A bright-red pickup truck with a few aesthetic mods is up for sale at Kahn Automobiles

Kahn Automobiles is back with another customized creation – this time it’s the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The automaker’s pickup truck attempt wasn’t very successful, but mods like this make the truck look desirable.

The X-Class by Kahn Automobiles has been customized aesthetically and doesn’t receive any mechanical changes. The company claims that the ethos behind the truck is ‘catwalk chic’ (whatever that is), but the end result looks pretty neat.

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Roush tune gives the Ford Ranger an extra 47 hp, 65 lb-ft. for under $1,000

Michigan-based tuner Roush is giving the Ford Ranger a generous serving of power for a relatively small amount of money. Legal in all 50 states, its Performance Pac 1 increases the truck’s horsepower and torque outputs.

You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting a pickup that outguns the Mustang GT500; this is not it, though one may be around the corner. Instead, Roush developed a tuning package that makes the Ranger peppier while remaining on the tame side of the performance scale. The bundle consists of a cold-air induction kit that replaces the factory air intake, and a software-based performance engine calibration that was created in-house.

Compatible with 2019 and 2020 trucks burning premium gasoline, the Performance Pac 1 adds 47 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels, numbers that bump the turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder’s output to 317 and 375. For context, the stock Ranger delivers 270 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.

Roush noted the cold-air intake does not compromise the Ranger’s water-fording ability. It added that it designed the parts using CAD data from Ford, so they fit like factory-built components. Aftermarket tuners are a dime a dozen, but Roush earned the trust of enthusiasts by racing and modifying Ford vehicles for decades. It’s the same company that builds a 650-horsepower F-150 Raptor and a stick-shifted 775-horsepower Mustang.

Pricing for the Performance Pac 1 starts at $935, and it’s covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Shipping is free, and it’s available now, but Roush warns that buyers face an eight-week delay due to tremendous demand. Once you finally receive the kit, installing it is an easy, one-hour job that requires merely basic tools.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline debuts, and it finally looks like a truck

The Ridgeline’s mid-cycle refresh is a big one for design

Look at this! It’s the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, and it’s fixing exactly what so many folks have complained about since this truck launched for the 2017 model yearHonda has finally made its truck look more like a truck, which (and you’d have never guessed this) is what truck buyers seem to want.

Now, we have had our own misgivings about the Ridgeline’s design, but its excellence in categories outside of design have made us more forgiving of its soft, Pilot-like face. Every other midsize truck has a rough-and-tough character about it, and now the Ridgeline can say the same.

It’s using all new sheetmetal from the front pillars on forward. The larger, more upright face is the most immediate and obvious change. The grille is fairly normal for a truck now with its large and prominent design. There’s still a chrome strip that highlights the nose of the car, but it’s been moved upwards to meet the taller hood. That hood is totally reshaped into a square, bulging piece that extends outward in an aggressive manner. Previously, it had a sloping hoodline that made it look more like a car or crossover design. Now? It’s all truck.

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