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Ford F-Series (thirteenth generation)

The thirteenth-generation Ford F-Series was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on January 13, 2014.[10] Based on an all-new platform, the 2015 Ford F-150 marked the adoption of aluminum body construction for the F-Series.

Thirteenth generation Ford F-150
2017 Ford F-150 front 5.19.18.jpg
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledFord Lobo (Mexico)
ProductionNovember 11, 2014–present[1] (Dearborn)
Model years2015–present
  • Gordon Platto (chief designer)
  • Brad Richards (lead exterior: 2011)[2]
  • Jon Fontaine (Sport appearance grille: 2012)[3][4]
  • Ryan Niemiec (lead interior: 2011)[5]
    Thomas Marminc (interior: 2011)[6]
  • Aileen Barazza (interior color & materials)[7]
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size pickup truck
Body style
RelatedFord Atlas concept
Ford Super Duty
Transmission6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
10 speed automatic (2017 F-150 Raptor/2018 engines)
  • 122.4 in (3,109.0 mm) (Regular cab 6.5' box)
  • 141.4 in (3,591.6 mm) (Regular cab 8' box)
  • 145.0 in (3,683 mm) (SuperCab 6.5' box/SuperCrew 5.5' box)
  • 156.8 in (3,983 mm) (SuperCrew 6.5' box)
  • 163.7 in (4,158 mm) (SuperCab 8' box)
  • 209.3 in (5,316.2 mm) (Regular cab 6.5' box)
  • 227.9 in (5,788.7 mm) (Regular cab 8' box)
  • 231.9 in (5,890 mm) (SuperCab 6.5' box/SuperCrew 5.5' box)
  • 243.7 in (6,190 mm) (SuperCrew 6.5' box)
  • 250.5 in (6,363 mm) (SuperCab 8' box)
Width79.9 in (2,029 mm)
Height75.2–76.9 in (1,910–1,953 mm)[8]
Curb weight
  • 4,069–4,653 lb (1,846–2,111 kg) (Regular Cab)
  • 4,415–5,236 lb (2,003–2,375 kg) (Super Cab)
  • 4,529–5,320 lb (2,054–2,413 kg) (SuperCrew)
  • 5,525–5,697 lb (2,506–2,584 kg) (Raptor)[9]
PredecessorFord F-Series twelfth generation (MY 2009–2014)
Lincoln Mark LT (2nd gen (Mexico)

Using an exterior design previewed by the 2013 Ford Atlas concept vehicle, the 2015 F-150 introduced a number of driver assistance and safety technologies to the vehicle, including a 360-degree camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System(BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane-Keeping System.

For the 2017 model year, the Ford Super Duty truck line was completely redesigned for the first time. This marks the first time since the 1996 model year all models of the F-Series from the F-150 through the F-550 utilized a common cab design, though the Super Duty utilizes its own unique bed, as well as two separate platforms (depending on GVWR).

In Mexico, the XL trim level is called F-150, while XLT and higher models receive the Lobo (Wolf in Spanish) name.[11]


Design overviewEdit

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Sport (China)

Although not the first vehicle developed by Ford with an aluminum body (in 1993, the company developed aluminum Mercury Sable prototypes, reducing nearly 400 pounds of curb weight[12]), it was the first full-production vehicle built of aluminum from the company; the change also included the best-selling vehicle in North America. As of 2016, 85% of the F-150 is made in the United States.[13][14] When equipped with the optional 2.7L turbocharged V-6 engine and 2-wheel drive, it met proposed Obama administration CAFE rules through 2024 without any modifications.[15]


While nearly all body panels of the F-150 were converted from steel to aluminum construction (the only significant sheetmetal component constructed of steel is the firewall[16][17]), the frame remained of steel construction, the use of high-strength steel in the frame was increased from 23% to 77%.[16] To showcase the durability of the aluminum-intensive design, Ford entered prototypes of the model disguised as 12th generation F150s in the Baja 1000.[18]


In an effort to offer a wider range of fuel-efficient engines for the F-150, a 3.5L version of the Ti-VCT V6 replaced the 3.7L version as the entry-level engine.[19] In place of the 3.7L V6, an all-new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 made its debut, with the 3.5L EcoBoost continuing.[19] With the 6.2L V8 again exclusive to the Super Duty line, the 5.0L V8 was retuned for additional horsepower and torque output. As with its predecessor, no manual transmission is available, with a 6-speed automatic paired with all drivelines.

Starting in 2017, the 3.5L EcoBoost was replaced by the second generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The most prominent change is the addition of port fuel injection, while keeping the direct injectors. This will prevent buildup on the intake valves and keep them clean. Both the horsepower and torque were also increased to 375 hp (280 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m) at 2,250-3,500. The engine will also be mated to the new 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission with no option for the prior 6-speed.

Starting in 2018, the 2.7L EcoBoost was replaced with the second generation 2.7L EcoBoost. The most prominent change is the addition of port fuel injection, while keeping the direct injectors. Ford claims that the power remains unchanged at 325hp while torque is boosted by 25 lb-ft to 400 lb-ft.

Starting in 2018, the 2.7L EcoBoost, 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L Coyote V8 will all be mated to the 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission.


Engine Years Power Torque VIN 8th Digit Transmission
3.3 L Cyclone V6 2018–present 290 hp (216 kW) at 6,500 rpm 265 lb⋅ft (359 N⋅m) at 4,000 rpm 8 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
3.5 L Cyclone V6 2015–2017 282 hp (210 kW) at 6,500 rpm 253 lb⋅ft (343 N⋅m) at 4,000 rpm 8 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80[20]
2.7 L EcoBoost V6 2015–2017 325 hp (242 kW) at 5,750 rpm 375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) at 3,000 rpm P 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2018–present 325 hp (242 kW) at 5,000 rpm 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) at 2,750 rpm P 10-speed 10R80 SelectShift automatic
3.5 L EcoBoost V6 2015–2016 365 hp (272 kW) at 5,000 rpm 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) at 2,500 rpm G 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2017–present 375 hp (280 kW) at 5,000 rpm 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m) at 3,500 rpm G 10-speed 10R80 automatic
2017–present 450 hp (336 kW) at 5,000 rpm 510 lb⋅ft (691 N⋅m) at 3,500 rpm G
5.0 L Coyote V8 2015–2017 385 hp (287 kW) at 5,750 rpm 387 lb⋅ft (525 N⋅m) at 3,850 rpm F 6-speed automatic Ford 6R80
2018–present 395 hp (295 kW) at 5,750 rpm 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) at 4,500 rpm F 10-speed 10R80 automatic
3.0 L PowerStroke Turbo-diesel V6 2018–present 250 hp (186 kW) at 3,250 rpm 440 lb⋅ft (597 N⋅m) at 1,750 rpm 1 10 speed automatic


The 2015 Ford F-150 made a number of design departures from previous F-Series trucks. In a major redesign of the headlights, the rectangular headlight units were replaced with C-shaped units bracketing a trapezoidal grille. The LED headlights were originally planned to use glass for the optics to focus the beam, but it could not achieve the needed clarity, so Ford designers instead used polycarbonate thermoplastic.[21] Each lamp uses one LED for the high beam, a second one for the low beam and one for the orange thermoplastic light pipe. The two beams, along with the light pipe, are then housed within one module.[21]

On the tailgate, the area between the taillamps became partially recessed (as on 1980s versions), with the option of chrome trim. The taillamp assembly also houses the blind spot monitor; these systems were not typically included on pickup trucks because the system could not be packaged inside steel bumpers typically found on pickup trucks.[21]


As part of the redesign, several changes were made to the trim lineup for the Ford F-Series. In an effort to consolidate models, the STX and FX2/FX4 trims were discontinued; the Tremor and Harley-Davidson special editions were not included in the redesign either. To make up for the loss of the previous trims, the features of the STX became a stand-alone option package for 2016, and FX4 is an optional suspension package on all trims except for Limited and Raptor.[22] To complete engineering work on the model, the SVT Raptor submodel went out of production, returning for the 2017 model year.

The thirteenth-generation F-Series follows traditional Ford truck nomenclature with XL, XLT, and Lariat trims, joined with King Ranch and Platinum trims (shared with the Super Duty line). For 2016, the Limited trim level was revived (slotted above the Platinum trim).

  • XL (2015– ) Includes: 17" steel wheels, 3.5L V6 engine, cloth upholstery, an AM/FM stereo with clock with 4 speakers (6 speakers in SuperCrew and SuperCab), climate controls, manual windows, manual locks, and halogen headlamps.
  • XLT (2015– ) Adds: 5.0L V8, 17" alloy wheels, an AM/FM stereo with single-CD player, SYNC, an aux input and 4 speakers (6 in SuperCrew and SuperCab), cruise control, power locks and windows with automatic front windows, an overhead console, tinted rear windows, fog lamps, daytime running lamps, manual mirrors, security alarm, and keyless entry.
  • Lariat (2015– ) Adds: trailer towing with Class IV hitch, 18" machined wheels, leather seats with heated, cooled and 10-way power adjustable front seats, memory driver's seat, SYNC with 8" touchscreen with USB inputs, an SD card reader, SiriusXM 6 month subscription, push button start, automatic temp control, ambient lighting, rear-view camera, turn signal mirrors with auto-dimming, pickup box lighting, and adjustable pedals.
  • King Ranch (2015– ) Adds: trailer brake controller, leather seats, flow-through-center console, 18" machined wheels, heated rear seats, a Sony audio system with HD Radio, single-CD player and 10 speakers, a navigation system, 110v power outlets, LED lights, King Ranch badges, power mirrors, and a garage door opener.[23][24]
  • Platinum (2015– ) Adds: 20" polished wheels, 5 year SiriusXM subscription, heated steering wheel, blind spot warnings and cross-traffic alerts, power running boards, remote start, reverse sensing system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Limited (2016- ) Adds: 3.5L EcoBoost engine, multicontour seats, collision warning with brake support, 360 degree camera, and a twin-panel moonroof.
  • Raptor (2017- ) Adds: 3.5L EcoBoost with 10-speed transmission, 8-way power driver's seat and 2-way manual passenger seat, cloth upholstery, an AM/FM radio with single-CD player, an AUX input and 6 speakers, skid plates, and rear view camera.

F-150 RaptorEdit

2017 Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor

Following a two-year hiatus, the F-150 Raptor sub-model made its return for the 2017 model year, with the loss of its previous SVT prefix.[25] As with its predecessor, the 2017 Raptor is an offroad-oriented vehicle produced in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with a model-exclusive 5.5' pickup bed. The model continues its lack of a Ford Blue Oval grille badge, with "F-O-R-D" spelled across the center of the grille.

As with a standard Ford F-150, the Raptor is an aluminum-intensive vehicle; though built upon a steel frame, nearly all its body panels are built using aluminum (reducing curb weight by nearly 500 lb (227 kg) over an equivalent 2014 SVT Raptor). In place of the 411 hp (306 kW) 6.2L V8, the new Raptor features a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 paired with an industry-first 10-speed automatic transmission. The new engine improves the horsepower by 39 hp (29 kW) to 450 hp (336 kW), and increases the torque from the old engine to 510 lb⋅ft (691 N⋅m) of torque.

To improve its off-road ability over a standard F-150, the Raptor is fitted with a torque-on-demand transfer case, 13" travel front and 13.9" travel rear Fox Racing suspension, and all-terrain 35" tires and wheels.

For 2019, the Raptor gets a new Trail Control system, optional Recaro sport bucket seats and FOX 3.0 Internal Bypass shock absorbers with Live Valve Technology. [26]


2018 Facelift

For 2018, the Ford F-150 received a mid-cycle restyling. The new F-150 received exterior styling cues from its larger sibling, the Ford Super Duty, including a double-bar front grille to replace the previous triple-bar unit. The rear tailgate is embossed with the 'F-150' logo, replacing the previous 'F-150' emblem on the old tailgate. The rear tail lamps are also slightly restyled. As per 2018 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, all 2018 F-150 models receive a standard rear-view backup camera.[27]

There are two new engine options for 2018. The first new engine is the 290 hp (216 kW), 3.3L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit to replace the existing 3.5L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit. The second new engine is a new 3.0L Powerstroke V6 turbodiesel engine that debuted in mid-2018. The 325 hp (242 kW) 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged gasoline V6, the 375 hp (280 kW) 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged gasoline V6, and the 395 hp (295 kW) 5.0L "Coyote" naturally-aspirated and FlexFuel-capable V8 gasoline engine all remain, as does the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged gasoline V6 in the Raptor model. All engines aside from the base 3.3L naturally-aspirated gasoline V6 unit are now paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission (the base engine is still mated to a six-speed unit).[27]

On the interior, the 2018 F-150 sees little change from the 2015–2017 interior, though SYNC Connect, which includes a five-year trial subscription, and provides remote access to the vehicle, service information, and other vehicle-related information, is available on select models for the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Also, the B&O Play premium audio system, manufactured by Bang & Olufsen, replaces the Sony premium audio system option on higher trim levels. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also becomes standard on XLT models.[27]

Trim levels for 2018 are unchanged from 2017: XL, XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited remain available, as do three cab configurations (two-door, two to three-passenger Regular Cab, four-door, five to six-passenger Super Cab, and four-door, five to six-passenger SuperCrew Cab, and three different bed lengths dependent upon trim level and cab configuration (5.5, 6.5, or 8 ft [1.7, 2.0, or 2.4 m]). All models are available with two-wheel-drive (4X2) or four-wheel-drive (4X4), aside from the Raptor, which is exclusively available with four-wheel-drive (4X4). Some new appearance packages become available for 2018, mainly on the lower trim levels.[27]

In mid-2018, the new 3.0L Powerstroke turbocharged diesel V6 engine became available for the F-150, producing 250 hp (186 kW) and 440 lb⋅ft (597 N⋅m) of torque. Retail buyers will be able to order the Powerstroke engine on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims of the F-150, while commercial and fleet buyers will be able to also choose it with XL and XLT trims. Buyers of these lower trim levels must have a Fleet Identification Number, or FIN, which is assigned by Ford, to order a Powerstroke-equipped F-150.

For 2019, the F-150 Limited offers the same high-output 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine producing 450 hp (336 kW) and 510 lb⋅ft (691 N⋅m) of torque, and 10R80 10-Speed automatic transmission as the F-150 Raptor. This power upgrade adds 75 hp (56 kW) and 40 lb⋅ft (54 N⋅m) of torque to the F-150 Limited. The Limited also receives a new Camel Back interior trim and standard Raptor-inspired dual exhaust. [28]

Safety recallsEdit

On October 18, 2017 Ford recalled 1.3 million 2015-2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty pickups due to door latches that can freeze in cold climates, causing the door to not open or close properly.[29]

On September 6, 2018 Ford recalled approximately 2 million 2015-2018 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew models worldwide because front seatbelt pre-tensioners can generate excessive sparks and possibly cause a fire in the event of a collision.[30]


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