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Ford determined to keep F-150 ahead of the pack.
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June 4, 2012
By: Nick Saporito


Just as Chrysler introduces substantially updated Ram trucks for the 2013 model year, Ford has decided to tweak its F-150 for 2013 as well. The enhancements bring the F-150 to its third refresh or redesign in the last five years, a staggering amount of updates for the truck segment. The updates are mild, but still enough to keep the F-150 at the front of pack in a fiercely competitive segment.

As spy shots of the F-150 suggested earlier this year, certain trim levels of the truck are receiving new grille designs for 2013. Specifically the XLT and Lariat models are both going with revised noses. The new XLT grille pays homage to the larger F-Series Super Duty with a scaled down version of its grille design, while Lariat models go with a new three-bar grille design. Ford has also announced the return of the Limited trim level to the F-150 roster.

The biggest news on the exterior front is the addition of a new headlamp design. F-150 is becoming one of the few half-ton trucks to offer high intensity discharge headlamps, which are going to be optional on Lariat and standard on the high-end Platinum, Limited and King Ranch guise. The HID headlamps have an entirely new bezel design, including a projector beam lens. Collectively, the new lamps look very similar to the ones on the 2013 Ford Flex, which is not a bad thing.

Inside, the 2013 F-150 is benefiting from other new Ford models as well. The center stack design in all trim levels has been updated with new switchgear and new technology, including the addition of MyFord Touch. On lower trim levels the center stack will feature a 4.2-inch LCD display for audio and Ford SYNC information, while high end trims double the screen real estate to 8-inches and feature the full-blown MyFord Touch system. Specifically MyFord Touch will be standard on Lariat, Platinum, Limited and King Ranch. MyFord Touch will also include two USB ports, an SD card slow and A/V jacks; all the norm with Ford’s flagship infotainment system.

Keeping truck buyers in mind, Ford states that the MyFord Touch variant in the F-150 will be friendly with those wearing work gloves.

Rounding out the 2013 F-150 changes are the typical model year alterations. Each trim level is getting revised wheel and color options, including new Alcantara seat inserts with the sport FX appearance package. No powertrain changes to the truck are taking place, which is no surprise considering the F-150 received an entirely new engine lineup in 2011.

Ford revealed the 2013 F-150 today in Texas in conjunction with the agricultural group Future Farmers of America (FFA). Ford has been a sponsor of FFA since 1948, specifically with Built Ford Tough scholarships. Expect to see the tweaked 2013 F-150 at Ford dealers later this fall.


Press Release said:
BRUCEVILLE, Texas, June 4, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today celebrates introduction of the new 2013 Ford F-150 – part of the best-selling line of pickups in America – with the agricultural professionals and leaders of tomorrow.

“Like our hardworking customers, Ford is committed to getting the job done right with our industry-leading trucks,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “The 2013 F-150 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving our trucks with new features and capabilities, allowing F-Series owners to be increasingly productive.”

For 2013, the Ford F-150 receives new front-end design and advanced technologies such as MyFord Touch® with voice-activated driver controls and available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

“Farm families have always represented an important F-Series truck constituency,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager and FFA sponsor board member. “For these multitasking customers, a Ford pickup means family transportation, economic livelihood, rugged capability and reliability. Like FFA, Ford pickups are an enduring agricultural tradition, and we are delighted to join forces with them to reveal the new F-150 models.”

America’s pickup
For 2013, the most fuel-efficient and capable light-duty pickup on the market continues to push forward with updated design and advanced technologies. F-150 also adds even more breadth to its expansive lineup with a new Limited luxury model and availability of the groundbreaking EcoBoost® engine, powerful 6.2-liter V8, electronic-locking rear axle and Hill Descent Control™.

Outside, the F-150 lineup gets bold new grilles combining fresh designs with instantly recognizable F-Series cues highlighted on the XLT model revealed today.

New HID projector headlamps are available as a segment-first technology to deliver improved visibility and increase driver confidence.
HID technology provides exceptional lighting performance while contributing a distinctive look with stylish L-shaped lamps.

F-150 style also is enhanced with new 18- and 20-inch wheels offered in various trim packages.

Segment-exclusive power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirrors add flexibility and convenience when operating in tight quarters, while enabling class-leading visibility.

F-150 pickups are available in three new hues including Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Truck-focused technology

The 2013 Ford F-150 adds Ford’s award-winning SYNC® voice-activated communications and entertainment system with 911 Assist® and Vehicle Health Report as standard equipment in XLT series and above. This enables hands-free, voice-activated control of enabled mobile devices.

Buyers may choose from an optional suite of SYNC Services, including Traffic Information, Turn-by-Turn Directions, Business Search, Send to SYNC from Google Maps and MapQuest, News, Sports, Weather and Horoscopes.

F-150 also introduces SYNC paired with a new 4.2-inch LCD 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, fuel economy and towing/off-road applications.

Lariat, King Ranch®, Platinum and Limited series models are equipped with SYNC with MyFord Touch, adding voice control to more vehicle systems coupled with an all-new, large 8-inch LCD color touch screen mounted in the center stack. This package adds a media hub with two USB ports, an SD card reader and audio/video input jacks.

Ford’s unique truck interface allows drivers to tailor their vehicle to their specific needs, such as wearing work gloves.

This premium system can be augmented with an available voice-activated Navigation System, SD map-card reader, point-of-interest storage and integrated SiriusXM Travel Link.

Interior design
The 2013 F-150 offers a range of interior updates. The new 4.2-inch multifunction display and MyFord Touch interfaces gave designers the opportunity to deliver a more modern center stack and control layout. Several new environment colors include a Steel Gray interior on Lariat and a Black interior for King Ranch. Both of these series receive upgraded wood grain appliqués to enhance premium style.

The aggressive FX Appearance Package now adds Alcantara seat inserts that amplify its sporty persona.

The Platinum series – synonymous with high-end trucks – offers new choices of Black or Pecan leather seating.

F-150 continues to offer a wide array of models and packages, allowing buyers to tailor their Ford pickup to their individual needs and preferences.

Fuel-efficient capability
From the powerful yet fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine to the mighty 6.2-liter V8, the most powerful eight-cylinder engine in the segment, F-150 offers an engine to meet the needs of every customer. Each engine across the F-150 lineup is mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, with tow packages and STX series and above adding SelectShift® capability.

F-150 engine choices include:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6

  • Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
  • Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8

  • Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
  • Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
  • Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm
  • 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine

  • 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
  • Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 3,120 pounds payload vs. all competitors
  • Unsurpassed 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway vs. all competitors


“The 2013 Ford F-150 adds more style and technology that sets a benchmark for capability and efficiency in light-duty pickups,” said F-150 Marketing Manager Raj 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.”

FFA and Ford – making a difference

Future Farmers of America is a dynamic youth leadership development organization that changes lives by empowering its 540,000 members to set a course for the future. FFA operates within the context of agricultural education to complement classroom and laboratory instruction with hands-on experiential learning, useful life skills and individual motivation.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Ford’s FFA alliance gets a boost from supporting Ford dealerships serving agricultural markets.
For the 2011-12 academic year, the Built Ford Tough® Scholarship Program and 285 participating Ford dealers awarded a total of 540 individual $1,000 grants for post-secondary education.

Now in its 15th year, the Built Ford Tough Scholarship Program, the Ford Fund, and participating Ford dealers have awarded $7.1 million in grants. Built Ford Tough Trucks also sponsors the affiliated National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Awards and an FFA chapter grant program. In 2011, six winning chapters were each awarded a $3,000 grant to support local initiatives.

Ford has sponsored FFA since 1948, the same year Ford F-Series pickups first went on sale.
 

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Nice to see they added projectors for the platnum model. Looks good!
I like the new interior upgrade to allow MFT
 

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Just when I thought the Ram 1500 was going to leapfrog over all other trucks, Ford leaps right back next to them. However, Ram still will offer LED brake lights. Ford uses LED brake/tail lights on most of their cars & crossovers. How could they forget the F150?
 

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To me the biggest addition here is the new HID headlamps. It's a small change, but has a big effect on making the truck look more techy.
 

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To me the biggest addition here is the new HID headlamps. It's a small change, but has a big effect on making the truck look more techy.
I can't remember if the 2013 headlight upgrade is just to projector housings or also with HID. I love HIDs, but also LEDs. They are both better than their incandescent counterparts. Just seems to me like Ford forgot about the LED tail lights here.
 

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I think they should have made the top of the grill even with the top of the headlights. It would tone it down a lot. To me, it looks tacked on, like those fake rolls royce grills people used to put on cars. I still like the trucks. But I wish for a more traditional ford grill.
 

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The person that designed that grille should be turned looses on the Focus and Escape....now that he's in the in the process of fixing that grille on the Fiesta.
 

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I would like to recant that statement. I must have not been feeling well. After seeing that chinese fake F150, I realized the real Ford looks better. Besides, they offer the body color grills as well. But I actualy like these pics now. I flip flopped. I voted against it before I voted for it. LOL!
 

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I would like to recant that statement. I must have not been feeling well. After seeing that chinese fake F150, I realized the real Ford looks better. Besides, they offer the body color grills as well. But I actualy like these pics now. I flip flopped. I voted against it before I voted for it. LOL!
guess I caught what you had, Torino
cuz
I'd love to see one with NO chrome frame around the grille
 

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Ford is on a major roll can't wait to see the tests for the new Focus ST to see if the blue oval can keep up the pace
 
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