2012 Ford F-150 gets the FX appearance package and fuel-efficient engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2011

Besides the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor unveiled earlier today, the American manufacturer also unveiled the 2012 Ford F-150, also known as the fuel-efficient and capable full-size pickup on the market. The most interesting thing found on the new vehicle is the new FX appearance package, which is available on both FX4 and FX2 trucks, delivering a unique look with stealthy, flat-black accents.

Moreover, the car features black fender and tailgate badges, while the interior features black-painted dash accents, brushed-metal surfaces, and satin shifter knob, door handles and air conditioning vent bezels.

Furthermore, the FX luxury package now offers cooled front seats, which combine with the previously available heated seats, while the design is completed by a new set of 20-inch six-spoke wheels with a flat-black paint. The drivetrain also received new upgrades, replacing last year’s electronic shift-on-the-fly with a two-speed automatic 4x4 system for Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels.

This system offers offers four high and four low modes, but now also offers a 4x4 auto mode. How it works? Well, if the system senses a loss of traction, it automatically transfers torque to the front wheels, making the system more seamless for the customer. The 2012MY F-150 will also offer the Hill Start Assist system, Additional updates include: Light-duty SuperCab 163-inch-wheelbase option on XL and XLT; Heavy-duty payload CrewCab 157-inch-wheelbase option on XL, XLT and Lariat; Electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 now standard on XL to FX4 trim levels.

Here are the highlights of the engines: 3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6: Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors; Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors; Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2); Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors. 5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8: Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors; Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors; 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2); Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors. 6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8: Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors; Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors; 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2);Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors. 3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost: 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel; Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors; Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm; Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors; Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors.

The Ford F150 leads its class when it comes to durability and capability, but the 2011 Ford F150 enhances these with top-notch performance and fuel economy. The Ford F-Series has been named as the best-selling truck in America for more than three decades. It now has an all-new powertrain that will provide you with the best horsepower, fuel economy and torque in its class.

Ford president of the Americas Mark Fields says that for the past 33 years, the F-150 is the only truck that people could rely on. Because of its Built Ford Tough philosophy, capability and durability, it has become the top choice for pickup truck buyers. For 2011, the carmaker is making the class-leading payload and towing capability better by adding a better engine that will help it have more fuel economy as well as help buyers become more productive.

There is now the 3.5 L Ecoboost, which will add to the three powertrains being used by the F-150. All of the four engines make use of a six speed automatic transmission. The American carmaker is the only and the first one to offer a six speed automatic transmission as standard for all of the pickups in its line.

Save more fuel with the electric power assisted steering to the three different powertrains: 5.0-liter V8, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 3.7-liter V6. The EPAS takes the place of the old hydraulic system that uses power from the engine. EPAS only draws power when necessary and also enables other technologies aimed at driver convenience. It gives you a better steering feel and Ford is the first one to offer it widely on full-sized pickups.

Ford director of large gas and diesel engine engineering Bob Fascetti says that the 2011 Ford F-150 gives their buyers the widest selection of powertrain solutions, but each one of these will deliver the best capabilities, fuel economy and power in its class, as well as convenience and features that the competition cannot beat.

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