New F-Series

The Ford F-Series refers to a line of pickup trucks whose beginnings reach nearly as far back as the Model T. In the time that has passed since, the F-Series has gone through over a dozen generations, numerous physical evolutions, and myriad technological advancements. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is its reputation for ruggedness and innovation. Indeed, today, when consumers buy an F-Series vehicle, they know to expect something great.

Early Innovations

The year 1908 saw the introduction of the Ford Model T, the first mass-produced vehicle that was affordable enough to reach a wide audience. Just nine years later, Ford would adapt the Model T by attaching a large, heavy frame to its rear, thereby creating its second major innovation: the Model TT. It was not only Ford's first-ever mass-produced pickup truck but also a proto-F-Series vehicle. With a one-ton payload capacity, it was the early version of a rugged workhorse. And like the F-Series, it would inspire imitators.

Having catalyzed a boom in the pickup segment, Ford followed up on the Model TT with the Model AA in 1927. The new offering boasted a heavier chassis and dual wheelbases. Significantly, the Model AA was a bit of a forerunner in the history of pickup trucks in terms of its versatility. Owners of the vehicle used it not only for work but also for everyday motoring, much like today's F-Series trucks have utility beyond the job site.

Another of Ford's early pickup trucks was the Model 50. Successful though it was, its production would cease so that Ford, like other manufacturers, could support military production during World War II. However, after the war ended, Ford would thunder back into the pickup segment with the first generation with the formal introduction of the F-Series: the F-1 through the F-8. It was this line of hardy vehicles that would truly help the menial pickup truck to find a place in the general American automotive landscape. 

The Birth of an Icon

Believe it or not, but five generations of F-Series trucks would pass before the world ever saw the flagship nameplate of the Ford brand. First, the models in the lineup went through a number of minor evolutions. F-1 through F-3 became the F-100, F-250, and F-350, respectively. The interior took on comforts such as armrests, dome lights, and sun visors. The bulky, rounded design gave way to the more modern sharper angles. Then, finally, in 1975, Ford released the F-150, which would go on to supplant the F-100 as the brand's base F-Series model.

The F-Series Today

Today, the F-Series comprises the famed F-150 and the broad Super Duty series that was introduced in the late 1990s. The F-150 remains Ford's flagship. It's not only the automaker's best-selling pickup truck but also the best-selling vehicle in general, with over 700,000 units sold in 2021.

Modern iterations of the F-150 are worlds apart from the 1975 original. Today's models offer more exterior bulk, more interior space, more power, and just more in general. Under the hood, you have your choice of multiple engines:

  • 3.3-liter V-6 (290 horsepower, 265 lb-ft of torque).
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 (325 horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque).
  • 5-liter V-8 (400 horsepower, 410 lb-ft of torque).
  • 3-liter Power Stroke V-6 (250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque).
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 (400 horsepower, 500 lb-ft of torque).
  • 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V-6 (430 horsepower, 570 lb-ft of torque).

Exteriorly, you can choose between three cab configurations and three bed lengths. Depending on your specific combination of powertrain and configuration, you're looking at a maximum payload of over 1.6 tons and a maximum towing capacity of 13,000 pounds.

For maximum ruggedness, you want one of the hyper-powered models found in the Super Duty line: the F-250, F-350, and F-450. For these, your powertrain options are a small variety of highly capable V-8 engines:

  • 6.2-liter V-8 (385 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque).
  • 7.3-liter V-8 (430 horsepower, 475 lb-ft of torque).
  • 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 (475 horsepower, 1,050 lb-ft of torque).

With Super Duty models, you have three cab configurations and two bed lengths. Payload and towing capacities vary depending on your specific configuration, but the maximum is close to 4 tons and over 32,000 pounds, respectively. If you need to get serious work done, the Super Duty series will surely satisfy your requirements. 

For all that ruggedness, Ford doesn't skimp when it comes to comfort, either. For both the F-150 and Super Duty models, you're getting some rather luxurious appointments. Higher-level trims feature premium materials, and the center cluster boasts a generously sized touchscreen, with an infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

An Electric Future

The future is electric, and the F-Series is already there. Ford's F-150 Lightning is an all-electric full-size pickup truck that may be one of the brand's biggest innovations since the Model TT over 100 years previous. The dual electric motor arrangement produces 452 to 580 horsepower and up to 775 lb-ft of torque, and it gets up to 320 miles on a single charge with the extended-range pack.

In addition to the electric advantages, you also still get the ruggedness associated with the F-150 name. The maximum payload exceeds a ton, and the maximum towing capacity is up to 7,700 pounds. With the Lightning model, you can get plenty of miles under its tires and work done behind.

Want to learn more about the Ford F-Series? We at Apple Ford of Red Lion love to talk shop with our customers. Feel free to drop us your questions by completing the form on our contact page, and we'll do our best to reach out to you as soon as we can. For a more immediate response, consider giving us a call at 866-965-0055.

Better yet, come on down to our dealership and get behind the wheel of an F-Series truck yourself. You can find us at 3250 Cape Horn Road right here in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. We're open six days a week, Monday through Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Our closing hours vary, so check our page to make sure you make it on time. While you're here, we'd be happy to show you other great models among our new Fords and used inventory.

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