F-150: A truckload of features

Gordon Platto
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The much-talked-about switch to an aluminum body and bed isn't the only story about Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup. Ford showed a smorgasbord of new features last week at the Detroit auto show.

The more closely you look at the new pickup, the more you see. The truck is festooned with LEDs, from the headlights and taillights to the spotlights that illuminate the bed. The shape is more aerodynamic, says Gordon Platto, F-150 chief designer, and there's more interior space for people and things.

Ford has increased the power in the truck's outlets to 110 volts and 400 watts from 110 volts and 150 watts in the current pickup.

Platto took Staff Reporter Bradford Wernle on a tour of some of the design elements and features of Ford's new pickup.


High-tech outside mirrors with camera, LEDs

Mirrors have two spotlights, one a "puddle light" for illuminating the area below the door and the other for illuminating the area around the truck. There's also a camera, one of four that make up Ford's 360-degree camera view system.


Bigger center console

The center console is nearly 2 inches wider than the console in the current truck and features a display that shows Ford's 360-degree camera view, an optional feature. On the console is a new beefier 400-watt power outlet so customers can charge tools more quickly.


New knobs

Just two years after Ford introduced MyFord Touch into the F-150, Ford has redesigned its knobs. Knobs shown here are on the top-of-the-line Platinum version. They have a textured brushed metal surface so drivers wearing gloves can grip them easily.


Toe-operated box-side step

Ford has offered the box-side step on its 6-foot-6-inch bed that allows easier access to the cargo bed. Now Ford is offering a new smaller version of the step on its 5-foot-6-inch box. The new step, operated with a touch of the toe, stores under the front of the bed instead of under the cab.


Cargo management system

Ford's new BoxLink system is designed to make cargo management simpler. The system uses metal brackets and cleats, which are mounted on both sides of the bed and are interchangeable. Also part of the system are optional ramps that can be attached to the tailgate to bring motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles up into the bed.


A step up

The next generation of Ford's tailgate step features a handle that is now integrated into the tailgate so owners have a flat work surface on the tailgate. The tailgate itself can be remotely locked and unlocked with the key fob.

You can reach Bradford Wernle at bwernle@crain.com.


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