Ford has updated its most popular pickup truck, the F-150. The F-150 model has been in service for almost half a century. In 2020, the pickup truck entered its 14th generation, and now it’s time for a planned restyling. The updated Ford F-150, and at the same time its “charged” version of the F-150 Raptor, debuted on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show. Ford did not delay and immediately announced orders and prices: the basic pickup truck costs from $36,570 excluding delivery, and the most expensive in the F-150 Raptor family starts from 77,980. This is several thousand dollars more expensive than the pre-reform model.
The update followed the standard scenario. The pickup truck’s appearance was corrected with new, more aggressive bumpers, modernized optics and a different radiator grille, the interior was modernized, the list of standard equipment was expanded, the configurations and engine line were revised – the base 3.3-liter V6 engine disappeared from it. But first things first.
The updated Ford F-150 received vertically elongated LED running lights with characteristic “brackets”, inside each of which there are a pair of rectangular blocks of main headlights, separated by yellow turn signals. The lighting equipment is integrated into the radiator grille, the design of which, as before, depends on the selected configuration. For example, in the Tremor version, which is distinguished by orange accents, there is now a double bright stripe, visually dividing the grille in two.
The most important change at the stern is the new Pro Access Tailgate opening scheme. Now it not only tilts down, but also has a hinged flap in the middle (opens at an angle from 37 to 100 degrees) for quick access to the cargo. The solution allows you to reduce the distance to the side handle and increases the area where you can reach by hand by about half a meter.
The cabin now features a standard 12-inch infotainment screen and, a first for the F-150, an optional head-up display. Already in the entry-level configuration, the pickup truck comes with 10 auxiliary systems, including a lane change assistant and an improved lane keeping function. Another improvement is that you can now simultaneously display two images from external cameras on the central screen.
The most powerful (and expensive) pickup in the family is the F-150 Raptor. There are two engines to choose from, a V6 with twin turbocharging, producing 456 horsepower, and a 5.2-liter V8, which, according to the company, develops “over 700 horsepower” – such a unit is included in the Raptor with the prefix R. The cost of the latter is according to preliminary data exceeds 111 thousand dollars.
The start of sales of the Ford F-150 and F150 Raptor is scheduled for early 2024.