Just last year, the Ford F-150 underwent a significant overhaul, and for 2016, the automaker has launched a few new bits to make the pickup even better.
Probably the coolest feature of them all is the available Pro Trailer Backup Assist. If you’ve ever tried backing a trailer into a parking space, you know that it requires serious finesse and a degree in geometry to get the right steering angle and so forth. Well, this system uses a knob that allows the driver to tell the truck what direction the trailer needs to go, and the F-150 handles the steering and limits the speed. All you need to do is control the throttle, brake, and the knob. I need to see a video of this to get a better idea of how it works, but on the surface, it sounds like a why-didn’t-they-think-of-that-before type of feature.
Also new for the 2016 model year is an Appearance Package for the XLT and Lariat trim levels. This package adds in all sorts of special goodies on the outside, like 20-inch anodized dark-painted wheels, red sport lettering, black running boards, smoked headlights, body-side graphics, and special badges. Also included is a dark anodized mesh grille on the XLT model, while the Lariat model gets the same grille, but with red accents.
Inside the cabin, this package tosses in special seats with Alcantara inserts, red contrast stitching and red bolsters, and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter boot and instrument panel.
Ford also added a compressed natural gas option for the 5.0-liter V-8 engine as part of the updates to the 2016 F-150.
After numerous complaints regarding the finicky Sync with MyFord Touch system, Ford has replaced it with the new Sync 3 system. This new system is part of the updates to the 2016 F-150 along with Shadow Black replacing Tuxedo Black as a color option, Lithium Gray replacing Guard Metallic, and available 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pocket for the XL trim.
Pricing and a release date for the 2016 F-150 should roll out soon.