When it comes
to storage, there are large door pockets, bottle holders, bins and cubbyholes.
It’s nice to see that truck owners are afforded the same amenities
as sedan buyers.
we’ve yet to drive the F-150 or spend a considerable amount of time
inside, every Ford truck employee at the backgrounder event in Detroit
kept telling us how impressed we’re going to be when we are finally
allowed behind the wheel. One of the reasons they kept repeating that
was because of the extensive attention to noise reduction inside the cabin.
to Chris Kolarik, F-150 noise, vibration, and harshness supervisor, “Quietness
is perhaps the most influential factor in perceived quality and overall
on that point. No matter how pretty the vehicle is inside and out, if
all you are aware of is wind, tire, road and engine noise, the rest is
a waste of money, regardless if it’s in a car or a truck. Ford’s
approach to NVH reduction was holistic, incorporating all the elements
of design, manufacturing processes, and attention to detail. Going by
Ford’s numbers, the F-150 is dramatically quieter than the previous
model, even when tested on rough country roads at moderate speeds.
To help reduce
noise, the F-150 features fully inset doors with improved double door
seals, thicker front side glass, reduced body leakage, structural adhesives
in the floor, improved body isolation, and liquid-filled engine mounts
that help reduce engine vibration.
Ford is using in the F-150 is Quiet Steel. Basically, Quiet Steel is two
pieces of steel that sandwich a piece of plastic laminate. It dramatically
reduces noise and vibration, and is used on the dash panel, as well as
the oil pan to help with interior cabin quietness. Quiet Steel is being
used on many of the Lincoln products, including Aviator, Navigator, Town
Car and LS, and few would question how well the laminated steel is helping
to reduce NVH in that luxury lineup.
noise can be good, especially when it’s your favorite tunes coming
from the audio system. The F-150 offers five different sound systems.
The XL comes with a standard AM/FM radio with clock; the STX, XLT and
FX4 feature a standard premium AM/FM tuner with single CD player and clock;
and the Lariat features a dual-media AM/FM/cassette/CD unit, which is
optional on the other trim levels. Optional on the STX, FX4 and Lariat
is a 300-watt audiophile system with six-disc in-dash CD changer, two-way
front door speakers with crossover, 8-inch subwoofer, and custom digital
signal processing equalizer.
On the three
top-end models, for state-of-the-art enjoyment, Ford has made available
a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system that consists of a 7-inch flip-down
LCD monitor, rear seat audio controls, handheld remote and DVD player.
The video and audio jacks in the system allow rear seaters to plug and
play their PlayStations and XBoxes, as well.
or, Let’s Get Down to Business
seen from the Pickuptruck.com diesel shootout, the proof of the pudding
is in the performance. While Ford has incorporated a plethora of unique
features into the exterior and interior of the truck, as they say, you
ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
A lot of
the F-150’s development cash went into the powerplants, both in
refinement and technological development. Two engine choices will be available
for the truck: a carryover but refined 4.6-liter Triton V-8 and an all-new
4.6-liter Triton powerplant puts out the same horsepower and torque as
the previous model, but incorporates new features like reduced emissions,
fuel-injection refinements and reliability improvements. The new fuel-injection
system on the 4.6 has fewer components because it is a returnless design.
The system generates less gas vapor, and the stainless steel fuel rail
is damper-less, so it’s quieter, as are the new injectors. The horsepower
remains at 231 at 4750 rpm, and torque at 293 lb-ft at 3500 revs. The
XL model comes standard with the 4.6-liter, making the F-150 the only
full-size truck to offer a V-8 engine as standard equipment.