A lot of exciting truck trends are coming in 2019 and your Rio Grande Valley truck accessories and parts provider at Camco Wheel & Axle want to give you the scoop on what you can expect next year.
From upfitting options to new accessories, check out what the industry has in store.
Truck Trends for 2019
1. Bigger is Better
It isn’t uncommon nowadays to see trucks rolling out of the factory with 33-inch — and even 35-inch — tall off-road tires. This is an ongoing trend, as a few years back, 18-inch rims were the norm until they started shifting them to the 22-inch rims.
And most service technicians agree: the size of wheels and tires may get even bigger after the following year, with newer models having 37-inch off-road tires or 24-inch rims.
2. More Storage Options to Choose From
Currently, many different generations of trucks are developing in-bed storage boxes, much like the Ram and its Ram box or the Nissan Titan and its Titan box. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is expected to feature the same type of in-bed storage boxes.
On top of the storage boxes, truck models are expected to be designed with more bed cargo volume, additional storage boxes, and bigger consoles and cubbies for the interior.
3. More Performance Parts and Accessories Are Coming Out of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
OEMs are starting to see the dollar signs in the aftermarket supplier industry and are developing performance parts and other truck accessories. One of these truck manufacturers that stands out right now is Dodge.
Coming with the 2019 Ram 1500 is over 200 Mopar parts and truck accessories that offer a bevy of options regarding performance, utility, or appearance. We’re talking airflow intake systems, Ram racks, 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires – the works.
While the number of options may seem overwhelming, this is nothing new from the truck manufacturing giant. Remember when gooseneck hitches were something that had to be added on after purchase? Now, most trucks come with them installed.
4. Better Engine Oil Filtration Leads to Longer Drain Intervals
API category CK-4 and FA-4 engine oil standards improved fuel efficiency back in 2016:
- CK-4 – This engine oil is more compatible with older engines. It is best suitable for engine systems that run on diesel fuel systems that have a sulfur content of 15 parts per million (ppm) to 500 ppm.
- FA-4 – This engine oil is only used for engines that operate with diesel fuel with a sulfur content at or below 15 parts per million.
These lower viscosity, synthetic engine oils were designed to meet on-highway greenhouse gas emission standards set in 2017, and they have helped to improve the durability of exhaust aftertreatment systems.
So what does this all exactly mean? In short, better engine oil quality that can catch all that soot and other contaminants will need to have an oil filter that can keep up with its longevity. That’s where filter media like seamless steel shells, vibration-resistant gaskets, and spiral cores come in. These types of upgrades to your oil filtration system will protect the engine system better than before.
Since these engine oils have better contaminant control qualities, you are bound to make some serious fuel economy gains at the pump and at the tune-up shop.
Alternative Fuel Sources
A large amount of the top truck manufacturers — except for Toyota — are designing pickup trucks that can use alternative fuel sources. Within the next year, for instance, Ford will be releasing its F-150 Hybrid.
Electric power is 100 percent torque—which big things like trains and some semi-trucks run on—and they help keep fuel costs low, providing excellent fuel mileage. As an added benefit, your workers can also plug in the tools they need for the next job as they are driving out to it.
These hybrid-type of pickup trucks are expected to deliver the torque and power necessary to get the job done.
You won’t want to miss out on buying some of these top-of-the-line truck accessories from the Rio Grande Valley’s #1 total vehicle solution, Camco Wheel & Axle. Our service technicians are eagerly waiting to work on your fleet.