The Raymond Loewy Associates, who had designed cars for Studebaker before did the work for the 1949 models. Studebaker brought out the new 2R series of truck models. It used a six-cylinder 169.6 cubic inch engine which had been used by Studebaker
Champion for several years. The 2R pickup came in three sizes: 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton. The smaller of the three came with a 112 inch wheelbase with a
6.5 foot pickup box. The new design eliminated the running boards that had previously been on all trucks and made the pickup box so the sides were not only double-sides but
both side were smooth. This basic design would stay with Studebaker for the next 15 years.
The truck was well received as many considered that it brought Studebaker designs to the front ranks again. Studebaker used a 170 cubic inch six-cylinder Champion engine
which produced 85 horsepower. In mid-1949 it built a number of trucks using a larger engine, the 245.6 cubic inch Commander giving 102 horsepower. It is believed these
trucks were used for the export truck market.