Ford Unveils New F-150: Integrated Power Generator, Hybrid Torque, and More
Ford Motor Co. just released the full specs for its newest F-150 in a Thursday media briefing, and it's a tour de force of customization and innovation over previous models.
There's much to cover, but the biggest news comes first: The new Ford F-150 will feature its first-ever fully-integrated Pro Power generator, which can supply 3 to 7.2 kilowatts of power, depending on the engine and size.
The new pickup truck will be available this fall.
New Ford F-150 raises the bar for truck drivers
While people living in the U.S. begin to return to work, Ford has debuted its new Ford F-150 — which it tags as "the toughest, most productive F-150 ever and targeted to be the most powerful light-duty full-size pickup truck on the market," according to an early press release shared with Interesting Engineering.
"F-150 is our flagship, it's 100 percent assembled in America, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard to make sure our customers can get the job done and continue to make a difference in their communities," according to the embargoed release.
However, the 0-100-kilometer-per-hour (0-60-miles-per-hour) acceleration time is to be determined.
Trucks with integrated power generators
The new Ford F-150's integrated Pro Power Onboard generator can produce an impressive 7.2 kW of power, with a 2.4 kW model standard on the F-150 hybrid. This means truck drivers can leave their generator at home — freeing up serious cargo space. In fact, the Pro Power generator can provide enough energy for 28 average refrigerators, charge a full load of electric dirt bikes, or even run an entire job site worth of tools.
Each generator features four 120-Volt, 20-Amp outlets, with one NEMA L14-30R 240-Volt 30-Amp. The integrated power generator is available at three levels of electrical output, which depends on the engine of choice.
Frame and exterior design updates
The F-150 uses a fully-boxed high-strength steel frame, covered in a high-strength, military-grade, and aluminum alloy body. A lot has been updated, including the headlamp design (which are LED, along with the taillamps), a new power dome hood, and wrap-around bumpers. The tires have a larger diameter and are pulled out roughly 2 centimeters (three-quarters of an inch) to give the vehicle a more stable stance on- and off-road.
There are an overwhelming 11 grille options, each customized for the overall design. The F-150 also has active grille shutters that provide a more aerodynamic body by automatically deploying active air dams.
New F-150, new interior design
Inside the vehicle, a 30.4-centimeter (12-inch) center screen — standard on XLT high series and higher — gives customers split-screen control for disparate functions, including music, navigation, or truck features. Additionally, a 20.32-centimeter (8-inch) touch screen — standard on XL and XLT standard and mid-series trucks — will allow customers to digitally control rearview camera vision.
The vehicle uses Sync 4 digital interface — doubling the last iteration's computing power — which auto-updates and comes standard with every purchase, at no extra charge. The owner's manual is all-digital, and includes automatic updates and instructional videos.
Notably, larger updates will require downtime, but like any other computer, these can be scheduled to fit owners' schedules.
F-150 Hybrid to compete with evolving fuel demands
The new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V6 was built for high torque and horsepower for both light-duty and full-size pickup. It comes for every trim level from F-150 XL to Limited, which adds instant electric torque to Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
However, it's interesting to note the absence of all-electric F-150s that made headlines last year.
The new pickup truck has an EPA-estimated range of roughly 1,126 kilometers (700 miles) on a single tank of gas, and will deliver roughly 5,443 kilograms (12,000 pounds) of maximum towing — the average weight of 43 NFL linemen.
Drive assist, park assist, autopilot
The vehicle will offer driver-assist as part of Ford Co-Pilot 2.0. More of its features come standard on the XL, like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection. A rearview camera that can assist with hitch connection is also included.
With 10 new driver-assist features, F-150 is the only pickup to offer Active Drive Assist — which lets drivers ride hands-free for more than 160,934 kilometers (100,000 miles) of divided highways in 50 states and Canada.
Notably, the driver-facing camera tracks head position and driver eye gaze to enable hands-free driving when on thoroughly mapped and integrated roads. The camera will monitor driver behavior, and give a warning if their attention drifts away from the road. If enough time goes by, the vehicle may even slow down automatically.
The F-150 also comes with Intersection Assist, which detects oncoming traffic when drivers are making a left turn. If a collision from an oncoming vehicle is imminent, the truck will brake to avoid or lower the damage of the impact. It also comes with an Active Park Assist 2.0, which automatically steers, shifts, brakes, and accelerates during parallel or perpendicular parking maneuvers with the ease of pressing a button.
The automaker industry took a serious hit amid the coronavirus crisis, and while some parts of the country reopen, Ford's F-150 offers what many truck drivers want — whether they use it for work, family, or recreation. However, the absence of an all-electric model is worth noting.