Ford has unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show what it calls its "toughest, smartest and most capable" F-150 ever. Meet the all-new 13th-generation F-150.
"The F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough," said Ford chief operating officer Mark Fields. "Now, it is both tough and smart. The all-new F-150 redefines the future of trucks, and it is yet another example of our One Ford plan producing vehicles that serve customers with a commitment to the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value."
The next-generation F-150 is tougher than its predecessor, thanks to its all-new high-strength steel frame and aluminum alloy body, which have reportedly been tested for more than 10 million miles (over 16,000,000km). The American carmaker even claims that a disguised unit fitted with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine completed the 1,421km Baja 1000 race, besting some purpose-built race vehicles.
On the smarter aspect, the next-generation F-150 has several new features, with some exclusive to its segment. A 360-degree camera view, for example, helps the driver park the vehicle or maneuver in tight spots. Integrated loading ramps in the bed allow for easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles or lawn mowers. LED headlights, taillights and spotlights on the side-view mirror provide powerful lighting around the truck, while high-wattage power outlets inside the cab enable the charging of corded tools or mobile devices.
As for Ford calling the all-new F-150 a capable truck, this is mostly due to its second-row inflatable seatbelts, which Ford first debuted in the Explorer; curve control, which automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast; and lane-keeping system, which monitors the vehicle's position between the road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and the interior rear-view mirror.
Engine choices for the all-new F-150 range from the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8 to a 3.5-liter V6 and the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost equipped with auto start/stop.
According to Ford, the F-150 will go on sale "late this year."