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Ford Australia is gearing up to launch its biggest model yet – the full-sized F-150 – but a new version has already been confirmed for the US, making the yet-to-release local pick-up last year’s model.
Planned for a Detroit Auto Show debut later this week and launch in overseas markets early next year, glimpses of a new grille and headlights can be seen in a short video teaser where dust obscures much of the new F-150’s styling.
The exact extent of the changes to the facelifted 14th-generation model is still unclear, but fresh tail-lights can also be seen and Ford is calling the new F-150 the “new standard of tough and smart”.
Back in Australia, Ford is holding media drives of the F-150 next week for the two-variant line-up. The model was first launched in the US back in 2021.
The local F-150 will be right-hand drive remanufactured with the help of RMA Automotive, and still carry Ford’s factory-backed five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
With the engineering work already completed for the F-150, it lays a path forward for the facelifted version to arrive Down Under, and Ford Australia has confimed this new model will arrive in the future.
Two versions of the F-150 will be on offer locally, the entry XLT and top-spec Lariat, both available in short- and long-wheelbase configurations.
Pricing kicks off at $106,950, before on-road costs, for the XLT SWB, while the LWB version nudges that figure up to $107,945.
This undercuts the latest-generation Ram 1500 that starts at $119,950, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado priced from $121,000.
The F-150 Lariat meanwhile, sits at $139,945 and $140,945 for the SWB and LWB, respectively.
Regardless of trim level, all local F-150s are powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 producing 298kW/678Nm, which sends drive to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is pegged at 12.5 litres per 100km for both variants.
The powertrain also enables a payload capacity of 794kg and 710kg for the XLT and Lariat respectively, while maximum braked towing capacity is 4500kg.
Standard equipment includes 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber, an 18-inch spare, Ford’s unique ‘Zone’ exterior lighting, a locking tailgate, cloth interior, power-adjustable front seats, rear privacy glass and an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster.
Stepping up the Lariat adds LED headlights, chrome exterior accents, leather-accented steering wheel and interior, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a moonroof, interior ambient lighting, up-rated B&O 18-speaker sound system, and a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster.
The XLT’s multimedia system is displayed on an 8.0-inch touchscreen, while the Lariat features a 12.0-inch unit, but both feature digital radio, built-in satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support.
For safety, there’s autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, trailer sway control, a reversing camera with rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring, while the Lariat adds adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and a surround-view monitor.
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