The full-size Ford F-150 pickup truck is a truly iconic car for America, where for over 30 years it has been an absolute bestseller on the market. And in January 2014, the North American auto show hosted the official show of the next, thirteenth, generation of this “truck”, which surpassed its predecessor in all aspects, receiving brutal appearance, progressive technology, powerful gasoline engines and rich equipment that was not ranked. In the summer of 2016, the Americans “upgraded” their offspring, separating him with a new engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The exterior of the new Ford F-150 is indeed quite distinctive, easily recognizable and original. It is based on the Atlas concept car shown a year ago, from which the novelty got an impressive part of the exterior decoration elements.
The thirteenth generation of the Ford F-150 has become noticeably brutal, more serious, more massive and more aggressive than its predecessor. At the same time, the contours of the body are well thought out, all the elements logically complement each other, and the original lighting equipment and a stylish radiator grille give the new pickup a special highlight. Not without technical innovations that had previously bypassed the Ford F-150. The radiator grill is now equipped with an advanced system of aerodynamic shutters that close at high speed, which allows to reduce resistance to oncoming air flows and thereby reduce fuel consumption. Well, in the rear of the body appeared a technological board that facilitates the loading of goods, a new generation towing device, as well as loading ramps integrated into the body structure.
The American full-size pickup truck is available in three cab versions: single “Regular Cab”, one and a half “SuperCab” and double “SuperCrew”. Depending on the modification, the length of the car varies from 5316 to 5890 mm, and the wheelbase is 3109 or 3683 mm. Its width and height are 2030 mm and 1917 mm, respectively, and the ground clearance does not exceed 224 mm.
Inside the Ford F-150 of the thirteenth generation has changed no less than the appearance of the pickup. In addition to new finishing materials, he “flaunts” an updated front panel with a huge display on the instrument panel, futuristic contours and advanced ergonomics, guaranteeing ease of control even for a novice who bought such a powerful pickup truck for the first time. The interior is made in the spirit of the exterior of the pickup truck, continuing its massive contours with an abundance of faces, thereby further emphasizing the serious mood and severe nature of the novelty.
The cabin of the “truck” in the front is equipped with comfortable seats with a “relaxed” profile and large ranges for adjustments. But the organization of the rear seats is directly influenced by the type of cab: either they don’t exist at all, or they are represented by a double “bench” in the version of “SuperCab” or a full-fledged sofa in “SuperCrew”.
Four petrol engines and exclusively automatic transmissions are provided for the Ford F-150 of the thirteenth incarnation (each of them has a standard rear-wheel drive, and optionally an automatically-connected four-wheel drive with a two-stage “transfer case”).
The basic version is an atmospheric 3.5-liter “six” Cyclone with a V-shaped layout, 24-valve timing and direct injection, developing 287 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 346 Nm of peak torque at 4250 rpm and combined with a 6-speed “Automatic”.
A step above is the “aspirated” V6, belonging to the EcoBoost family, with direct power technology, variable valve timing and a 24-valve timing, the output of which totals 329 “horses” at 5750 rpm and 508 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm.
With him, in tandem, an automatic transmission is installed on six ranges. Further up the hierarchy is the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine with direct gasoline supply to the combustion chamber, phase inlet and outlet phase shifters and a 16-valve timing, producing 385 mares at 5750 rpm and 525 Nm of available potential at 3850 rpm. The gearbox assigned to him is the same as the previous motors.
The top of the power palette is “occupied” by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-shaped six-cylinder unit with two turbochargers, combined power supply (“duet” of distributed and direct injection) and a start / stop system, which has 380 “horses” and 637 Nm of rotating moment. The power flow is transmitted to the wheels by means of a 10-speed “automatic” (the last three gears are upshifts).
The 13th-generation Ford F-150 pickup truck is based on a ladder-type frame (with eight crossbars welded into the side members), consisting of 78% high-strength steel grades, and its body is completely made of aluminum. The front suspension of the car rests on the A-shaped levers, and a dependent design is suspended on the rear springs.
By default, a full-size “truck” is equipped with a rack and pinion steering gear and an electric power steering. Ventilated discs of all wheels, supplemented by a set of modern electronics, are responsible for braking on the “American”.
Options and prices. In the USA, the “thirteenth” Ford F-150 is offered in the “XL”, “XLT”, “Lariat”, “King Ranch”, “Platinum” and “Limited” trim levels at a price of $ 26,540 (the car of the 2017 model year will go on sale in the fall of 2016). At the base, the pickup is equipped with air conditioning, front and side airbags, ABS, ESP, a full-time audio system, multi-function steering wheel, power windows, fog lights and other options.