Ford F-Series (thirteenth generation)

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Thirteenth generation Ford F-150
2017 Ford F-150 front 5.19.18.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Lobo (Mexico)
Production Nov 11, 2014–present[1] (Dearborn)
Model years 2015–present
Assembly
Designer
  • Gordon Platto (chief designer)
  • Brad Richards (lead exterior: 2011)[2]
  • Jon Fontaine (Sport appearance grille: 2012)[3][4]
  • Ryan Niemiec (lead interior: 2011)[5]
    Thomas Marminc (interior: 2011)[6]
  • Aileen Barazza (interior color & materials)[7]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style
Layout
Related Ford Atlas Concept Ford Super Duty
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
10 speed automatic (2017 F-150 Raptor/2018 engines)
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 122.4 in (3,109.0 mm) (Regular cab 6.5' box)
  • 141.4 in (3,591.6 mm) (Regular cab 8' box)
  • 145.0 in (3,683 mm) (SuperCab 6.5' box/SuperCrew 5.5' box)
  • 156.8 in (3,983 mm) (SuperCrew 6.5' box)
  • 163.7 in (4,158 mm) (SuperCab 8' box)
Length
  • 209.3 in (5,316.2 mm) (Regular cab 6.5' box)
  • 227.9 in (5,788.7 mm) (Regular cab 8' box)
  • 231.9 in (5,890 mm) (SuperCab 6.5' box/SuperCrew 5.5' box)
  • 243.7 in (6,190 mm) (SuperCrew 6.5' box)
  • 250.5 in (6,363 mm) (SuperCab 8' box)
Width 79.9 in (2,029 mm)
Height 75.2–76.9 in (1,910–1,953 mm)[8]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford F-Series twelfth generation (MY 2009–2014)
Lincoln Mark LT (2nd gen (Mexico)

The thirteenth-generation Ford F-Series was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on January 13, 2014.[9] Based on an all-new platform, the 2015 Ford F-150 marked the adoption of aluminum body construction for the F-Series.

Using an exterior design previewed by the 2013 Ford Atlas concept vehicle, the 2015 F-150 introduced a number of driver assistance and safety technologies to the vehicle, including a 360-degree camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane-Keeping System.

For the 2017 model year, the Ford Super Duty truck line was completely redesigned for the first time. For the first time since the 1999 model year, all models of the F-Series from the F-150 through the F-550 utilized a common cab design, though the Super Duty utilizes its own front bodywork and unique bed, as well as two separate platforms (depending on GVWR).

Design overview[edit]

Ford F-Series Crew Cab (China)

Although not the first vehicle developed by Ford with an aluminum body (in 1993, the company developed aluminum Mercury Sable prototypes, reducing nearly 400 pounds of curb weight[10]), it was the first full-production vehicle built of aluminum from the company; the change also included the best-selling vehicle in North America. As of 2016, 85% of the F-150 is made in USA.[11][12]

Chassis[edit]

While nearly all body panels of the F-150 were converted from steel to aluminum construction (the only significant sheetmetal component constructed of steel is the firewall[13][14]), the frame remained of steel construction, the use of high-strength steel in the frame was increased from 23% to 77%.[13] To showcase the durability of the aluminum-intensive design, Ford entered prototypes of the model disguised as 12th generation F150s in the Baja 1000.[15]

In an effort to offer a wider range of fuel-efficient engines for the F-150, a 3.5L version of the Ti-VCT V6 replaced the 3.7L version as the entry-level engine.[16] In place of the 3.7L V6, an all-new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 made its debut, with the 3.5L EcoBoost continuing.[16] With the 6.2L V8 again exclusive to the Super Duty line, the 5.0L V8 was retuned for additional horsepower and torque output. As with its predecessor, no manual transmission is available, with a 6-speed automatic paired with all drivelines.

Starting in 2017, a new 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission will be mated with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

Starting in 2018, the 2.7L EcoBoost, 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L Coyote V8 will all be mated with the 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission.

Engines[edit]

Engine Years Power Torque VIN 8th Digit Transmission
3.3 L Cyclone V6 2018–present 290 hp (220 kW) @ 6500 rpm 265 lb⋅ft (359 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm 8 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
3.5 L Cyclone V6 2015–2017 282 hp (210 kW) @ 6500 rpm 253 lb⋅ft (343 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm 8 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80[17]
2.7 L EcoBoost V6 2015–2017 325 hp (242 kW) @ 5750 rpm 375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) @ 3000 rpm P 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2018–present 325 hp (242 kW) @ 5000 rpm 400 lb⋅ft (540 N⋅m) @ 2750 rpm P 10-speed 10R80 SelectShift automatic
3.5 L EcoBoost V6 2015–2016 365 hp (272 kW) @ 5000 rpm 420 lb⋅ft (570 N⋅m) @ 2500 rpm G 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2017–present 375 hp (280 kW) @ 5000 rpm 470 lb⋅ft (640 N⋅m) @ 3500 rpm G 10-speed 10R80 automatic
2017–present 450 hp (340 kW) @ 5000 rpm 510 lb⋅ft (690 N⋅m) @ 3500 rpm G
5.0 L Coyote V8 2015–2017 385 hp (287 kW) @ 5750 rpm 387 lb⋅ft (525 N⋅m) @ 3850 rpm F 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2018–present 395 hp (295 kW) @ 5750 rpm 400 lb⋅ft (540 N⋅m) @ 4500 rpm F 10-speed 10R80 automatic
3.0 L PowerStroke Turbo-diesel V6 2018–present 250 hp (190 kW) @ 3250 rpm 440 lb⋅ft (600 N⋅m) @ 1750 rpm 1 10 speed automatic

Body[edit]

The 2015 Ford F-150 makes a number of design departures from previous F-Series trucks. In a major redesign of the headlights, the rectangular headlight units were replaced with C-shaped units bracketing a trapezoidal grille. The LED headlights were originally planned to use glass for the optics to focus the beam, but it could not achieve the needed clarity, so Ford designers instead used polycarbonate thermoplastic.[18] Each lamp uses one LED for the high beam, a second one for the low beam and one for the orange thermoplastic light pipe. The two beams, along with the light pipe, are then housed within one module.[18]

On the tailgate, the area between the taillamps became partially recessed (as on 1980s versions), with the option of chrome trim. The taillamp assembly also houses the blind spot monitor; these systems were not typically included on pickup trucks because the system could not be packaged inside steel bumpers typically found on pickup trucks.[18]

Trim[edit]

As part of the redesign, several changes were made to the trim lineup for the Ford F-Series. In an effort to consolidate models, the STX and FX2/FX4 trims were discontinued; the Tremor and Harley-Davidson special editions were not included in the redesign either. To make up for the loss of the previous trims, the features of the STX became a stand-alone option package, as did the FX4.[19] To complete engineering work on the model, the SVT Raptor submodel went out of production, returning for the 2017 model year.

The thirteenth-generation F-Series follows traditional Ford truck nomenclature with XL, XLT, and Lariat trims, joined with King Ranch and Platinum trims (shared with the Super Duty line). For 2016, the Limited trim level was revived (slotted above the Platinum trim).

  • XL (2015– )
  • XLT (2015– )
  • Lariat (2015– )
  • King Ranch (2015– )
  • Platinum (2015– )
  • Limited (2016- )
  • Raptor (2017- )

F-150 Raptor[edit]

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Following a two-year hiatus, the F-150 Raptor sub-model made its return for the 2017 model year, with the loss of its previous SVT prefix. As with its predecessor, the 2017 Raptor is an offroad-oriented vehicle produced in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with a model-exclusive 5.5' pickup bed. The model continues its lack of a Ford Blue Oval grille badge, with "F-O-R-D" spelled across the center of the grille.

As with a standard Ford F-150, the Raptor is an aluminum-intensive vehicle; though built upon a steel frame, nearly all its body panels are built using aluminum (reducing curb weight by nearly 500 pounds over an equivalent 2014 SVT Raptor). In place of the 411 hp 6.2L V8, the new Raptor features a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 paired with an industry-first 10-speed automatic transmission. The new engine improves the horsepower by 39 horsepower to 450, and increases the torque substantially from the old engine to 510 ft-lbs of torque.

To improve its off-road ability over a standard F-150, the Raptor is fitted with a torque-on-demand transfer case, 13" travel front and 13.9" travel rear Fox Racing suspension, and all-terrain 35" tires and wheels.

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Facelift[edit]

2018 Facelift

For 2018, the Ford F-150 receives a mid-cycle restyling. The new F-150 receives exterior styling cues from its larger sibling, the Ford Super Duty, including a single-bar front grille to replace the previous triple-bar unit. The rear tailgate is embossed with the 'F-150' logo, replacing the previous 'F-150' emblem on the old tailgate. The rear tail lamps are also slightly restyled. As per 2018 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, all 2018 F-150 models receive a standard rear-view backup camera.[21]

There are two new engines for 2018. The first new engine is the 290 hp (220 kW), 3.3L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit to replace the existing 3.5L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit. The other engine option is a new 3.0L Powerstroke V6 turbodiesel engine that is set to debut in mid-2018. The 325 hp (242 kW) 2.7L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged gasoline V6, the 385 hp (287 kW) 3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged gasoline V6, and the 390 hp (290 kW) 5.0L "Coyote" naturally-aspirated and FlexFuel-capable V8 gasoline engine all remain, as does the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged gasoline V6 in the Raptor model, though all engines aside from the base 3.3L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit are now paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission (the base engine is still mated to a six-speed unit).[22]

On the interior, the 2018 F-150 sees little change from the 2015–2017 interior, though SYNC Connect, which includes a five-year trial subscription, and provides remote access to the vehicle, service information, and other vehicle-related information, is available on select models for the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Also, the B&O PLAY premium audio system, manufactured by Bang & Olufsen, replaces the old Sony premium audio system option on higher trim levels. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also becomes standard on XLT and above models.[23]

Trim levels for 2018 are unchanged from 2017: XL, XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited remain available, as do three cab configurations (two-door, two to three-passenger Regular Cab, four-door, five to six-passenger Super Cab, and four-door, five to six-passenger SuperCrew Cab, and three different bed lengths dependent upon trim level and cab configuration (5.5, 6.5, or 8 ft [1.7, 2.0, or 2.4 m]). All models are available with two-wheel-drive (4X2) or four-wheel-drive (4X4), aside from the Raptor, which is exclusively available with four-wheel-drive (4X4). Some new appearance packages become available for 2018, mainly on the lower trim levels.[24]

In mid-2018, the new 3.0L Powerstroke Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine became available for the F-150, producing 250 hp (190 kW) and 440 lb⋅ft (600 N⋅m) of torque. Noncommercial buyers will be able to order the Powerstroke engine on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims of the F-150, while commercial and fleet buyers will be able to also choose from XL and XLT trims. Buyers of these lower trim levels must have a Fleet Identification Number, or FIN, which is assigned by Ford, in order to order a Powerstroke-equipped F-150.

Ford has announced that, for 2019, the top-of-the-line F-150 Limited trim will offer the same 3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 gasoline engine producing 450 hp (340 kW) and 510 lb⋅ft (690 N⋅m) of torque, and 10R80 10-Speed Automatic transmission as the off-road-ready F-150 SVT Raptor. This power upgrade adds 75 hp (56 kW) and 25 lb⋅ft (34 N⋅m) of torque to the F-150 Limited. [25]

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