The Ford F-150 is the most dominant Ford F-Series truck and is also America’s favorite pickup truck. With over 27 million units sold so far, the F-Series trucks have been the top-selling pickup trucks in North America for over four decades. The F-150 truck was first introduced in 1975 with the 6th-generation of the F-Series trucks, and since then, its popularity has steadily grown thanks to its great resale value, its solid capability, its outstanding utility, and impressive durability. This truck has evolved through several generations and has grown in capability and functionality. It has taken on different body styles and configurations over the years, and various models have also been introduced to cater to the needs of truck buyers, e.g. high-performance models like the SVT Lighting and off-road-enhanced models like the FX4 Off-Road and the SVT Raptor. Today, the Ford F-150 is available in even up to six trim levels, in three body styles (regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), and with any of three cargo lengths.
When Ford introduced the F-150 truck in 1975, its intention was to slot in a half-ton pickup truck option between its lighter-duty F-100 pickup truck and its heavier-duty F-250 pickup truck. The F-100 pickup truck was discontinued in 1983, leaving the F-150 truck as the lightest-duty F-Series pickup truck offering. The F-150 was driven either by an inline-6 or a V8 gasoline engine, and it used a 3-speed manual transmission that was shifted via a steering column lever. However, this transmission setup was switched in 1986 for a 4-speed or 5-speed manual/automatic transmission with overdrive (depending on the truck’s configuration).
With the 10th-generation F-Series trucks (1997-2004), Ford changed its strategy because many Americans were buying pickup trucks more for personal use than for commercial use. Ford chose to split the F-Series trucks, rebranding the F-150 as a light-duty, contemporary truck and leaving the F-250 and F-350 trucks to continue serving as heavy-duty, fleet-ready trucks. It gave the F-150 truck a more streamlined body and an athletic stance and also fitted it with a new fully independent front suspension that improved handling and ride quality. This generation of the F-150 also saw the introduction of rear-hinged doors for the SuperCab (extended cab) models; four full-size doors were also introduced on the SuperCrew models. Under the hood, the 10th-generation F-150 featured either a V6 or V8 gas engine.
In 2004, the 11th-generation of the Ford F-Series trucks was introduced. The F-150 got an all-new platform with a recalibrated suspension system that reduced vibrations and improved ride quality. This generation also saw the revealing of the new FX4 Off-Road package model and the new, sporty STX model. The 12th-generation F-Series generation (2009–2014) provided sharper and more contemporary exterior styling for the Ford F-150. The F-150 of this generation also came with an electric power steering system that made it easier to maneuver the truck, and it also featured finer materials and the many desirable amenities. This generation’s selection of engines also grew more powerful; one of them was a 360-hp 5.0-liter Coyote dual-overhead-cam V8 engine.
The 13th-generation F-Series trucks (2015 to present) ushered in a further improved Ford F-150 truck with a lighter yet stronger body and chassis. This was thanks to a higher concentration of high-strength steel and also thanks to incorporating aluminum panels in its bodywork. This generation of the F-150 is also the most advanced one yet, with safety technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and many more.
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