheel drive or a rear-drive model. LDV expects this muscle to achieve a crash rating of five stars. Among its safety features include a 360-degree surround camera, a driver fatigue monitoring, a rear-view camera, parking sensors, and six airbags.
The 2017 Isuzu D-Max offers drivers a new look. Aside from the fresh exterior design, notable changes include the double-stack grille in the front, plus an improved lower bumper, alloy wheel designs, and LED daytime running headlights. For the interior, tradies will surely be excited with the all-new rear-seat angle design for the dual-cab that provides more comfort. Add to that a new instrument cluster and upgraded trim. The European version of the car will gain more advanced fuel efficiency technology, but Australians need not be jealous as the country’s version will have improved fuel efficiency as well.
The Toyota Hilux was Australia’s best-selling vehicle in 2016, and there’s no doubt it’s going to acquire that title again this year. The truck offers a wide range of accessories that will suit the needs of tradies, including airbag-compatible bullbars, roof racks, ladder racks, side steps, tray liners, and tow kits. It also offers 4WD-specific accessories, perfect if you’re always on the road. The latest model also shows excellent improvement in terms of cabin quality and comfort, with its improved road-holding and driveline refinement.
It’s rare for France to make an entry in the Utes world, but this year, they present enthusiasts with something from the Nissan-Renault partnership, the Renault Alaskan. It’s based on the Navara and has similarities with its Japanese counterpart. It offers multiple variants, including 4×4 and 4×2 forms. It’s perfect for both tradies and families with its dual-cab versions that offer a car-like interior. It also offers a 1-tonne plus load capacity, plus a lockable rear differential that should aid off-road driving. While some of the engine will be similar to that of the Navara, the Renault Alaskan has its own unique touch with its 2.3 L 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine.
Finally, there’s this truck offered by major Indian manufacturer. Based on the Scorpio SUV, it’s a fresh and improved version of the Mahindra Pik-Up Ute. Sources say it’s going to feature the aggressive front end of the Scorpio, which means a wider grille and a lower bumper. It will also feature improved headlights that incorporate twin projector lamps, plus LED lights. Joining the design of the new pick up are integrated side steps. In terms of its interior, it will most likely possess the dual-tone dash that the Scorpio also features. And with its 2.2 L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine, it’s definitely not going to be left behind in terms of power and performance.
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