The Ford F-Series is a series of trucks marketed and manufactured by Ford. In production since 1948, the F-Series is a range of light trucks marketed as full-size pickup trucks, slotted above the compact Ford Ranger in the Ford truck model range. Since 1999, the F-Series also includes the heavier-duty Super Duty series, which includes pickup trucks, chassis cab trucks, and medium-duty trucks. As of current production, the Ford F-Series includes the F-150 pickup, F-250 through F-450 Super Duty pickups, F-450/550 Super Duty chassis cabs, and F-650/750 Super Duty Class 6-8 trucks. The most popular version of the F-Series is the F-150, now in its fourteenth generation.
The best-selling pickup truck in the United States since 1977 (the highest-selling vehicle overall since 1981); the F-Series is also the best-selling vehicle in Canada. As of the 2018 model year, the F-Series generated $41 billion in annual revenue for Ford. At various times, Ford has marketed the F-Series across all three of its divisions in North America. From 1948 to 1968, Mercury marketed the F-Series as the M-Series (in Canada); during the 2000s, Lincoln sold the F-150 as the Blackwood and the later Mark LT. The F-series platform has underpinned several sport utility vehicles, including the Ford Bronco, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
As of current production, the Ford F-Series is manufactured by Ford in four facilities in the United States.
First generation (1948-1952)
The first-generation F-Series pickup (known as the Ford Bonus-Built) was introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the previous car-based pickup line introduced in 1942. The F-Series was sold in eight different weight ratings, with pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine (COE), conventional truck, and school bus chassis body styles.
Second generation (1953-1956)
For the 1953 model year, Ford introduced a second generation of the F-Series trucks. Increased dimensions, improved engines, and an updated chassis were features of the second generation. In another change, the model nomenclature of the F-Series was expanded to three numbers; this remains in use in the present day. The half-ton F-1 became the F-100 (partially influenced by the North American F-100 Super Sabre); the F-2 and F-3 were combined into the 3⁄4-ton F-250 while the F-4 became the one-ton F-350. Conventional F-Series trucks were F-500 to F-900; COE chassis were renamed C-Series trucks.
While the cabs, doors, radiator support, inner fenders and hoods are the same from 1953-1956 F-100 & F-250s (the fenders varied on F-250, F-350, F-500 and long boxes were only available on F-250), in 1956 the cab underwent a major revision. Centered around a wraparound windshield, the cab was given new doors, a redesigned dashboard, and an (optional) panoramic rear window. In line with Ford cars, the 1956 F-Series offered seat belts as an option.
Third generation (1957-1960)
Introduced in 1957, the third generation F-series was a significant modernization and redesign. Front fenders became integrated into the body, and the new Styleside bed continued the smooth lines to the rear of the pickup.
The cab-over F-Series was discontinued, having been replaced by the tilt-cab C-Series.
In 1959, Ford began in-house production of four-wheel-drive pickups.
Fourth generation (1961-1966)
Ford introduced a dramatically new style of pickup in 1961 with the fourth generation F-Series. Longer and lower than its predecessors, these trucks had increased dimensions and new engine and gearbox choices. Additionally, the 1961–1963 models offered an optional unibody design with the cab and bed integrated. The traditional separate cab/bed was offered concurrently. The unibody proved unpopular, and Ford discontinued the option after the 1963 model year.
In 1965, the F-Series was given a significant mid-cycle redesign. A completely new platform, including the “Twin I-Beam” front suspension, was introduced that would be used until 1996 on the F-150 and until 2016 on the F-250/350 4×2. Additionally that year, the Ranger name made its first appearance on a Ford pickup; previously a base model of the Edsel, it was now used to denote a high-level styling package for F-Series pickups.
Fifth generation (1967-1972)
Introduced in 1967, the fifth generation F-series pickup was built on the same platform as the 1965 revision of the fourth generation. Dimensions and greenhouse glass were increased, engine options expanded, and plusher trim levels became available during the fifth generation’s production run.
Suspension components from all 1969 F-Series models are completely interchangeable.
Sixth generation (1973-1979)
The sixth generation F-series was introduced in 1973. This version of the F-series continued to be built on the 1965 fourth generation’s revised platform, but with significant modernization and refinements, including front disc brakes, increased cabin dimensions, full double wall bed construction and increased use of galvanized steel.
The FE engine series was discontinued in 1976 after a nearly 20-year run, replaced by the more modern 335 & 385 series engines.
In 1975, the F-150 was introduced in between the F-100 and the F-250 in order to avoid certain emission control restrictions. For 1978, square headlights replaced the previous models’ round ones on higher trim package models, such as Lariat and Ranger, and in 1979 became standard equipment. Also for 1978, the Ford Bronco was redesigned into a variant of the F-series pickup. 1979 was the last year that the 460 engine was available in a half ton truck.
Seventh generation (1980-1986)
The seventh-generation F-Series was introduced for 1980, marking the first ground-up redesign of the model line since 1965. Alongside an all-new chassis, the pickup trucks received a completely new body. While distinguished by straighter body lines, the aerodynamics of the exterior were optimized to improve fuel economy. Sharing their cab structure with F-Series pickup trucks, medium-duty trucks (F-600 through F-800) underwent their first redesign since 1967.
The powertrain line of this generation underwent multiple revisions through its production. At its launch, the engine line was largely carried over from 1979. While the 7.5L V8 was dropped entirely, a 4.2L V8 was introduced as the smallest V8 engine. For 1982, a 3.8L V6 became the standard engine for the F-100. For 1983, to improve the fuel efficiency of the model line, the M-Series engines (the 5.8L 351M and 6.6L 400 V8s) were dropped; the latter was replaced by the return of the 7.5L V8. In response to low demand and poor performance, the 4.2L V8 and 3.8L V6 were phased out in 1982 and 1983, respectively. For the F-250 and F-350, a 6.9L diesel V8 (sourced from a partnership with International Harvester) became an option for 1983. For 1984, a “H.O” version of the 5.8L V8 was introduced. The 4.9L V8 was fitted with fuel injection as standard equipment for 1986, becoming the first such engine in an American-market pickup truck.
In line with the previous generation, the SuperCab and 4-door crew cab made their return in 1980 and 1982, respectively. For the first time, a dual rear-wheel version of the F-350 was offered as a pickup truck.
For 1982, Ford revised the badging of the model line, replacing the “FORD” hood lettering with the Ford Blue Oval grille emblem, a design that remains in use on all F-Series trucks today (except the Raptor). The same year, the Ranger trims was dropped; the name shifted to the Ford Ranger compact pickup (replacing the Ford Courier). After 30 years as the smallest F-Series truck, the F-100 was dropped after 1983, eliminating model overlap with the F-150 (and payload overlap with the Ranger).
This generation would be the final version of the F-Series to offer a 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission; it is also the second-to-last vehicle sold in the United States with this configuration.
Eighth generation (1987-1991)
The eighth-generation F-Series was introduced for 1987 as a major revision of the 1980-1986 generation. While the cab was carried over, many body panels were revised, including a completely new front fascia; the interior also underwent a redesign. The long-running Flareside bed design was retired, with all examples produced with Styleside beds.
Following the 1986 transition of the 5.0L V8 to fuel injection, the 4.9L I6 followed suit for 1987, with the 5.8L and 7.5L engines doing so for 1988; the F-Series became the first American pickup truck model line sold without carbureted engines. The same year, the 6.9L diesel V8 was increased in size to 7.3L. Following the discontinuation of the 3-speed manual, a 5-speed manual became standard equipment (a 4-speed remained a special-order option until 1989). For 1989, an E4OD 4-speed automatic (overdrive version of the C6 heavy-duty 3-speed) was introduced.
Slotted between the F-350 and F-600, the F-Super Duty was introduced in 1987; an ancestor of the current F-450/F-550, the F-Super Duty was designed exclusively for chassis cab applications.
Ninth generation (1992-1997)
The ninth-generation F-Series was introduced for 1992 as the second redesign of the 1980 F-Series architecture. Adapting design elements from the newly introduced Explorer and redesigned E-Series and Ranger, the F-Series received a slightly lower hoodline, rounding the front fenders, bumper, and grille. Coinciding with a redesign of the interior, the F-Series received a driver-side airbag.
After a six-year hiatus, the FlareSide bed made its return, becoming a sub-model of the F-150. To appeal to younger buyers, the bodywork of the FlareSide bed was modernized, adapting the fenders of a dual rear-wheel F-350 to a single rear-wheel chassis. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first Ford factory-produced truck (the 1917 Ford Model TT), Ford offered a 75th anniversary package on its 1992 F-series, consisting of a stripe package, an argent colored step bumper, and special 75th anniversary logos. In response to the Chevrolet 454SS pickup truck, Ford introduced the SVT Lightning, powered by a 240 hp 5.8L V8.
For 1993, the 7.3 L diesel became turbocharged for the first time; as a running change during 1994, International replaced the “IDI” engine with the 7.3 L T444E, the first engine branded as a Ford PowerStroke diesel. After 1993, the Custom trim was dropped (marking the final use of the name by Ford); for 1995, the F-150 received an Eddie Bauer trim package.
For the 1997 model year, the ninth generation was gradually phased out of production; the F-150 was replaced by the tenth-generation F-Series (see below), with the F-250 (rebranded as the F-250 Heavy Duty) and F-350 remaining in production. For 1999, the larger F-Series trucks (and the F-Super Duty) were replaced by Ford Super Duty pickups.
Tenth generation (1997-2004)
For the 1997 model year, Ford made a substantial change to the F-Series range of trucks, splitting its pickup line into two vehicle families. From the 1970s to the 1990s, pickup trucks had transitioned in usage. Alongside vehicles designed exclusively for work use, the market segment saw a major increase in demand for dual-purpose vehicles for both work and personal use, effectively serving as a second car. To further expand its growing market share, Ford sought to develop vehicles for both types of buyers, repackaging the F-150 in a more contemporary design (as a larger version of the Ranger) while retaining the heavier-duty F-250 and F-350 for customers interested in a work-use vehicle.
The tenth-generation F-Series was introduced in January 1996 as a 1997 model. Initially released solely as the F-150, a higher-GVWR F-250 was released in 1997. The model line was marketed alongside its predecessor, pared down to the F-250HD and F-350; for 1999, these were replaced by the Super Duty trucks.
In the most extensive redesign of the F-Series in 17 years,[according to whom?] the chassis received fully independent front suspension, ending the use of Twin I-Beam front axles. Sharing only the transmissions with its predecessor, the 1997 F-150 received a range of engines new to the F-Series, including a 4.2L V6 and 4.6L V8; a 5.4L V8 was added during 1997. Introduced in the full-size Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis/Town Car sedans, the Modular/Triton V8 was the first overhead-camshaft engine ever to be installed in a full-size pickup truck.
Distinguished by its rounded exterior, the tenth generation was again offered in standard-cab and extended-cab (SuperCab) configurations. To improve rear-seat access, a rear-hinged third door (curbside) was introduced for the SuperCab; following its popularity, the SuperCab received a fourth door for 1999. For 2001, the F-150 became the first “1⁄2-ton” truck offered as a crew cab with full-size doors; produced with a slightly shortened bed, the F-150 SuperCrew shared the length of a standard-bed SuperCab.
The SVT Lightning made its return for 1999, powered by a supercharged version of the 5.4L V8; over 28,000 were produced from 1999 to 2004. For 2002, Lincoln-Mercury introduced the Lincoln Blackwood, the first Lincoln pickup. Sharing the front bodywork of the Lincoln Navigator SUV and the same cab and chassis as the F-150 SuperCrew, the Blackwood was designed with a model-exclusive bed and was sold only in black. Due to very poor sales, the model line was discontinued after 2002.
For 1999, Ford redesigned the F-250 and F-350, introducing them as the first generation of the Ford F-Series Super Duty model line. While remaining part of the F-Series, the Super Duty trucks were designed with a different chassis, powertrain, and body design, as they are developed for heavier-duty work use. For 2000, the Super Duty line was expanded to include the medium-duty truck (F-650/F-750) series, designed in a joint venture with Navistar International.
Eleventh generation (2004-2008)
For the 2004 model year, the F-150 was redesigned on an all-new platform. The new platform starts off with a fully boxed in frame and introduced rear shocks to mount outside of the frame for decreased wheel hop and improved ride quality. This new body style kept the fully independent front suspension introduced in the last generation but added vacuum driven front wheel hubs for the 4 wheel drive versions. The previous generation had full time connected front axles. The improvement saves fuel and by default goes into a wheel locked position. Should a failure occur in the vacuum solenoid, system, or hoses the wheel hub default to a 4wd position to keep from leaving a driver stranded. Internally, a 3-valve version of the 5.4 Liter V8 was introduced and replaced the previous 2-valve version. Externally, the eleventh-generation model was different from its predecessor, with sharper-edged styling; a major change was the adoption of the stepped driver’s window from the Super Duty trucks. Regardless of cab type, all F-150s were given four doors, with the rear doors on the regular cab providing access to behind-the-seat storage. Ford also introduced additional variants of the F-150. The FX4 Off-Road package available since the 2002 model year became its own trim level. A sportier version of the F-150 became available as STX, replaced by FX2 Sport in 2007.
From 2005 to 2008, Lincoln-Mercury dealers sold this version of the F-150 as the Lincoln Mark LT, replacing the Blackwood.
In late 2007 for the 2008 model year, the Super Duty trucks were given an all-new platform. While using the same bed and cabin as before, these are distinguished from their predecessors by an all-new interior and a much larger grille and head lamps. Previously available only as a chassis-cab model, the F-450 now was available as a pickup directly from Ford.
Twelfth generation (2009-2014)
The twelfth generation F-150 was introduced for the 2009 model year as an update of the Ford full-size truck platform. Similar to its predecessor, these trucks are distinguished by their Super Duty-style grilles and head lamps; standard cab models again have two-doors instead of four. The FlareSide bed was continued until 2010, dropped along with the manual gearbox; outside of Mexico, the Lincoln Mark LT was replaced by the F-150 Platinum. A new model for 2010 included the SVT Raptor, a dedicated off-road pickup.
In 2010 Ford shifted its electronics from a GEM (General electric module) based to the computerized and programmable BCM (Body Control Module), allowing for fewer parts differences and programmable upgrade options from the dealer or factory. In 2011 Ford reintroduced the 5.0 in the F series with its new 5.0 Coyote dual over head cam TiVVT engine with 360 hp.
As part of a major focus on fuel economy, the entire engine lineup for the F-150 was updated for the 2011 model year. Along with the new V8 engine, the F-150 gained a new 3.7 Liter base V6 engine, and a powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5 Liter V6, dubbed EcoBoost by Ford. An automatic transmission is the only option. Other modifications include the addition of a Nexteer Automotive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system on most models.
A recent study conducted by iSeeCars.com and published on the Ford Motor Company website listed the Ford F-250 Super Duty as the longest-lasting vehicle and Expedition, Explorer and F-150 among the top 20 longest-lasting vehicles.
Thirteenth generation (2015-2020)
The thirteenth-generation Ford F-Series was introduced for the 2015 model year. Largely previewed by the Ford Atlas concept vehicle at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the new design marked several extensive changes to the F-Series design. In the interest of fuel economy, Ford designers reduced curb weight of the F-150 by nearly 750 pounds, without physically altering its exterior footprint. To allow for such a massive weight reduction, nearly every body panel was switched from steel to aluminum (with the exception of the firewall); the frame itself remains high-strength steel. To prove the durability of the aluminum-intensive design, during the development of the thirteenth-generation F-Series, Ford entered camouflaged prototypes into the Baja 1000 endurance race (where the vehicles finished). The 2015 F-150 was the first pickup truck with adaptive cruise control, which uses radar sensors on the front of the vehicle to maintain a set following distance between it and the vehicle ahead of it, decreasing speed if necessary.
The 3.7L V6 was dropped, replaced by a 3.5L V6 as the standard engine, with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 added alongside the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. While the 6.2L V8 was withdrawn, the 5.0L V8 continued as an option, with a 6-speed automatic as the sole transmission.
For the 2018 model year, the Ford F-150 underwent a mid-cycle redesign, being revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Following the introduction of the 2017 Super Duty model line, the F-Series (F-150 through F-550 and Ford Raptor) are again manufactured using a common cab (for the first time since 1996). For 2018, the F-150 shifted from the long-running 3-bar design used on Ford trucks to the 2-bar design that debuted on the 2017 Super Duty model line. The powertrain underwent several revisions, as the 3.5L V6 was replaced by a 3.3L V6 mated to a 6 speed transmission. The EcoBoost V6 engines and 5.0L V8 engines were fitted with a 10-speed automatic (from the Raptor) and stop-start capability (previously only from the 2.7L EcoBoost). In 2018, a PowerStroke diesel engine was fitted to the F-150 for the first time, as Ford introduced a 250 hp 3.0L turbocharged V6 (from the “Lion” lineup of engines shared by PSA Peugeot Citroën and Jaguar Land Rover).
Safety and driver assistance features improved and added for the 2018 model year include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
The crew-cab version of the 2018 F-150 reclaimed an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.
Fourteenth generation (2021, to commence)
The fourteenth-generation Ford F-Series was introduced for the 2021 model year through a live presentation streamed over the Internet on June 25, 2020. Sharing a strong visual resemblance to the thirteenth generation, the 2021 F-150 underwent a redesign of 92% of its parts, carrying over only its cab and pickup box structure.
The powertrain line is also carried over from the previous generation, with a 3.3-liter V6, 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6s, a 5.0-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter diesel V6. Dubbed PowerBoost, an optional gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain is introduced for the first time in a Ford light truck, pairing an electric motor with the 3.5-liter V6. The six-speed automatic is dropped, with all engines paired to a 10-speed automatic.
Along with exterior design changes to enhance aerodynamics, many changes were made to the interior, adding fold-flat front seats and larger touchscreens (including a digital instrument panel); as an option, Active Drive Assist will be offered as a driver-assistance system.
For 2021, the F-150 Raptor is on hiatus; an unnamed fully-electric version of the F-150 is to be introduced by 2022 as a competitor for the (GMC) Hummer EV and Tesla Cybertruck.
Throughout its production, variants of the Ford F-Series has been produced to attract buyers. While these variants primarily consist of trim packages, others are high-performance versions while other variants were designed with various means of improving functionality.
Unibody F-Series (1961-1962)
For 1961 into part of the 1963 model year, the Ford F-Series was offered with a third body configuration, integrating the Styleside bed with the cab. With the pickup bed stampings welded directly to the cab before both assemblies were mounted to the frame, the design simplified the assembly and paint process (the configuration was similar to that of the Ford Ranchero). Following a poor market reception, the unibody pickup bed design was withdrawn during the 1963 model year.
From 1961 to 1979, Ford offered several Special option packages for the F-Series, typically designed for owners with specific uses for their vehicles. For 1961, the Camper Special option package was introduced; designed for owners of slide-in truck campers, the option package featured pre-wiring for the camper, heavy-duty transmission and engine cooling, and a larger alternator. For 1968, Ford introduced the Contractor’s Special, and Farm and Ranch Special, which featured toolboxes and heavier-duty suspension. The Explorer Special was introduced as a lower-priced variant of the Ranger trim. The “Trailer Special” was offered as well with trailer brake, heavy-duty radiator, transmission cooler, and tow hitch.
In 1980, the Special option packages were withdrawn as part of the F-Series redesign, while a number of features continued as stand-alone options; the Explorer continued as a variant of the Ranger trim through the 1986 model year.
F-150 Nite (1991-1992)
Sold from 1991 to 1992 on the Ford F-150 XLT Lariat, the Nite special edition was an monochromatic option package, featuring black paint and trim with a multicolor accent stripe. For 1991, it was exclusive to the regular-cab F-150; for 1992, it was available on all bodystyles of the F-150 and introduced on the Ford Bronco.
The Nite edition was available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with either the 5.0L or 5.8L V8; it also included a sport suspension and alloy wheels on 235/75R15 white-letter tires.
Eddie Bauer (1994-1996)
For 1994, Ford introduced the Eddie Bauer trim level for the F-150. In a fashion similar to the same trim packages on the Aerostar, Bronco, and Explorer/Bronco II, it consisted of outdoors-themed interior trim with two-tone exterior paint.
SVT Lightning (1993-1995; 1999-2004)
Introduced as a 1993 model, the Ford SVT Lightning is a high-performance version of the F-150 that was produced by the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Intended as a competitor for the Chevrolet 454SS, the SVT Lightning was derived from the F-150; to improve its handling, extensive modifications were made to the front and rear suspension and frame. Powered by a 240 hp version of the 5.8L V8, the Lightning used a heavy-duty 4-speed automatic transmission from the F-350 (normally paired with the 7.5L V8 or 7.3L diesel V8). While slower in acceleration than the GMC Syclone, the Lightning retained nearly all of the towing and payload capacity of a standard Ford F-150. Produced from 1993 to 1995, the first-generation SVT Lightning was withdrawn as Ford readied the 1997 Ford F-150 for sale.
After a three-year hiatus, Ford released a second generation of the SVT Lightning for the 1999 model year. In line with its 1993-1995 predecessor, the second-generation Lightning was based on the F-150 with a number of suspension modifications; in a design change, all examples were produced with a FlareSide bed. In place of a model-specific engine, the second-generation was powered by a supercharged version of the 5.4L V8 from the F-150, producing 360 hp (increased to 380 hp in 2001). As before, the higher-output engine was paired with a heavier-duty transmission from the F-350 pickup.
For the 2004 redesign of the Ford F-150, the SVT Lightning was not included, leaving 2004 as the final year for the model line. While of an entirely different design focus from the SVT Lightning, the SVT/Ford Raptor is the succeeding generation of high-performance Ford F-Series pickup trucks.
Harley-Davidson Edition (2000-2011)
From 2000 to 2011, the Harley-Davidson Edition was an option package available on the F-150. Primarily an appearance package featuring monochromatic black trim, from 2002 to 2003, the edition included a slightly detuned version of the supercharged 5.4L V8 engine from the SVT Lightning. In 2003, a 100th Anniversary Edition was produced for F-150 SuperCrew trucks. For 2004, the Harley-Davidson option package became available for F-250/F-350 Super Duty trucks. After 2008, the option package adopted many of the options featured from the Platinum trim level, featuring leather seating produced from materials reserved for Harley-Davidson biker jackets.
For 2012, the Harley-Davidson Edition was replaced by the Limited trim level, retaining a monochromatic exterior appearance (shifting past motorcycle-themed trim).
SVT/Ford Raptor (2010-2014; 2017-present)
For 2010, Ford introduced its second high-performance truck, the SVT Raptor. In contrast to the enhanced on-road performance of the SVT Lightning, the SVT Raptor is a focused towards off-road use, in line with that of a Baja 1000 racing truck. While a road-legal vehicle, many design modifications of the Raptor were made to improve its off-road capability, with the vehicle featuring a model-exclusive suspension with long-travel springs and shocks. The Raptor shares only its cab with a standard F-150; to accommodate its larger tires, the Raptor is fitted with wider front fenders, hood, and pickup bed. Initially produced as a SuperCab, a Raptor SuperCrew was introduced late in the 2010 model year. For the first time on a Ford vehicle in North America since 1983, the word “Ford” was spelled across the grille of the SVT Raptor in place of the Ford Blue Oval badge.
For 2010, the SVT Raptor was powered by a 310 hp 5.4L V8; a 411 hp 6.2L V8 (from the F-150 Platinum and Super Duty trucks) became optional, replacing the 5.4L V8 for 2011. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission paired with both engines.
After a two-year hiatus, the second-generation Ford Raptor (the SVT prefix was removed) was introduced for the 2017 model year. Derived from the thirteenth-generation F-Series, the Ford Raptor shifted to an aluminum body. Again produced as a high-performance off-road vehicle, the Raptor is produced in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, with long-travel suspension specific to the vehicle. As a design theme, the second-generation Raptor does not carry a Ford Blue Oval grille badge, instead spelling out “Ford” across the grille.
To improve fuel economy and reduce weight, the 6.2L V8 was replaced by a 450 horsepower and 510 Ft-Lbs torque High Output 3.5L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, Ford made upgrades to enhance the off-road capability of the Raptor series truck line. They introduced new FOX Live Valve Shocks. The new shocks auto adjust the suspension’s compression dampening based on the terrain via a live sensor electrically controlled solenoid valves. This new Terrain Management System works with sensors in the body to adjust as the truck is driving. The new Trail control for 2019 also adds adaptive cruise control for off-road use.
Ford also added an optional Blue Accent Package with Recaro front racing seats for the 2019 model year.
F-150 King Ranch (2001-present)
In 2001, Ford’s marketing department leveraged a partnership with the 825,000-acre King Ranch in south Texas, naming the most upscale model in the F-150 lineup after the ranch, which is one of the largest ranches in the United States and which operates a large fleet of Ford trucks. The truck was emblazoned with the King Ranch’s Running W brand and upholstered in saddle leather. It was the industry’s first full-size lightweight pickup truck with a full rear passenger compartment and 4 full-size doors, becoming the SuperCrew cab. Along with the Limited and Platinum, the King Ranch continues to comprise the luxury end of the F-150 spectrum. Unsurprisingly, 40% of King Ranch F-150 sales are in Texas, Ford’s largest pickup truck market.
F-150 Platinum (2009-present)
Introduced for 2009, Platinum is a luxury-oriented trim of the Ford F-150. Effectively replacing the Lincoln Mark LT in the United States and Canada (though its production continued through 2014 in Mexico), the Platinum adopted many of the luxury features and content from the Mark LT with more subdued exterior styling (the Platinum was fitted with an eggcrate grille similar to early models of the Ford Expedition).
In 2013, Ford began use of the Platinum trim for Super Duty trucks, from the F-250 to the F-450 pickup trucks. Until 2016, the Platinum trim was an add-on package to a Super Duty that was ordered as a Lariat. 2017 saw the Platinum become a separate trim level.
F-150 Tremor (2014)
For the 2014 model year, Ford introduced the Tremor model of the F-150. The Tremor was released as a high-performance sport truck for street truck enthusiasts. The regular-cab Tremor is based on the style of the FX Appearance Package with the 3.5 Liter EcoBoost engine and a 4.10 rear axle. The interior uses a console-mounted shifter, custom bucket seats and a flow-through center console not found in any other F-150. The Tremor is available in both 4×2 and 4×4. Both options feature an electronic locking rear differential and customized suspension. There were 2,230 Tremors built.
Ford F-150 electric pickup
At the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January 2019, Ford announced the intention to produce an F-150 Electric Pickup, a fully-electric light pickup. Prototype test mules on an existing F-150 chassis were tested during 2019, including a record-setting demonstration test tow of 1,250,000 pounds (570,000 kg).
In June 2020, Ford announced the unnamed fully-electric F-150 was to begin production within two years of the introduction of the 2021 F-150; i.e., by 2022.
For most of its production, the F-Series was sold in a medium-duty conventional truck configuration alongside the traditional pickup trucks. Beginning in 1948 with the 1½ ton F-5 (later F-500), the medium-duty trucks ranged up to the F-8 (F-800). Prior to the 1957 introduction of the Ford C-Series tilt-cab, the medium-duty range was offered as both a conventional and in a COE (cabover) configuration.
Following the introduction of the fifth-generation F-Series in 1967, the medium-duty trucks were designed separately from the pickup truck range. Although remaining part of the F-Series range, the medium-duty trucks shared only the cab and interior with the F-Series pickup trucks. Since 1967, the cab design has changed only in 1980 and in 2000. Redesigned on an all-new chassis, the 2017 F-Series medium-duty trucks retain an updated version of the 2000-2016 F-650/F750 cab.
The medium-duty F-Series served as the donor platform for the B-Series cowled bus chassis produced from 1948 to 1998. Produced primarily for school bus bodies, the B-Series was discontinued as part of the sale of the Ford heavy-truck line to Freightliner in 1996.
Above its medium-duty truck ranges, the Ford F-Series was used as a heavy-truck chassis during its early production. In 1951, Ford debuted its “Big Job” line, denoting the F-8 conventional. In 1958, the “Super Duty” and “Extra Heavy Duty” replaced the Big Job trucks, marking the debut of the Super Duty V8 engine line. In 1963, the N-Series became the first short-hood conventional built by Ford, replacing the F-900 Super Duty/Extra Heavy Duty. Although based on an all-new chassis and separate bodywork, the cab was sourced from the F-Series.
In 1970, Ford introduced the L-Series “Louisville” line of conventional trucks, moving all heavy truck development away from the F-Series. The L-Series/Aeromax would remain in production through 1998, as Ford exited the North American heavy-truck segment. Outside North America, Ford builds the Ford Cargo, and Ford F-MAX.
From 1948 until 1960, the F-Series was produced in a panel van configuration; in contrast to General Motors, Ford never offered a passenger “carryall” variant (competing against the Chevrolet/GMC Suburban or the International Travelall). For 1961, the panel van was discontinued, largely replaced by the Econoline compact van.
From 1968 to the present day, the Econoline/Club Wagon/E-Series]] vans have shared a degree of mechanical commonality with the F-Series pickup trucks (during the 1970s, some body components were shared). While no longer produced for retail sale, the E-Series still shares its engines and transmission with the Ford Super Duty trucks.
As of 2018, outside of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the Ford F-150 is officially sold in most Caribbean countries (except Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Cuba), Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the Middle East (including Afghanistan), Iceland, China, Cambodia, the Philippines, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, the Dutch territories of Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Maarten and the British overseas territory of the Cayman Islands. The SVT Raptor is sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East (including Afghanistan), China, Ecuador, Chile and Peru. Both are available in LHD only.
In Mexico, the F-150 (XLT and higher trim levels) is called the “Ford Lobo” (Ford Wolf) while the F-150 SVT Raptor is called the “Ford Lobo Raptor”. The F-150 XL remains as F-150 XL.
There is a strong grey market presence of Ford F-Series trucks around the world, most notably in Europe, China, South Korea, and Australia, and usually driven by wealthy car enthusiasts, as the higher end trim models are the most sought-after versions.
In Bolivia, Ford F-series truck are imported from the United States. F-150 single, super cab and crew cab are available with short and long bed. F-series Heavy Duty like F-250, F-350 are available in Super Cab and Crew cab with long bed, but the F-450 is available only in a chassis version. The F-150 Raptor is available, too.
In Australia, Ford F-series trucks are imported and converted to right-hand drive by several Australian importers, mostly by the Harrison Motoring Group, which as become the largest importer of F-Series vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere. Harrison F-Trucks have become Australia’s number one converter and supplier of the famous Ford F-Series badges.
In the United Kingdom, most imported Ford F-Series trucks are the F-150 model in LHD, and usually the higher-end four door versions.
The addition of the 3.0l V6 turbo diesel engine could potentially make the Ford F-150 go global and in both LHD and RHD from the factory.
The truck won the San Felipe 250 eight times between 1999 and 2007.
The F-Series represents Ford in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Greg Biffle won the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship, being the only Ford driver to do so. Ford also won the Manufacturers’ Championship in 1999 and 2000.
Drivers such as Roger Norman and Larry Roeseler won the Primm 300 in 2003, 2007 and 2008.
In 2008, Ford announced its entrance into the Baja 1000 class-eight race for moderately modified, full-size pickups. The driver of record was Steve Oligos, supported by co-drivers Randy Merritt, Greg Foutz, and Bud Brutsman. The vehicle was built with collaboration between the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Ford Racing, and Foutz Motorsports, Inc. The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R completed the 2008 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race in 25.28:10, and ranked third in its class.Tavo Vildosola and Gus Vildosola won the event in 2010.
In the Best in the Desert race series, an F-150 SVT Raptor R completed the “Terrible’s 250” race, placing second overall in the class 8000.
In January 2010, a single Raptor SVT (No. 439), driven by Chilean driver Javier Campillay, competed in the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally. However, the pickup was unable to finish due to a catch-up crash with another car in the middle of the road during stage seven. In January 2011, two Raptors started in the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires, with Campillay driving the more reliable Raptor (No. 375), and American female driver Sue Mead driving a T2 Raptor (No. 374). Mead crossed the finish line in Buenos Aires and won the “super production” class, the first North American class win in Dakar history. Campillay was unable to finish the 12th stage after losing time due to mechanical failure during the 11th stage, which led to his disqualification for failing to reach the race camp by the designated deadline.
The Ford F-150 is commonly used as a police truck. They are primarily used to patrol off-road areas such as mountains, forests, flooded areas, shorelines, and beaches, where a standard police car has difficulty maneuvering. In addition, they are often used for transporting SWAT teams and can even have facilities to securely detain and transport a small number of suspects. Other common police uses include equipping the truck with cages for animal control or using them to transport mounted units or police boats.
Awards and recognition
The Ford F-150 has won numerous awards; in 2009 alone, it received:
- Motor Trend 2009 Truck of the Year Award
- 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com
- Top honors as the “truck of Texas” as well as the “best luxury pickup” for the 2009 F-150 King Ranch from Texas Auto Writers Association
- Automotive Excellence Award in the Workhorse Category from Popular Mechanics
- “Top safety pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its standard safety technology: safety canopy side curtain air bags and AdvanceTrac with roll stability control
- Residual Value Award from Automotive Leasing Guide (ALG) for retaining the highest percentage of its original price among 2009 full-size light-duty pickups at the end of a conventional three-year lease, based on ALG projections
- Motor Trend‘s Truck Trend Top 5 Pickups from Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) for 2009 Ford F-150 Heavy Duty DeWalt Contractor Concept
- Accessory-Friendly Pickup Design Award from SEMA
- “Best overall half-ton pickup” from PickupTrucks.com
Quantities of Ford F-Series trucks sold
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- “Ford’s Best Selling Pickups Add More Features For 2008”. Truck Trend. May 25, 2007.
- “Auto sales reach six-year high of 15.6 million vehicles sold, Ford F-Series takes the cake”. New York Daily News. January 6, 2014. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014.
- Cato, Jeremy (March 25, 2010). “Top 10 best-selling vehicles”. The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010.
- Priddle, Alisa (March 15, 2018). “Future of Ford is Filled With Cream Mustangs, Trucks, Off-Road SUVS”. Motor Trend.
- This F-series Ranger is distinct from compact Ford Ranger series of pickup trucks introduced in 1983 for North America, although the latter used technology from the full-size trucks, such as the Twin I-Beam front suspension on two-wheel-drive models and Twin Traction Beam suspension on four-wheel-drive.
- Cluczyk, Barry (December 2012). “Ford F-150 – Boosting The EcoBoost”. Truckin’ Magazine.
- Tellem, Tori (May 27, 2014). “Five Ford Vehicles Made the 200,000-Mile List”. Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
- Korzeniewski, Jeremy (January 13, 2014). “2015 Ford F-150 brings big aluminum to the Rust Belt [w/video]”. Autoblog. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- “2015 Ford F-150 First Look”. Motor Trend. January 12, 2014. Archived from the original on December 17, 2015.
- Thompson, Joshua (January 10, 2017). “Ford F-150 (2018 facelift, 13th generation) photos”. BetweenTheAxles.net.
- Felipe, Mariechris (January 10, 2017). “Big Ones In Detroit: Ford F-150, GMC Terrain, Volkswagen Atlas And Chevrolet Traverse To Be Presented”. Auto World News.
- “2018 Ford F-150 Specs, Engine – 2017 / 2018 Pickup Trucks”. PickupTrucks2017. April 1, 2016. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017.
- Panait, Mircea (January 8, 2017). “2018 Ford F-150 Debuts New Engines: 3.0L Power Stroke V6 Diesel, 3.3L Ti-VCT V6”. Autoevolution. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- “2018 Ford F-150 Pickup: Tougher, Smarter, More Capable Than Ever”. Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Katakis, Manoli (January 8, 2017). “2018 Ford F-150 Revealed, Bears New Looks, Diesel Engine”. Ford Authority. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Brzozowski, Aaron (December 22, 2016). “We Wonder: Will The Ford F-150 Diesel Adopt The ‘Power Stroke’ Moniker?”. Ford Authority. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- “2018 Ford F-150”. Car and Driver. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- “2018 Ford F-150”. IIHS. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- Lin, Kelly (May 29, 2020). “Mark Your Calendars: The 2021 Ford F-150 Debuts on June 25”. Motor Trend. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- Paukert, Chris. “2021 Ford F-150 debuts Thursday with Denis Leary, here’s how to watch”. Roadshow. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
- “2021 Ford F-150 First Look Review: Best-Seller Gets a Stealth Redesign”. MotorTrend. June 26, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
- Hoffman, Connor (June 26, 2020). “2021 Ford F-150 Pickup Is Less of an Overhaul Than We Expected”. Car and Driver. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
- Lorio, Joe (June 10, 2020). “Electric Ford F-150 and Transit EV coming ‘within 24 months‘“. AutoBlog. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- Benjamin, Hunting (December 17, 2019). “Ford SVT Lightning Perfected the Modern Muscle Truck Formula”. Driving Line. Nitto Tire. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
- “New 2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150: tough truck with cool attitude; new details, inside and out”. Ford Motor Company. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- Lingeman, Jake (February 6, 2017). “Molehills out of Mountains”. Autoweek: 20–22.
- Golfen, Bob (July 16, 2019). “Ford Raptor romps off road, while still remaining civilized”. Classic Cars Journal.
- “History of the Ford King Ranch”. Blue Oval Trucks.
- “RIP: Lincoln Mark LT”. Inside Line. September 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
- Ruffo, Gustavo Henrique (July 23, 2019). “Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Truck Tows 1 Million Pounds: Video”. Inside EVs.
- “1950-1959 Ford Trucks”. HowStuffWorks. June 20, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
- “1950-1959 Ford Trucks”. HowStuffWorks. June 20, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
- “Ford SVT F-150 Raptor R to enter Baja 1000”. Ford Motor Company. November 26, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- Phillips, Drew (November 25, 2008). “Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R completes inaugural run of Baja 1000”. Autoblog. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- “2008 Baja 1000 class results”. Pedaltothefloor.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
- “2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor R Captures Podium Finish; Pricing Announced”. Ford Trucks. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- Showers, David (March 10, 2020). “City board OKs new vehicles for police department”. Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- Kennah, Olivia (February 6, 2020). “Green River Police Department Adds Truck to Fleet”. Sweetwater Now. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- “NSW Police Marine Command adds RAM 1500 to rescue fleet”. Exhaust Notes. March 23, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
- “2009 Ford F-150 Awards”. Ford Motor Company. December 16, 2008. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- “Pickups and sport utility sales continue to climb in the United States”. Ford Motor Company. February 8, 1999. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
- “Ford Motor Company Sets New Full Year U.S. Sales Record”. TheAutoChannel.com. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- “Ford Motor Company’s December U.S. Sales Climb 8.2 Percent” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 30, 2011.
- “Ford’s F-Series Truck Caps 22nd Year in a Row as America’s Best-Selling Vehicle With a December Sales Record”. TheAutoChannel.com. November 17, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- “Ford Achieves First Car Sales Increase Since 1999”. TheAutoChannel.com. November 17, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- “2007 sales”. Ford Motor Company. January 3, 2008. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.
- “F-Series drives ford to higher market share for third consecutive month” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. January 5, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
- “Ford caps 2009 with 33 percent sales increase, first full-year market share gain since 1995” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. January 5, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
- “Ford’s 2010 Sales Up 19 Percent – Largest Increase of Any Full-Line Automaker; Foundation Set for Growth in 2011”. PR Newswire. January 4, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- “Strong car sales drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada”. Ford Motor Company. January 4, 2011. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- “Ford is top-selling automaker in Canada for three consecutive years”. Ford Motor Company (Press release). January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- “Ford Motor Company Delivers Best Sales Year Since 2006; Ford Is Top Brand with Records for Fiesta, Fusion, Escape” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 26, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- “Ford Posts Best U.S. December Sales Results since 2005; Ford Once Again Best-Selling Brand and Best-Selling Vehicle” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- “Top 10: Best-selling new vehicles in Canada”. Driving.ca. January 20, 2015.
- “New Products Make Ford America’s Best-Selling Brand for Sixth Straight Year; F-Series No. 1 Vehicle for 34 th Year” (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- “Best-Selling Pickup Trucks: December 2016”. PickupTrucks.com. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
- Cain, Timothy (January 4, 2017). “Top 11 Best-Selling Pickup Trucks In Canada – 2016 Year End”. GoodCarBadCar.net. Retrieved January 5, 2017.