Jamaicans' favourite pick ups
Pickup trucks are a staple in the Jamaican automotive industry. Below are some of the favourite pickup trucks used by Jamaicans.
Mitsubishi L200 Sportero
The second-generation L200 was introduced in 1987, powered by a 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, producing 104bhp. Some 4WD models were offered in a two-colour paint scheme, which gave the pickup standout aesthetics over its competitors. Known for its superior 4WD system and fuel efficiency, this generation had a 10-year run before its redesign.
For its fifth generation, the L200 finally got a facelift in 2015. The current model boasts smooth, flowing lines, improved driving dynamics and comes with a host of standard features such as distinctive LED lights and a touch-screen audio system. The L200 is powered by a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, producing 187bhp.
Nissan Datsun and Nissan NP300 Frontier
The Nissan Datsun pickup was the vehicle of choice for those in the bauxite industry. These trucks sold well globally and were known for their reliability and endurance. In the 1990s, it gained popularity by the local auto group, Topless Crew, who would remove the top of these pickups. The powerplant used in these trucks was mainly a 2.7-litre diesel engine, producing just 98bph.
For 2015, Nissan premiered the NP300 Frontier. The Frontier has received improvements in the cabin, with more technology being available and a better ride quality. This is made possible by an improved mulitlink, rear-suspension system. It must also be noted that some of the technology and style visible in the cabin of the current X-Trail and Qashqai have made its way over to the Frontier. The Frontier is powered by a 2.3-litre turbo-diesel engine, which produces 187bhp.
The Hilux has been a staple in the Toyota line-up since 1968. Known for its reliability and for being a capable off-road vehicle, the Hilux quickly ended up as a preferred choice for government fleet vehicles. The sixth-generation pickup, which had a production life from 1997 to 2005, was powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine, producing 97bph.
Our recently reviewed eight-generation 2016 Toyota Hilux employs the Toyota 'Keen Look' design language. This can be mainly identified on the new Corolla which uses slim projector headlights and LED daytime running lights. The Hilix is primarily built for utilitarian task, with a luxurious feel in the cabin. Powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine which produces 171bph, this model lives up to the Hilux reputation of exceptional reliability.
Isuzu KB and Isuzu D-Max
A popular choice between farmers and construction crews, the Isuzu KB came on to the scene in the early 1980s. The KB was powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, turning out 50bhp. The single and double cab pickups were the most popular.
Offering a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, along with low running costs, the second-generation D-Max is one of the most underrated pickups on the market. The D-Max is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, producing 177bph. The D-Max is outfitted with Isuzu's new rugged ladder-frame chassis platform 'i-Grip', which makes it 42 per cent stronger than its predecessors, as well as lighter.
Ford F-150 and Ford Ranger
In 1997, the F-150 burst on to the local scene. A popular choice between entertainers as well as businessmen, the 1997 F-150 even won Motor Trend's Truck of the Year. Powered by a 4.2-litre diesel engine producing 217bph, this was one agile pickup. After a seven-year run, the shape was redesigned, but failed to capture the success of its predecessor.
Even though not a direct replacement, the Ford Ranger started gaining popularity shortly after. With a wading depth tolerance of 800MM on its 4WD variants and car-like handling, the current model has become a popular choice in recent times. Offered with a 3.2-litre engine, producing 200bhp, and the ability to tow up to 3.85 tonnes, the Ranger is capable of a rough working life.