What Changed for 2009:
- Ford's half-ton pickup is completely redesigned for 2009
- Ford family 3-bar grille design adapted
- Three cab styles, four box options, and 35 available configurations
- Increased horsepower, hauling and towing capacity
- Seven trim levels including a new luxury Platinum model
- Large selection of wheels-13 different offerings
- Three V-8-engines in lineup with 1-mpg better fuel efficiency
- Diesel and gasoline direct-injection turbocharged engines planned for 2010
- Available Sync and Sirius Travel Link
Just five years after its introducing the previous-generation F-150-a remarkably short product cycle by pickup truck standards-Ford has redesigned its large pickup truck for 2009. The redesign of the most popular vehicle in the U.S. market focused on three key factors: comfort, style and functionality. The F-150 has class-leading capability (11,300 pounds towing and 3,030 pounds payload) and unsurpassed fuel economy, averaging 21 mpg on the highway, according to the company. Ford also claims that over 1,000 engineers, designers, researchers and others worked on the full-size truck, and that the majority of their design inspiration came from talking to pickup owners. The new 2009 F-150 is being built in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri. The all-new model rolled off the assembly line in October for its expected arrival in showrooms before the end of the year.
The 2009 Ford F-150 builds on the truck's signature tough styling with cues from the rugged 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty
, including its powerful domelike hood. The new 3-bar grille matches other Ford family model designs, while squared off, jeweled headlights wrap into the edges of the fenders. The 3-bar theme is repeated in the sculpted tailgate.
The interior in the 2009 model offers more usable space than the previous F-150. Rear-seat leg room and the cargo area have been extended by 6 inches. More than 30 storage areas are built into the new truck. The second-row seat flips up and out of the way for extra room. When the second-row seat is flat, the new SuperCrew version provides 57.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats to haul large items as tall as 47.9 inches. Ford has redesigned the seats making them more comfortable, reworked the ergonomics of the console-mounted shifter, and reshaped the door panels to provide increased elbow room. New, larger buttons and switches are designed to be within easy reach. Since many pickup owners use their trucks as mobile offices, the front seat's center console has been lengthened by 2 inches, making it large enough to accommodate a pair of laptops, while ridges molded into the edges are sized to accommodate file folders. Ford claims that more than 30 separate storage areas have been built into the 2009 F-150's interior.Model lineup
The 2009 Ford F-150 pickup is available in the standard trim levels: base XL, mid-range XLT, high-end Lariat, King Ranch, sporty STX, and off-road FX4. In addition, Ford is introducing its most luxurious new top-of-the-line Platinum model. The Platinum is identified from the outside by a satin-chrome grille with mesh inserts and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The 2009 F-150 will be available with a regular cab, extended Super Cab, and full-size Super Crew cab. The Super Crew has been stretched by 6 inches and the B-pillars have been relocated for better visibility. The back seat features a flat floor and an articulated rear seat that can be folded against the back wall of the cab, an operation that Ford claims can be done with one hand.
On the inside, owners will find 10-way power-adjustable leather captain's chairs with "tuxedo stitching" and wood and brushed-aluminum trim. Ash wood grain accents and brushed aluminum panels give the dash, center console and doors an upscale look. For personal custom touches, the new F-150 features 12 different wheel designs, ranging from a simple 17-inch steel wheel for the F-150 XL to 16-spoke, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on the F-150 Platinum.
Optional side steps ahead of the rear wheel make it easier to load items into the tall bed; they slide under the truck at the touch of a button when not in use. A folding tailgate step, first offered on the 2008 Super Duty, will also be available on the 2009 F-150. Additional optional features include a cargo management system, tailgate bed extender, and the Midbox, which provides lockable storage with slide-out drawers between the cab and the bed.Powertrain
The 2009 F-150 rides on a new fully-boxed frame with 65.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity that delivers 10-percent more tensional rigidity, the automaker says, which allowed Ford engineers to improve the F-150's towing and hauling capabilities. The F-150 will initially be offered with a choice of three V-8 engines: the carryover, 2-valve 4.6-liter powerplant; a new 3-valve design 4.6-liter V-8; and the familiar 5.4-liter Triton V-8. The 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the 4.6-liter 2-valve gets a 4-speed automatic transmission. In 2010, Ford plans to add a turbo-diesel engine and a turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine to the F-150 lineup.
The EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 F-150 range from 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 2WD model with an 8-cylinder, 4.6-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission to 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway for the 4WD model with the 5.4-liter engine that can operate on E85 (10 mpg city/13 mpg highway).Safety
Standard safety features on the 2009 Ford F-150 include front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags, anti-lock brakes, and Ford's Roll Stability Control electronic stability control system with trailer sway control. A rearview camera is optional, as is an integrated electric trailer brake controller. This feature, which was first introduced on the F-series Super Duty, allows the driver to manually apply trailer brakes via a squeeze-type controller.
Although frontal offset, side- and rear-impact crash tests have not been conducted yet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) gives the 2009 F-150 a 4-star rollover rating with 2WD and a 3-star rollover rating with 4WD. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) awarded the 2009 F-150 a "Top Safety Pick" designation; the new Ford pickup with standard electronic stability control earns "Good" ratings in the Institute's frontal, side- and rear-impact tests.Technology
The Sync voice-activated, hands-free communications and entertainment system, designed with Microsoft, provides Bluetooth mobile phone compatibility, the ability to read and send text messages, and voice control of iPod and Zune music players. For 2009, the system comes with 911 Assist and a Vehicle Health Report. The optional voice-activated navigation system includes climate control and Sirius satellite radio in one easy system. It is displayed on an 8-inch touch screen. Sirius Travel Link, which provides real-time traffic and weather as well as gas prices at over 120,000 filling stations in the U.S. also is available. Also available is a Sony audio system that features 700 watts of power, surround sound, and 10 Sony speakers. Another new feature is Ford's capless fuel-filler system. According to the automaker, the system automatically seals itself shut when the fuel nozzle is removed, reducing smog-forming evaporative emissions, and eliminating the possibility of losing the gas cap, Ford says.
Available Trims for the 2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Truck
||4 speed automatic
|| 248-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl
||6 speed automatic
|| 292-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl
||6 speed automatic
|| 320-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl
||6 speed automatic
|| 320-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl