“Refinement” defines the new F-150

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Considering that Ford Motor Co. completely overhauled its F-150 pickup truck line about a year and a half ago, it’s no surprise that only a series of “refinements,” for lack of a better term, are occurring to the 2013 model year – some of the significant, of course, but in no way comparable to the new engines and steering system rolled out by the OEM in September 2010.

The most noteworthy changes to the 2013 iteration of the F-150 include a new front-end design, advanced technology “packages” such as the MyFord Touchsystem with voice-activated driver controls, and optional high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

Raj Sarkar, Ford’s marketing manager for the F-150, provides an overview of those features as well as some others in the video below:

One neat new feature for the 2013 model F-150 are power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow side-view mirrors that add flexibility and convenience when operating in tight quarters, according to the automaker – aomething exceedingly helpful; for work crewes operating in tight urban quarters, I expect.

Ford is also adding is SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system with 911 Assistand Vehicle Health Report as standard equipment in the 2013 F-150 XLT series and above, to enable – among other things – hands-free, voice-activated control of enabled mobile devices (a fancy way of saying hands-free cell phone use).

The company pointed out that a wide array of optional services can be activated via its SYNC system, including traffic information updates, turn-by-turn directions, plus weather updates.

The 2013 model F-150 also introduces SYNC paired with a new 4.2-inch LCD [liquid crystal display] center-stack screen that provides enhanced displays of audio and climate-control functions. In addition, the instrument cluster contains a 4.2-inch driver-configurable LCD productivity screen including menus for gauge setup, trip computer, and fuel economy readings, along with towing and off-road applications.

Off course, Ford still highlights fuel efficiency as the hallmark of its F-150 lineup today – fuel efficiency driven by its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine platform, rolled out several years ago. This engine – capable of generating 365 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel, providing 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway – is becoming far and away the model of choice among F-150 buyers, as it powers nearly 60% of all F-150s ordered now.

“The 2013 Ford F-150 adds more style and technology that sets a benchmark for capability and efficiency in light-duty pickups,” noted Ford’s Sarkar. “We continue to focus on the no-compromise solution for our customers, giving them all of the conveniences and technologies they want with the capability they need and the fuel efficiency to go further.”

That of course is the key to selling light trucks these days.  

Discuss this Blog Entry 4

on Jun 5, 2012

Sean, I'm a consumer and I'll tell you and the people at Ford that the key to selling me a new truck is low cost. There is not a single truck, or car for that matter that I can afford any longer. They can keep all that fancy-schmancy stuff and cut the cost. It's looking like I'll be driving my '03 for the rest of my life.

on Jun 6, 2012

This true one several levels, and we keep running our 1998 Ford Explorer for the same reason -- cheap to own and operate.
Yet all sorts of govt. mandates to boost vehicle safety & reduce fuel consumption and emissions are helping drive sticker prices (though no doubt OEMs are using both of those situations as cover to a degree to charge more)
Last thought: we bought a used '08 minivan last year with the same mileage we bought our '01 minivan for the same price, despite a whole host of technological improvements and added features. Then again it's a minivan we're talking about here; I'm well aware of that factoid!

Steve Myers (not verified)
on Jun 12, 2012

Sean,
I agree with ssgintx, vehicles are expensive. My main concern, however, is the "distraction" that is going to happen when one tries to use all the "conveniences". We'll keep our 04 Mountaineer for a few more years.
Steve

on Aug 9, 2012

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