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Best utes arriving in 2024

In 2024, some very big players are releasing fresh metal in Australia, including Toyota, Isuzu, Ford and Mitsubishi.

Utes are and have always been the backbone of Australian motoring.

In 2024, some new, very big heavy hitters are having their time in the sun, from brands as established in this field as Toyota, Isuzu, Ford and Mitsubishi.

Yet there are a few newer players getting in on the action, too, so get in, buckle up and let's take a ride through the world of the best new utes for 2024.

01. Jeep Gladiator - Q1

The refreshed Gladiator for 2024 boasts a redesigned front end with a new-look grille being the most obvious change.

Inside, a bigger (now 12.3-inch) UConnect multimedia touchscreen (up from 8.4 inches) is fitted, along with side curtain airbags across all grades, higher-quality materials, a revised centre console and improved equipment levels.

Otherwise, it's more of the same, more or less, for Jeep's Ranger rival, including what's under the bonnet, which is a 3.6-litre petrol V6.

Jeep Gladiator


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02. Toyota HiLux 48V - H1

The Toyota HiLux is finally going electrified mid-year, thanks to a new 48-volt system.

Fitted to the long-serving 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, it is said to save fuel to the tune of 10 per cent, though it is also claimed to bring "enhanced on and off-road performance". More muscle, then, as well.

Right now, Toyota says the 48V tech will only be standard on SR5 4x4 and Rogue Double Cab models. Watch this space...

03. Ford F-150 - H2

Though only released in September, 2023 in Australia, the facelifted version of Ford's F-150 arrives at the back end of 2024 with a raft of updates.

They include new LED headlights, bumpers and grille, a clever tailgate that can swing open or fold down dubbed ‘Pro Access Tailgate’ and updated multimedia on some grades.

All Oz-bound F-150s are powered by 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine that sends drive to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic. They're made as left-hand-drive in the USA, before remanufactured with the help of RMA Automotive in Melbourne, as right-hand-drive trucks.

Ford F150


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04. Isuzu D-Max - Q2

The hot-selling Isuzu D-Max has been facelifted, with a redesigned nose offering new LED headlights, grille, bumpers and alloy wheel designs, as well as slightly better aerodynamic performance.

Inside, the have been updates to the (now larger and restyled) digital instrumentation display, revised multimedia system, and material and trim quality, for a more 'premium' look.

Isuzu has also boosted safety, with expanded front/rear cross-traffic braking tech, camera functionality and adaptive cruise control parameters, while off-road abilities benefit from improved traction control and broader off-road mode choices for the driver. Look out, Ford Ranger!

Isuzu D-Max


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05. Mitsubishi Triton - February

The sixth-generation Triton is almost all-new from the ground up with a heavily-revised powertrain carrying over from the previous, 2015-era series.

Bigger, stronger and more refined than ever, the body and chassis are freshly developed, and offered initially in 'Club Cab' two-door extended cab and four-door dual-cab guises, with cab-chassis models to follow later on.

Underneath there is a substantially more powerful 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with greater torque, an overhauled 4WD system and redeveloped steering and suspension systems promising improved handling and ride comfort - partly due to extensive testing in Australia.

06. GWM Cannon Shanhai - Q1

Whether it wears the Shanhai name or not, the bigger new GWM Cannon ute is sure to give Ford's product planners sleepless nights.

Larger and bolder looking than the smaller Cannon launched in 2020, it is expected to be powered by a more powerful engine than the current 2.0-litre four-pot turbo-diesel. Rumours suggest a 2.4-litre upgrade or even a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol - watch out Ranger Raptor!

Over the existing Cannon, this new ute scores a far more luxurious interior, as well as better manners on and off the road. It should be good, so keep watching this space.

07. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - January

A small update to both the Silverado's features and its pricing means the MY24 model of Chevrolet's popular full-sized ute, or truck, is bigger in noise and in cost.

A price increase of less than two per cent means the big utes starts from $130,500 before on-road costs, or $2500 more than before, but now comes with a new active performance exhaust.

The top-spec 2024 ZR2 starts from $138,000 and gains a rear-view mirror that connects to a rear camera, a new 15-inch head-up display, a power-adjustable steering column, a Bose premium sound system and adaptive cruise control.

Chevrolet Silverado


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08. Volkswagen Amarok - Early 2024

While remaining 2023 stock has its drive-away pricing locked in, Volkwagen's 2024 Amarok is coming in a couple of thousand dollars more expensive, starting at $55,490 before on-roads for the Core TDI405.

New 2024 models gain a brake controller as standard, with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert being added to the base Core TDI405.

Four drivetrains remain available, the TDI405's 2.0-litre turbo diesel (125kW/405Nm), the 154kW/500Nm version of that engine for the TDI500, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 (TDI600) good for 184kW/600Nm and the Adventura's 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine (TSI452, 222kW/452Nm).

Volkswagen Amarok


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09. BYD Ute - H2

Later this year, BYD will set foot into a new category in Australia with the arrival of its first ute, with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 'dual motor intelligence' (DM-i) powertrain.

The head of BYD's Australian distributor, EV Direct, has talked it up as being set to sit "best in class" when it arrives, but hasn't confirmed specifications or pricing yet.

Expect a range of more than 1000km with petrol and battery both in play, and a price in the five-figure range as the brand "don't want to be pushing over $100,000".

10. Ford Ranger - Mid-2024

Ford's (and Australia's, as of late) most popular new model has been given a new trick for its 2024 model, with 'Pro Trailer Backup Assist' being added as standard for some variants and standard on others.

Wildtrak, Platinum and Raptor variants score the new feature standard, which allows drivers to steer a trailer using the outer ring of the drive mode selector on the centre console, rather than needing to use the steering wheel.

Optional on most other Rangers, the pack is joined by another new feature in 2024, heavy-duty suspension as standard for the Ranger XL, something that was often optioned by buyers. Pricing for most variants remains the same as it did from January 1 this year, starting from $36,880 before on-roads.



Ford Ranger


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Byron Mathioudakis
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Byron started his motoring journalism career when he joined John Mellor in 1997 before becoming a freelance motoring writer two years later. He wrote for several motoring publications and was ABC...
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