If you watch any prime time TV, the onslaught of commercials might have made you aware that the battle for supremacy in the world of full size trucks is really heating up.
With ever increasing fuel economy mandates, Ford’s latest F-150 has left steel behind to sport a body made of aluminum, an innovation with weight savings and corrosion resistance that are nothing to be laughed at. In a July 21 press release, the marque shocked the world with the introduction of the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited, a model that will push the Luxury Truck market into uncharted territory.
The amount of content packed into this new truck will make for a window sticker the size of a dinner table, so we’ll start with the most noteworthy equipment. This is the first Limited to not have a standard V8. Rather, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 has found its way into the new Ford GT and the upcoming Raptor, and is rated to tow 10,000 lbs while returning class leading fuel mileage.
Inside you will find sunlight from the panoramic roof shining on Fiddleback Eucalyptus wood trim. The tingling sensation is from the 10-way adjustable heated and cooled massaging front seats. The latest in safety is also standard, with cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, 360 degree cameras and adaptive cruise. We were not expecting to find a remote tailgate release and Pro Trailer Backup. It will have a premium audio system with 10 Sony speakers. The latest in connectivity, the SYNC®3 and Applink™, are also standard.
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With features never before seen in a pickup truck, Ford has positioned the Limited as their top level offering. Pricing is not mentioned, but it will undoubtedly be one of the most expensive V6 powered trucks ever built. That being said, there is not another truck on the market with this level of safety and sophistication. Kudos to Ford for raising the bar, and stay tuned to Autofluence for more truck news.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article read “Ford says this truck is their top-level offering, but we are hoping the King Ranch returns for the mid-cycle refresh.” As the King Ranch trim is already available in limited numbers for this model, the information has been adjusted accordingly.