Truck: 2012 Ford F-150
By Mike LevinePosted:
03-04-08 23:06 PT
© 2008 PickupTruck.com, Mark
did a pretty good job back
in January 2007 figuring out what the 2009
Ford F-150 would look
like (well, at least one of the versions), we're taking out our crystal
ball again (Mark, you sure you're ok in there?) for a speculative look
ahead at the next F-150.
are major changes and upgrades, the 2009 Ford F-150 isn't an
all new truck. It's more like a strong kick-off to a three
year journey that will totally transform America's
best selling vehicle by the time the next-generation 2012 F-150 arrives.
rumors and official information say the F-150
will receive three new engines by 2010 - a twin turbo 3.7-liter V6
EcoBoost gasoline direct injection (GDI) motor, a 6.2-liter naturally
aspirated "BOSS" V8, and a 4.4-liter V8 diesel. When these engines
arrive, we're expecting the legacy two- and three-valve 4.6-liter gas
V8s will be retired.
2009 Ford F-150 has a taller hood just to make the truck look tougher?
Nope, there's also a brawny new twin turbo version of the BOSS V8 on
the way by 2011 that's going to need all the space it can get to accommodate
its taller profile.
of these new gas and diesel engines is improved performance and fuel
engines aren't going to be enough to put the F-150 on the right trajectory
to hit the tough new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) law, which
mandates a fleet wide vehicle average of 35-miles-per-gallon by 2020.
American design director, Peter Horbury, told Automotive
News that the F-150 design team is also trying to figure out how
to make the truck more aerodynamic - including "active aerodynamic
elements" that work while the truck is moving and a laid back
A-pillar, similar to the current Nissan Titan.
of all these prognostications are the sleek renderings you see on
F-150 will have all-new sheetmetal, and we're expecting major changes
to the frame for weight savings and manufacturing flexibility (more
on this item another time).
vents on the top of the hood in the lower picture, to help cool the
twin turbo EcoBoost BOSS V8. We also expect an automatic retractable
tonneau cover to help smooth airflow over the bed, particularly when
the cargo box is empty.
F-150 buyers want their trucks to look tough. It's the
reason why the company strengthened the exterior of the 2004 F-150
when it moved on from the 1996-2003 model. Will
swoopy aerodynamics and fuel economy regulations trump "toughness"?