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Predicting the 2009 Ford F-150
Ford is getting ready to trump all competition again, but not all goodies will be available at launch

By Igor Holas | 10.04.2007 | www.autosavant.net


The new F150 will borrow styling clues from the Super Chief Concept


When the current F-150 debuted in 2003, it seized the Truck of the Year award, and turned the full-size truck segment on its ear. With sophisticated looks, stylish interior, and competitive lineup of powertrains, the F-150 made everything else on the market look obsolete.

However, it is four years later, and all of the competitors have released their new trucks in the interim – all aiming to match or beat the F150. The truck is still the king of sales, but the age is showing; especially in the powertrains, where the Ford’s 300hp V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission cannot match the 400-some horsepower engines mated to six-speed transmissions offered by the competitors.

So, despite rising gas prices and a housing market collapse, it is the right time for Ford to release a new generation of the F-150. A lot has been written about the new truck, but unfortunately, the most prominent piece, written by Edmunds, was the one that had the most mistakes in it. So let me take this opportunity to present the full and correct outlook for the upcoming truck.
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Having owned a 5.4L FX4, I can say that more power will be nice. But the main problem was weight and only 4 gears. Assuming about 380ftlbs of torque that is channeled through a robust 6-speed...will make all the difference in the world. Why, becasue there is lots of torque to split. If it had 400HP and only 300ftlbs of torque, then the added gears would hardly be noticed. Yeah, better engines are coming, but I would not hesitate to own the 5.4L/6-speed combo. Besides, the truck and the coming features will easily make up for a few fllb deficit until more power arrives.
 

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How about an all-new Ranger? Any news about that? The F-150 is nice, but has gotten a little too large for me. I've been holding off on buying a pickup truck for a few years in hopes of an all-new Ranger, and not a refresh of the current one. :(
nothing official, but keep your eyes open next year at the Texas Fair ;) .. it is will have 50"F"s less than the F150 .. :D


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Interesting.....

If the "F-100" is going to be physically smaller (AND LIGHTER!) than the F-150, then I'll see a new Ford truck in my driveway in the near future. But, I hope the name "Ranger" stays, although I can see Ford trying to lump all F-series sales together to make the total sales look even better by calling it F-100 instead of Ranger. :rolleyes:
 
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