The 2022 State Fair of Texas
The State Fair’s media day was highlighted by press events from five manufacturers: Ram, Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan. All touted their trucks and SUVs; as you’d know, the domestic OEMs have essentially given up on the car segment, while Toyota and Nissan continue to believe people want cars – they just don’t want a car with their corny dog.
First up was the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel and a Ram 1500 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) model, honoring – as you’d hope – the frontline heroes. Ram will also offer a thrill ride experience in the Ram TRX model at the State Fair of Texas, which shouldn’t be missed – if, of course, you can’t dial 911.
Toyota introduced the all-new 2023 Sequoia Capstone edition, recently previewed here at txGarage. Ford introduced the all-new 2023 Ford F-250 Super Duty with a wide range of powertrains, including the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 and a 7.3-liter V-8 with improved tuning. And for you techies, the Super Duty will be the first to offer 5G capability.
This Super Duty will strive (hard!) to be the best in class in its heavy duty segment, but the final numbers have not been confirmed. (There’s a lot of confidence at Ford, according to the Ford spokesperson.) In addition, the Super Duty, which arrives in late 2022 or early 2023, can be ordered with the Pro-Power onboard generator for job site flexibility. Pricing starts around $40K (good luck finding one of those!) and jumps up to $100K, which in most neighborhoods is real money. The truck OEMs tout Best-in-Class all the time, but Ford has a history of having both the hat and the cattle…as they say.
Nissan introduced the all-new Pathfinder Rock Creek edition, and it has been redefined in every way. (We refer, of course, to the crossover. The creek remains a creek.)
Chevrolet touted their 2024 Silverado EV, which will be on showrooms next year as a 2024 model. The 2500 HD Silverado truck with the Allison transmission can also be equipped with lots of cameras to help with towing.