This year, Ford F-150 4x2 V-8 models can be ordered with Traction Assist to improve acceleration and stability on slippery surfaces. In addition, a 20-in. wheel is available on FX4, Lariat and King Ranch editions. Later in the model year, the SuperCrew will become available with a 6.5-ft. cargo box. Also later in the model year, a flex-fuel version of the 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine will be available that can use up to 85% ethanol.
The F-250 and F-350 offer more package choices. All engines benefit from electronic throttle control, which provides economy and performance benefits. For commercial users who need elevated engine speed to run aftermarket power take-off (PTO) systems, the “stationary elevated idle control" feature is available on all models.
The 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.
Super Duty transmissions include the rugged six-speed manual and the TorqShift five-speed automatic.
The TowCommand System includes the industry's first factory-installed and warranted electronic trailer brake controller. This includes a special trailer brake strategy when the truck's anti-lock braking system detects poor traction. The TowCommand System also includes the TorqShift transmission with tow-haul mode and telescoping trailer tow mirrors.
The Sierra 1500 is now available with a new extended cab/short box configuration. Available with two- or four-wheel drive, the extended cab design is matched with a 5-ft. 8-in. box – the same as Crew Cab models – giving customers three bed choices: short, standard and long.
Towing will be enhanced on several models with the VortecMAX Performance Package. It is designed to increase the towing capability of four-wheel-drive models of the Sierra 1500 extended cab/standard-length box and Sierra 1500 Crew Cab. The package includes a high-output Vortec 6000 engine rated at 345 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, 17-in. wheels, a heavy-duty trailering package, new 9.5-in. rear axle and automatic locking differential.
Diesel vehicles equipped with the new Allison 1000 six-speed transmission feature cruise control grade braking. Working in harmony with the tow/haul mode, the cruise grade braking system will automatically downshift to help maintain the pre-selected cruise speed when driving on downhill grades. A new low-traction mode also is standard on diesel-powered vehicles. When the driver selects second gear while stopped and wheel slip occurs, the transmission torque-manages the engine to limit tire slip.