Ford’s all new 2015 F-150 is still burning through dealership lots, but engineers have already buttoned up plans for the company’s 2016 models.
America’s best-selling truck for 38 years will add Pro Trailer Backup Assist next model year along with SYNC 3 – Ford’s newest communications and entertainment system – and Special Edition Packages for XLT and Lariat.
The 2016 Ford F-150 equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine will also offer a gaseous-fuel prep option, making it the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.
Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway.
The segment-first technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed.
Leveraging advanced camera technology, Ford engineers developed the system and tested it for almost a decade. Along the way, Ford earned five patents for the technology, with 10 more pending.
The Special Edition Packages for XLT and Lariat add all-new unique 20-inch premium anodized dark-painted aluminum wheels with red sport lettering, black running boards, smoked headlamps, unique bodyside graphics and badging, special edition seats with Alcantara inserts, red contrast stitching and red bolsters, and unique red stitching on the steering wheel, transmission gear selector boot and instrument panel. This package also features a dark anodized grille with black mesh on XLT while the Lariat dark anodized grille receives red accents.
The SYNC 3 featured on the 2016 F-150 features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance and capacitive touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC 3 replaces Sync with MyFord Touch.
Moving around Ford’s color wheel, Shadow Black will replace Tuxedo Black and Lithium Gray replaces Guard Metallic. Also, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted silver pockets will be available on XL trim levels.
The 2016 F-150 has up to 5 cameras for 360 view and Lane Keeping Assist.