In 2014, Ford is kicking off auto year in Detroit with the new F-150. The Thirteenth generation of America’s best-selling pick-up is more robust, innovative, and safer than ever before.
The F-150 is considered the heart of Ford’s F-series – the pick-up series that has been successful for more than 60 years. This epitome of a “truck”, as the Americans call this segment, has been the best-selling flatbed truck in North America for 37 years and the best-selling car there for 32 years. Those responsible expect correspondingly great sales successes for the F-150, which is built in the Ford commercial vehicle plant at headquarters in Dearborn (Michigan) as well as in the “Kansas City Assembly Plant” in Claycomo (Missouri).
The new F-150 defines the future of the pick-up segment.
According to Ford, the new generation is even more robust, better, and more versatile, and it also offers features that F-150 buyers want for work and hobby.
For example, material: For the first time, the body of the Ford F-150 is made entirely of high-strength aluminum sheets of a specification that is already used in aviation, freight transport, in the energy industry, and in many other areas where robustness and low weight have to interact. Resistant light metal combines several qualities. It is less prone to dents in the sheet metal and reduces the pick-up’s empty weight, which benefits consumption and thus the economy. The wholly redesigned closed ladder box frame of the F-150 also has a high proportion of both lightweight and high-strength steels. Ford was able to reduce the vehicle’s mass by up to 320 kilograms compared to the current generation.
Individual components and, of course, the entire vehicle have been subjected to the most stringent tests in Ford’s development centers, on a wide variety of test tracks and in the relentless everyday use of incredibly demanding customers. For weeks several F-150s crossed the United States from Seattle to Miami and from Boston to Los Angeles – always heavily loaded or with massive trailers in tow. The (gate) tour led from hot desert valleys to icy high mountain passes and exposed the technology to a temperature change bath between minus 40 and 50 degrees Celsius. A camouflaged Ford F-150 even took part in the ultra-tough Baja 1000 desert race, defeating racing pick-ups that had been specially built for this off-road hunt.
Ford consistently focuses on quality with the new F-150:
The extraordinary robustness of the new F-150 is explained, among other things, by the steel quality of the ladder frame. This high-strength material achieves a strength of 70,000 psi or 482.6 N / mm² – the fabric of this superior quality is not standard even in larger commercial vehicle segments. The frame’s structural rigidity is ensured by eight welded-through cross members, while shock absorbers on the rear axle offset outwards increase stability.
The new Ford F-150 has several groundbreaking technology functions and features onboard, many of which are available for the first time in this segment:
A 360-degree overview compiles an image from the external cameras’ images, which shows the vehicle from a bird’s eye view. This view makes it easier for the driver to park and turn around in tight spaces.
Headlights and rear lights in LED technology ensure the vehicle’s excellent visibility at night or when visibility is poor.
The Trailer Hitch Assist system shows a line on the monitoring of the reversing camera that helps the driver position the vehicle for coupling a trailer.
Integrated loading ramps enable quads or motorbikes to be driven onto the loading area effortlessly.
A powerful 400-watt power connection in the driver’s cab enables mobile communication devices, heavy cordless tools, and battery packs to be charged while driving. So if the pen forgot to load the cordless hammer drill again, no problem. Is done on the way to the construction site.
Ford has not cut corners with the electronic helpers either, driver assistance systems such as Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch, Hill Start Assist, MyKey, Park Pilot system in the back or reversing camera, trailer stabilization and the practical fold-out step in the tailgate are available.
The engine range with four independent engine characters covers all customer requirements practically. The 2.7 liter EcoBoost petrol engine, which is equipped with an automatic start-stop system as standard, is making its debut in the F-150 family. This compact and relatively lightweight turbo direct injection engine produces performance values on par with medium-sized V8 engines. Another new addition to the range is a 3.5-liter V6 with double independent camshaft adjustment (Ti-VCT). There is also a choice of the tried and tested “bigger brothers” of the two newcomers: the 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline engine and the 5.0-liter V8 with Ti-VCT.
Every Ford F-150 with EcoBoost unit has a variable cooler air inlet as standard. When there is a high need for cooling, this system’s slats remain open – for example, in heat, when trains are running, or in stop-and-go situations. Otherwise, they are closed and, in this way, reduce air resistance while driving.
The new Ford F-150 will hit the market in North America later this year. Sales of the new generation of this iconic pick-up in North America are planned for the end of 2014. Traditionally, the Ford F-150 will then take off with the most astonishing variants and versions in the “truck” segment. There are five primary equipment lines XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum, and King Ranch. Additional chrome packages are available for XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch. Ford offers a unique sport look in various monochromatic colors for the XL, XLT, and Lariat versions.