Ford F-150 Through the Years

The Ford F-150 is part of Ford’s F Series that was launched in 1948. This series is made of medium-duty trucks and light-duty trucks. This line was referred to as the Bonus Built Line. If the Ford F-150 were a tennis player, then it would be Serena Williams because it is the best at kicking ass. The pickup debuted in 1975, and it has made more sales than other vehicles. By 2017, it had been reigning for 35 years together with its heavy-duty counterparts. The modern-day F-150 boasts of being one of the most advanced pickup trucks in terms of interior tech and comfort. Although it didn’t begin that way.


Where did the F-150 start?

The F-150 was introduced in 1975 during the sixth generation of the F-Series. The automaker made it so that it could split payload capacity between Ford F-250 and the F-100. Just like Jacob did to Esau in the Bible, the F-105 took the birth rite of the older F-100. The F-150 went on to become the automaker’s base full-size pickup in place of the F-100. In 1977, it became the United State’s best-selling vehicle. The seventh generation of the F-Series lasted between 1980 and 1986. The F-150 has changed a lot to what it is in the thirteenth generation between 2015 to the present. The changes have been in safety features, engines, and transmissions, comfort features, payload capacities, convenience features as well as body and interior styles.


What happened in the 80s?

In 1980, the pickups came with a more sleek design, with more legroom, a cleaner looking grill and a slanted rearward hood. The last F-100 was made in 1983. In 1986, the F-150 stopped having a three-speed column shift. In 1987, the F-Series line started coming with flush headlights and a more streamlined design. Ford also introduced standard anti-lock rear brakes into the car market. In 1988, five-speed units came in to replace four-speed manual gearboxes. The same year also saw fuel injection of all models engines.


What did the 90s offer?

In 1990, Ford introduced the Sport Appearance Package which had a tape stripe on the sides and fancy wheels. They also had a heavy-duty Service Package which offered skid plates, heavy-duty battery, and a high-capacity radiator. In 1992, the company brought an interior that kicked its opponents harder than Conor McGregor does in the UFC. The pickup had a more appealing interior thanks to its plusher door trims and seats. In 1993, they upgraded the safety features to offer a center third brake light, side door beams, and driver-side airbags. In 1998, Ford altered with the windshield of the F-150 to add a 50th Anniversary decal.


What about the 2000s?

In 2000, the company introduced the Harley-Davidson Edition of the F-150. It came with special leather trim, a 5.4 liter V-8, many Harley-Davidson emblems, and 20-inch chrome wheels. A Super Crew body style was adopted by the Harley Edition. In 2002, it came with a supercharged 340 hp 5.4 liter V-8. In 2003, the Heritage Edition had paint and pinstripes as well as special wheels. A totally redesigned platform was used in 2004. Adaptive Cruise Control was first introduced in the F-150 in 2015. It also lost 750 pounds after going with an aluminum body instead of its original steel body. In 2017, the F-150 became more capable, tougher and smarter. It featured features like Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, military-grade aluminum alloy body, and WiFi hotspot. In 2018, a 3.3L V6 came in to replace the original 3.5L V6. For the first time, the F-150 was fitted with a Powerstroke diesel engine as Ford brought a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 which delivered 250 hp.


What does the future hold?

The next generation of the F-150 will have a lot to offer since the automotive industry has been coming up with a lot of advanced technology. We expect the automaker to introduce new tech features while still maintaining the F-150’s trademark look and proven strengths.

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