After a variety of important powertrain upgrades were made to it last year, America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, gets a tweaks for the 2013 model year. To announce the latest changes to its bread-and-butter workhorse, Ford headed down to one of the most truck-friendly states in the union: Texas.
For 2013, Ford's ongoing enhancements to the F-150 focus on refinement and technology. All F-150s get an updated front fascia with a new grille, and HID headlamps are optional for the first time. A selection of new 18 and 20-inch wheel designs are also part of the 2013 enhancements.
On the tech front, Ford Sync (the voice-operated communications and entertainment control interface) becomes standard on the XLT trim and higher. The MyFord Touch touchscreen infotainment system is now offered as well, and is standard on the more premium Lariat, King ranch, and new Limited models. Wired's Damon Lavrinc makes some excellent observations about how Ford approached this implementation.
Hill Descent Control, previously exclusive to the F-150 SVT Raptor off-road performance truck, is now available on the standard models. Powering the 2013 F-150 is the same engine lineup introduced for 2011, ranging from the base 3.7-liter and turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 powerplants to V8s displacing 5.0 or 6.2 liters.
Expect the 2013 Ford F-150 range to arrive on dealer lots soon. And if you're presently shopping for a truck, the outgoing 2012 models will probably receive some nice incentives to make room for the updated 2013 F-150.