Ford Gives F-150s More Range, Content

Putc-fordfx03

By Mark Williams

Ford revealed a few surprises at the 2011 State Fair of Texas by showing a newly outfitted 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor, a longer range for the four-whee-drive EcoBoost F-150 and a more stylish and contented FX.

We’ve already discussed the changes to the 2012 SVT Raptor, so we’ll focus more on the remaining upgrades Ford made to select models in the F-150 lineup. A new FX appearance package is available on both FX4 (four-wheel drive) and FX2 (two-wheel drive) trucks. The look is set off with black and red fender and tailgate badges, and a red-stitched steering wheel inside.

The FX’s interior features black leather with red perforations and red piping. Interior accents include black-painted dash pieces, brushed-metal surfaces and satin shifter knob, door handles and air-conditioning vent bezels.

Outside, FX models get a new 20-inch, six-spoke wheel with flat black shadow paint. Bodyside decals are matte black with a read-through (almost see-through) dimension for a distinctive look. Other details include a chrome exhaust tip, black-finished grille and blacked-out headlamps and taillamps.

Upgrades to the four-wheel-drive system on 2012 F-150s include replacing last year’s electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case with a two-speed automatic 4x4 system for Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. The new system still offers four-high and four-low modes, but it now also offers a full-time all-wheel-drive auto mode. At any time, if the truck senses a loss of traction at the rear wheels, it immediately transfers torque to the front wheels.

Ford will offer hill start assist to help keep the truck from rolling backward at a stop, making it easier and safer to pull away when stopped on a slope or hill, especially when towing. With the brake pedal pressed, if sensors detect the vehicle is on a slope, the system is automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the braking system and the truck remains stationary on the slope for up to 2 seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal, or until it senses the throttle is pressed.

Also, the addition of a Neutral position in the four-wheel-drive gear selector means customers now can flat-tow the F-150, making the truck even more versatile. An available electronically locking rear axle replaces most of the limited-slip offerings on the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. It is now available in a range of axle ratios and is even offered on two-wheel-drive models.

Other updates include now offering an F-150 SuperCab with a 163-inch wheelbase option on XL and XLT; a heavy-duty payload F-150 crew cab with a 157-inch-wheelbase option on XL, XLT and Lariat; and the electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is now standard on XL to FX4 trim levels. (The new four-wheel-drive system will be an option.)

Finally, Ford said a 36-gallon fuel tank will be standard on all four-wheel-drive EcoBoost F-150s, giving that configuration more than 750 miles of driving range. The larger tank allows the F-150 V-6 to go farther on a tank of fuel than any of the competitors, no matter what the engine or drivetrain configuration. 

More pictures from the 2011 State Fair of Texas are below.

Putc-fordfx01

Putc-fordfx02


Putc-fordfx04


Putc-fordfx05

Putc-fordfxint05

Putc-fordfxint02

Putc-fordfxint03

Putc-fordfx06

 

12ford01

Comments

This is all good news!

Ford and Ram are on a roll with all of their news releases.

Are the Sierra or Silverado being represented at this years show? Just wondering where the news is?

great, the tank size is what a lot of people were complaining about

A rear locker available on 2wd models! That meets the needs of some people who tow boats and have trouble on slippery ramps but don't quite need 4wd. All good things coming down the line

DAMNIT! I would have bought an ecoboost if it had the 36 gallon tank, but the family grew by +1 and I couldn't wait for the 2012's. Still love my 5.0L, oh well. kudos to ford for making the switch, 26 gallons towing isn't enough range, the extra ten gallons seriously can make a big difference.

Those are far more changes and ADDED content than I expected. I hope the other manufacturers are doing the same and not decontenting (as is so often done as models age).

Ford delivers!!!

Please post a pic of the new Lariat woodgrain.

Also a pic of the Lariat on 7 lug wheels.

Great news on two items that many will love. The extend range fuel tank and a neutral setting so you can four wheel tow now

I have to give Ford props for the tank issue because I love my 5.7L Tundra but Toyota knows that with 14/18 or 13/17 mpg we need a 36 gallon tank more than anyone and they never gave it to us so once again congrats Ford.

How about showing us the new Ranger replacement you boneheads , you sell more Rangers than Mustangs from what I hear and you are killing the Ranger , not everybody wants your gigantor F150 trucks and dont give me the world Ranger is 90% the size of an F150 crap !!

Nice to see a manufacturer listen to what customers were asking for!

Great news. Wish I could afford one of these things...

All welcome changes. Good job at listening to the consumer and making the needed changes!

It seems like Ford monitors the websites more than other brands, and is really delivery when it comes to customer wants/needs. No one can deliver it all or be the best at everything, but the changes are surprising to me. I thought we would see little to no changes in 2012. Way to go Ford!

COPY, COPY, COPY, COPY CAT FORD! Every single one of these supposedly New innovations by ford are already on the GM trucks. What did ford copy you ask? Well, autotrac for one, GM'S trucks have had this feature for years! In auto 4wdr when rear rear slippage occurs, torque is automatically transferred to the front wheels. Now, although GM'S automatic locking differential is (automatic) ford now offers a electronic locking differential.

Let's see what else ford COPIED from GM. Well how about Tow Haul mode, Hydroformed frame rails, 36 gallon fuel tank. GM has that 36 gallon fuel tank standard on their HD models regardless of cab configuration. GM has had the neutral feature on all their 4 wheel drive models equipped with Auto Trac and of course can be flat towed. Again, ford COPIED THAT IDEA FROM GM.

Now, I want to say that ford makes a very nice half ton truck that is probably the industry leader right now with their ALL NEW POWERTRAINS. I just want to remind all the ford minions here, that most of these innovations that ford is putting on their trucks were already on GM'S trucks.

By the way for you uneducated people, the first American vehicle to EVER have hydroformed frame rails was none other than GM'S Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette was also the first American vehicle to ever have Disc Brakes and anti lock brakes and a serpentine accessory drive belt.

Oh and the first American car to ever have a FACTORY REMOTE START was none other than the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu was Motor Trends Car of the year that year. So Yes, ford makes a very nice truck but I wanted to tell you that many of the so called New features on the F-150 are already found on GM'S trucks. Don't believe me, go check it out for yourself.

Great news. The larger fuel tank for the EB is great. I wouldn't of remotely considered an EB truck with the small fuel tank.
The auto transfer case sounds good. I know guys with that feature in their Chevy's and they love it.
Funny, i hadn't even paid attention to the fact that my truck didn't have a neutral setting on the T-case. I don't plan on towing it. Thats why I bought a Ford. LOL ( I'll get flamed for that remark.)

I don't like the thought of more 20" rims being offered as standard. Try pricing out 17", 18", and 20" rims or tires. I was looking at winter tires last year and I could get decent winters on 17' rims almost as cheep as similar 20's . You don't have the same sellection of tires as you move up in size.

@Bob - what is that old saying "Practice makes perfect".

GM "practices",

and Ford "perfects".

You did forget to point out - Ford came up with the man step all by themself. What an amazing accomplishment.

My Ford is better than you're Chevy...Na! Nana! Na! Nana! Na! :P

Ford has always been better than Chevy!

Alright, I've always been for GM products since I've started driving. But since '09 Rams came out, I've been more open to trying other brands.

What I don't get is how to get Eco-boost on lower level trucks, you have to have an 8 ft bed? No matter if it's regular cab or supercab. (I didn't really explore the crewcab options) But as soon as you get to the FX2, a Supercab can have an Ecoboost with a 6 1/2 ft bed.

You can get an XLT with EcoBoost in all bed sizes: 5.5, 6.5 or 8.

@Michigan Bob - we're talking about F-150 here, HALF TON TRUCKS. Chevy doesn't have anything other than 26 gallon tanks on their crew cab half tons, Ford has 36 gallon tanks. Ford offers 6.5' bed on the crew cab half ton, chevy doesn't. so even if ford is 'copying' things other manufacturers did, they are doing it better, because they are actually DELIVERING these improvements to their customers. you talk about chevy's "upcoming" trucks, but Ford is delivering NOW.

Electric shift 4x4 standard? Can you still opt for the lever? Call me crazy but I trust a lever more than an electric motor. And for everyone who says they've never had a problem with ESOF, I know 4 people who have had nothing but problems.

That had my attention too. Was a manual transfer case shifter actually available?

For the 2011 F150 you can get the mechanical shift on the fly t-case for xl, stx and xlt 4x4's but it now looks like that will be gone soon so if you want it you better get one now

Is this another one of fords useless garbage monstrosity?

FORD+PIMP MY RIDE= FAIL!!

Michigan Bob is right! All these "new" features are new alright, but only for Ford. GM has been delivering this auto transfer case for years! This feature was one of the reasons Consumer Reports named the Avalanche the top pick years ago. Anyway, I'm sure GM is going to come out with plenty of new features with it's re-design in a couple of years that Ford will end up copying as well. To me this strategy of focusing on innovations that its competitors don't have, and then copying the best features of its competitors (GM) a few years later, which probably saves them a lot of money because they just have to copy the technology, not invent it. The tow/haul mode was invented by GM years ago, and now Ford offers it standard on its trucks.

I will say that Ford is moving further and further ahead of GM with all these new drivetrains, options, etc while GM sits around with its thumb up its ass for another 2 years offering old and outdated products. I'm a GM guy, but the separation between the 2 is getting ridiculous and worst than its ever been. I think Ford is VERY SMART by not sitting around and waiting years between updates and new offerings, unlike GM which seems like all they can do is offer new paint colors for its new model years, paint colors that aren't really new, but newly named colors that have been used in prior years.

Jeez, I'm getting sick and tired of GM already. Your biggest competitors are donkey stomping you with new products and technology, and all you can do is sit there and take it on the chin. Pathetic is an understatement for the way GM's truck division is being run. Those clowns need to be fired and a new breed and method of management needs to be put in place......now would be the time to return the favor and copy Ford's management style! You reading this GM????!!!!

The FX package is perfect for my style, they have been reading my mind lol. They need to give the Superduty the FX package too!

While I'm on my pedastal, I'd like to name a few things that GM needs to offer, or BETTER offer, with their new 1/2 ton model in a couple of years!

1) Tu-tone paint options
2) More models, like a Sport and something along the lines of a Harley Davidson model.
3) More bed length options. This short bed only option on a Crew Cab is stupid.
4) Bigger gas tank
5) A center shifter like Ford and Toyota, hate the column shifters!
6) LED daytime running lights/brake lights
7) More wheel design options, these same rims for 7 years is so OLD!!
8) A diesel motor option
9) New and different paint color options! More browns/beiges and a burnt orange color! :)
10) A bigger and more comfortable back seat in Crew Cabs! The straight up and short back seats in the trucks now are horrible and something you'd expect in an 80's or early 90's truck!

I hope you're listening GM because if not, my 20 year loyalty to you is in serious jeopardy! With the way Ford is going, I might have to make the switch to the "Dark Side" in 2 years when my 2007 Silverado is ready to be traded in. You have 2 years to get it right, don't disappoint us die-hard GM Fans or you'll be sorry!!!!

I had been told the lever did not mechanically engage anything. Still used solenoids, just no twist knob.

@Chris.
Come on in, the water's fine. We won't tell anyone about the skeletons (GM's) in your closet. ;)

@Chris - ever stop to thing that you are already "on the dark side". LOL

Que heavy breathing " I'm your father Frank" .
"Let it be written, Let it Be done" says Bob Vader.

Ford is not the dark side. Ford is the light side. Govn't Motors may be the dark side if there is such a side.

Mark Williams,

Does the 2nd to last photo belong here?

Keep up the good work and the awesome photos coming.

@Taylor Yes it is at least 90% of an F150. 4,500lb in weight alone is roughly 90% of a base F150 weight. A Global Mustang? Agree with you.

I think General Motors' problem right now, is that it takes an act of congress to make any product updates/changes...literally. Obama has to sign off on any requests for changes.

So let it be written...then let it be signed...then maybe it will get done!

I'm waiting patiently for the GM announcements. The suspense is killing me. I hope it will be something better than their usual "new Texas Edition" stuff. New leather, new ideas, engine tweaks, new grill, more options, more bed configurations, new tech stuff, ... something. Please! Keep the pushing each other because it helps all brands, and us!

Something makes me think that ford is reading my mind with the fx package. that is the ideal truck for me if I opted for a crew cab. the last gm feature that would have had me a different brand loyalty/bias, is the 4 wheel steering option they had on the early 2000's models.

for ford lover is aa big deal,but for the real pickup owner like gm,dodge,toyo nothing impress us,,,specially coming from ford,,no big deal,,

@ Bob- Bronco and Blazer were similar, yes? Which was first? Ranchero and el camino were also similar werent they? Which was first? Stop crying bob, its not very becoming of you.

wow ford copied the 2006 dodge ram 1500 , dakota, and srt-10 night runner package how original

Which came first:

Ford Motor Company or Chevrolet Motors?
Ford V-8 or Chevrolet V-8?
Mustang or Camaro?
Ford 7.3L turbocharged diesel or Chevrolet 6.5L turbocharged diesel?
S.V.T. Raptor or Sierra All Terrain HD? I know, not a Chevrolet.
In-house designed turbocharged diesel?

Ford= First On Race Day

I would kill for the Quadra Steer system on my Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab! That was such a brilliant idea. Too bad it was such an expensive option.

Wow, Ford uses air-filled rubber tires and an internal combustion motor. How original.

I think it's funny as hell to read all y'all bickering about who makes the better truck. To all of you that brag about more power, or a truck that has more clearance, or has more space, or more fuel economy, etc.... I finally figured it out. Y'all need those bigger things in your lives so that you can compensate for your man hood (or your lack there of). Its ok fellas. After y'all get all the cat fighting out of y'all systems, go run a nice bath with some epson salt and soak your man-ginas. God knows y'all will need to rest and relax so y'all can go at it tomorrow.

I think it's funny as hell to read all y'all bickering about who makes the better truck. To all of you that brag about more power, or a truck that has more clearance, or has more space, or more fuel economy, etc.... I finally figured it out. Y'all need those bigger things in your lives so that you can compensate for your man hood (or your lack there of). Its ok fellas. After y'all get all the cat fighting out of y'all systems, go run a nice bath with some epson salt and soak your man-ginas. God knows y'all will need to rest and relax so y'all can go at it tomorrow.

I think it's funny as hell to read all y'all bickering about who makes the better truck. To all of you that brag about more power, or a truck that has more clearance, or has more space, or more fuel economy, etc.... I finally figured it out. Y'all need those bigger things in your lives so that you can compensate for your man hood (or your lack there of). Its ok fellas. After y'all get all the cat fighting out of y'all systems, go run a nice bath with some epson salt and soak your man-ginas. God knows y'all will need to rest and relax so y'all can go at it tomorrow.

I think it's funny as hell to read all y'all bickering about who makes the better truck. To all of you that brag about more power, or a truck that has more clearance, or has more space, or more fuel economy, etc.... I finally figured it out. Y'all need those bigger things in your lives so that you can compensate for your man hood (or your lack there of). Its ok fellas. After y'all get all the cat fighting out of y'all systems, go run a nice bath with some epson salt and soak your man-ginas. God knows y'all will need to rest and relax so y'all can go at it tomorrow.

@Jeffro327 - nasty stutter er er er yyyyyyy ouuu hhhh ave there.
Didn't need to say it 4 times.
It's all said in fun. Unless you are Bob or oxi. they are deadly serious about their posts.



The comments to this entry are closed.

Home | Buy a Truck | News | Special Reports

Powered by Cars.com. By using this site, you agree to our terms of service | © 2017 Cars.com | Privacy Statement | Contact Us