Ford Announces Changes for 2013 F-150

While Ford revamped the engine lineup for its F-150 in the 2011 model year, they focused on the truck’s hardware for 2012, including an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option for its more luxury-oriented trim levels as well as 36 gallon fuel tanks for EcoBoost-equipped trucks.  For 2013, the venerable F-150 is getting some styling and technology updates, before a complete redesign is expected to show up for the 2015 model year.  Continue reading for a slew of pictures, details and my impressions.

Starting at the front end, the grille gets a more Super Duty (Ford’s 3/4 and 1-ton pickup trucks) appearance.  Like it or not, it’s a trend not likely to stop, as GM and RAM both offer giant chrome grilles on their trucks.  Also new for the F-150 is optional HID headlamps – a great thing, since the stock headlamps are the only weakness I’ve found so far in my own truck.

Moving rearward, new 18 and 20-inch wheel options will be available, as are power-fold telescoping tow mirrors, the latter of which have been available on Ford’s Super Duty trucks for some time now.  Power-folding mirrors are a great boon, especially when parking in tight spaces or on busy city streets.

XLT Interior

For XLT model F-150s, SYNC is now standard, but the real news is MyFord Touch being offered for the first time.  Having learned from the issues reported when MyFord Touch was first launched a couple of years ago, Ford has smartly equipped the truck version of MFT with more physical controls, so gloved hands can still operate the most often-used functions easily.

Three new colors are available – Kodiak Brown Metallic, Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic, and my personal favorite, Blue Jeans Metallic.

Inside, FX trucks (FX2 and FX4, for two-wheel and four-wheel drive, respectively) get Alcantara-trimmed seats, adding to its sport-truck look and feel.  Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum both get new interior colors, Steel Gray for Lariat, Black for King Ranch, and Black for Platinum.

With these changes, Ford is hoping to keep the refreshed 2013 RAM 1500 at bay, and with the new technology and styling updates, just might do that.  They’ve already got competitive fuel economy numbers out of impressively-powered engines, so it’s really going to come down to a style battle.  GM is expected to release their all-new truck in 2013 as a 2014 model, so the Big Three are really into an all-out battle royal for top truck maker.

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by John Suit

Source: Ford

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