Truck Wars: Ford Ups Ante with ’07 F-150
Most likely in preparation for the new GMT-900 trucks from GM, Ford has decided to give its latest F-150 a refresh. Seems they won’t be letting this one rot on the vine and aren’t about to give-up their title of best truck just yet.
Most notable changes is the addition of packages and trim levels, such as the FX2 Sport Package with chrome exhaust tip, special captain’s chairs, body-color bumpers and 18-inch or optional 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Powertrain options for the post-update F-150 will be as follows: 4.2-liter V6, 4.6-liter Triton V8 and the top 5.4-liter, 24-valve Triton V8 that makes 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a flex-fuel version that uses up to 85 percent ethanol.
They have also gone ahead with the adding of popular industry options that were lacking in the previous F-150, such as DVD-based navigation, an audio input jack for iPods and the like and an overhead rail system, allowing you to customize your overhead storage.
- New FX2 Sport Package is available on 4×2 SuperCab and SuperCrew XLT
- Best-in-class towing capacity of 10,500 lbs
- Best-in-class payload of 3,050 lbs
- New grille on XLT and Lariat models; new chrome grille surround on XLT models
- Available 5.4-liter E-85-capable flexible fuel V-8
- 4.6-liter V-8 horsepower increases from 231 to 248
- New available DVD-based navigation radio with in-dash screen
- Available SIRIUS satellite radio
- A new auxiliary audio input jack standard on STX, XLT, FX and Lariat
- Deluxe mirror package now includes self-dimming driver side mirror
- Tire pressure monitoring system now standard on all models (except heavy duty payload package)
- Power-folding exterior mirrors available on FX4 and Lariat
- Enhanced XLT and Lariat chrome packages feature new grilles
- Enhanced seat comfort and support
- Factory-installed accessories include chrome slip-on exhaust tip and chrome bug shield
- Six new exterior colors include Pueblo Gold, Redfire, Dark Blue Pearl, Forest Green and White Sand Tri-Coat
Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling full-size pickup for 29 years, is the culmination of more than 55 years of Built Ford Tough reliability, power and presence. Ford F-150 sets the industry standard for toughness, strength, safety, interior spaciousness, refinement, driving dynamics, stability, functionality, cargo capacity, comfort and style.
Ford adds to an unmatched lineup of more than 60 unique F-Series offerings with a new FX2 Sport Package available on 4×2 XLT SuperCab or Super Crew with a Styleside box for the 2007 model year. It includes a dark accent billet-style grille insert with body color grille surround, unique 18-inch aluminum wheels, available 20-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, fog lamps, unique captain’s chairs with center console and floor-mounted shifter, and a body color front bumper, rear bumper, door and tailgate handles.
Ford also has upgraded the F-150 line for 2007 with a long list of new options, features and equipment, including a tire pressure monitoring system, enhanced seats, new factory-installed accessories and new colors.
The Ford F-150 continues to offer the industry’s widest variety of body configurations, including three cab choices, three box lengths, two box styles and five unique series: the entry-level F-150 XL, fun and athletic F-150 STX, all-purpose F-150 XLT, powerful F-150 FX4, and the luxurious F-150 Lariat – to which the King Ranch version adds even more luxury. All cabs feature four doors for easy access.
With a maximum tow rating of 10,500 pounds when properly equipped and maximum payload capacity of 3,050 pounds, the F-150 is the most capable full-size pickup under 8,500 pounds. It is built in Norfolk, Va., Kansas City, Mo. and in Dearborn, Mich.
Design and Equipment
Tall-shouldered and proud, the F-150 profile features a self-assured, “planted” stance. The bold front end conveys strength with quad-circle-styled headlamps, designed in clusters, and incorporates a wrap-around fascia treatment that communicates refined sophistication and precision. The front doors feature Ford’s signature stepped-down truck beltline.
Inside, F-150 boasts passenger comfort and head-turning style. Three different instrument cluster designs give each series a distinctive look. All models feature an upscale two-tone instrument panel.
The flow-through center console gives customers the option of two captain’s chairs with a floor shifter on FX4 and Lariat models. The floor shifter, another F-150 first, is a sophisticated design, detailed in warm steel and chrome. Vehicles equipped with a 40/20/40-split-front-bench seat have a different instrument panel center stack optimized for middle-passenger legroom.
The F-150 offers the industry-first modular overhead rail system that allows owners to customize interior storage options to suit their individual needs. With it, occupants may easily snap in additional modules, such as first-aid kits, toolboxes, flashlights and two-way radio holders.
Additional features that are new for 2007 include an auxiliary audio input jack and DVD-based navigation system. Freshened XLT and Lariat chrome packages feature a chrome grille, 18-inch chrome wheels, 5-inch chrome tubular running boards, chrome exhaust tip and chrome mirror caps (Lariat).
A chrome bug shield and chrome slip-on exhaust tip are two new factory-ordered accessories available on all models, in addition to a marine carpet bed rug.
Powertrain and Chassis
F-150 offers three engine choices: a 4.2-liter V-6 engine, a 4.6-liter Triton™ V-8 and the top-of-the-line 5.4-liter, three-valve Triton V-8.
The 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine is designed with three valves per cylinder, variable cam timing and a host of other features that provide increased power along with a quieter operation and improved fuel efficiency. It delivers 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. A flex-fuel version that can use up to 85 percent ethanol is also available.
Segment-first torque-based electronic throttle control uses driver input from the accelerator pedal to actively modulate the torque at the drive wheels. The technology produces a seamless and consistent engine response, improved fuel economy and enhanced integration of vehicle systems, such as the transmission, variable camshaft timing, vehicle speed control and idle speed control.
Engineering advances in the F-150 lead to exceptional handling, ride and quietness. The fully boxed frame with hydroformed front rails is the strongest in its class and reduces shake and shudder on rough roads. Liquid-filled engine mounts, or “hydromounts,” on the V-8 engine stifle much of the engine’s noise and vibration before it can reach the passenger compartment.
A rack- and-pinion steering system – the largest and strongest ever used on a Ford vehicle – was engineered to provide excellent steering response.
Both 4×2 and 4×4 models use coil-on-shock, long-spindle, double-wishbone front suspension. The suspension reduces unsprung weight to help provide better ride and stability on choppy, broken surfaces.
The Hotchkiss-design rear suspension has been optimized with rear shock absorbers placed outboard of the frame rails – a segment exclusive – for a smoother ride and improved control of body lean. The shock position also provides better control of axle “skipping” and “skating” that can happen on washboard-type surfaces.
Safety and Security
The strong hydroformed front frame rails are built to help manage crash forces. In an impact, these areas of the frame are designed to collapse in an accordion fashion, dissipating energy before it reaches the passenger compartment.
As a result, F-150 is the only pickup in its class to earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-star rating for driver and right-front-passenger frontal crash rating and receive a “Good” rating in frontal offset crash testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The F-150’s portfolio of safety features includes the Ford Personal Safety System® and occupant-sensing technology for the first-row passenger. Whether it’s a pair of work gloves, a child or an adult sitting there, the technology determines if the air bag should be on or off. The frontal air bags offer multiple deployment levels that tailor inflation force to the severity of the crash, the driver’s safety-belt use and the driver’s seat position, as determined by a sensor mounted to the seat track.
Four-wheel, vented-disc, anti-lock brakes are standard. F-150 4×2 V-8 models can be ordered with Traction Assist to improve acceleration and stability on slippery surfaces.
Major Features and Options
XL includes: Argent front and rear bumpers; black grille and front fascia; interval wipers; 17-inch steel wheels; air conditioning (SuperCab); AM/FM audio system; black vinyl floor covering; interior map lights and vinyl 40/20/40-split-front seat with manual driver lumbar support.
STX adds: Body-color front and rear step bumpers and grille surround; air conditioning (Regular Cab); AM/FM audio system with single CD player and cloth 40/20/40-split-front seat with manual driver lumbar support.
XLT adds: Chrome front and rear bumpers; black honeycomb grille insert; remote keyless entry; power exterior mirrors; automatic headlamps; carpeting and floor mats; power locks and windows; privacy glass; outside temperature and compass display and premium cloth 40/20/40-split-front seat with manual driver lumbar support.
FX4 adds: Body-color front and rear bumpers (with monotone paint) or Dark Shadow Grey front and rear bumpers (with two-tone paint); black “bar style” grille insert; wheel-lip moldings; 18-inch machined cast aluminum wheels; keyless entry keypad; black leather-wrapped steering wheel; black rubber off-road floor mats; sport cloth 40/20/40-split-front seat with manual driver and passenger lumbar support.
Lariat adds: Chrome (monotone) or Arizona Beige (two-tone) front and rear bumpers; chrome grille surround with Light Arizona Beige honeycomb insert; power heated side mirrors with integral turn signal; 18-inch bright aluminum wheels; electronic automatic temperature control; rear window defroster; carpeting and floor mats; message center with trip computer; leather-wrapped steering wheel with duplicate controls; power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather-trimmed seating surfaces.
Selected options include: SIRIUS satellite radio; auxiliary audio input jack; navigation system; overhead rail storage system; traction assist; power-fold heated side mirrors; mechanical or automatic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive; skid plates; limited slip axle; 35.7-gallon fuel tank; fog lamps; two-tone paint; various appearance upgrade packages; power-adjustable pedals; power-sliding rear window; reverse sensing system; six-disc CD changer; audiophile audio system; heavy-duty payload package; trailer tow package; snow-plow prep package; work truck package and rear-seat entertainment system.