The 8 Pickups You Want But You Can’t Have

There are some great pickups that we can’t get in the United States. There are many reasons for the chicken tax, which adds 25% to the price of every van imported into the United States. For this reason, and more importantly for the same reason, a pickup can only be competitive if it is made here. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show you our top eight lifts that we wanted, but can’t have.

Mazda BT-50

2020 Mazda BT-50 Midsize Pickup | Mazda

Mazda shares its vans with the platform everywhere. An earlier version used the Ford Ranger platform. It now shares bones with the Isuzu D-Max pickup. The sheetmetal follows Mazda’s Kodo design language, so you’ll see similarities to the CX-5 and CX-9. If it were sold in this country, it would have to have some sort of gasoline or hybrid powertrain, but it offers a 1.9-liter or 3.0-liter diesel engine. The largest market for the BT-50 is Australia, but it is sold all over the world except North America and Japan.

Nissan Navara

2020 Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 | Nissan

Nissan believes that American tastes call for a more refined pickup than in the rest of the world. That’s why we got the Border while everyone else got the Navara. Since the Frontier will be built here, it is designed for American buyers, while the Navara is a more robust truck with a very different chassis. We understand that our new Frontier shares a chassis with the Navara, but that’s about the closest they get to each other.

Peugeot Landtrek

2021 Peugeot Landtrek | Stellantis

APPROPRIATE: Why can’t we buy exotic pickups like this?

The merger with Stellantis makes everything from Peugeot even more interesting. There is speculation that many Peugeots will be renamed Ram, Chrysler or Dodge for the United States. But don’t forget the chicken tax. If it’s a mid-size pickup, it should be built here too. So we won’t be seeing Landtrack. Except in the United States, this truck is not available in Europe. The main markets are Latin America and Africa. It’s the same truck in Chile, but it’s called Changan Hunter. Power is provided by four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.

Mitsubishi Triton

2020 Mitsubishi Triton | Mitsubishi

Given how Mitsubishi cars are sold in the US, you’d think they could find an assembly plant here to build the Triton. So that Mitsu can have a competitive truck. In its current form, it is available in other parts of the world, but not in North America. It is available in a variety of finishes that increase the luxurious features with each finish. A more aggressive version of the Triton, similar to the smaller TRX or Raptor. We’re looking forward to seeing it.

Fiat Toro

Fiat Toro, the basis for the Columbia Ram 1000 | Stellantis.

Based on the bones of the Jeep Renegade and Compass, the Fiat Toro is a unique lifestyle truck unlike any other discussed here. One of the many differences from our eight models shown here is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option. The electricity comes from a gas or diesel power station. The Toro is called Ram 700 in Mexico, and there are rumors that it will be marketed in the US to compete with the front-wheel-drive Ford Maverick. It is a beautiful truck, despite its limited payload.

Volkswagen Amarok

2018 Volkswagen Amarok Mid-size Pickup | VW

We think the Amarok will do well in the US. It is currently only available in Europe, South America and Africa. It is equipped with superior materials and features that make it a top-of-the-line truck. And his body on the frame. Besides the V6, four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines are also available. Since Ford and VW are collaborating on a new Ranger pickup, we’ll probably see the Amarok in the US at some point. We may have to wait until 2023, but we think it can happen.

Toyota Hilux

2021 Toyota Hilux Invincible | Toyota

The Toyota Hilux is a work class truck. You’ll see it in newspapers around the world. It’s a very different truck than the Tacoma, but it has different engines. Besides the cockpit that is most often seen in news clips, there is also a version with one cockpit. The capacity of the tow truck is about 1000 pounds, and above that you will probably have to get a bigger and more expensive truck. Like Nissan, we believe the reason we have the Tacoma instead of the Hilux is due to the perception of Toyota’s marketers in the United States. And they can’t be wrong, because the Tacoma is selling very well in the United States.