The sacred barrier of 1,000 foot-pounds. of torque has finally been broken, a threshold never seen before in a production truck. While Ford has come close with more than 900 lb-ft. Ram was the truck manufacturer that hit the high water mark, and the figure that allows a properly configured Ram Ram to break 35,100 lbs and carry 7,680 lbs. Only this payload is more than most trucks can tow. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a freight train for the road.
The Ram was just one of the highlights of the truck and SUV of the 2019 North American Motor Show last held in January in Detroit.
The Ford Explorer, now mounting a rear-wheel-drive platform, debuted in a new ST trim trim along with a hybrid. The ST boasts 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque from its 3.0-liter V6 turbo. The Explorer ST also features a Sport mode that improves steering, throttle and 10-speed transmission. The Hybrid version, in turn, produces 318 horsepower from its V6 / 3.3-liter electric motor combination and still manages 800 miles in a single tank.
Not to be outdone, the Cadillac introduced a three-line SUV, the XT6. With approximately the same size as the Buick Enclave, the XT6 adopts the Cadillac signature and comes loaded with standard equipment, including the AWD.
Kia is also going big, launching its three-row Telluride SUV. It's bigger than a Sorento, but the same as the Hyundai Palisade. Power comes from a 3.8-liter V6 that pumps 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's also pretty, square and square and adventurous, another point for Kia designer Peter Schreyer.