Although the 2009 F-150 was originally previewed to the public at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, problems at Ford delayed the truck’s rollout until just days before press time for this article. There are rumors of several contractor-friendly tech features on the truck, but in the absence of any in-depth information or a test-drive, we’ll have to save reporting on those details for a future issue.
According to preliminary information, the new F-150 will offer standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control, an available Rearview Camera Assist, and an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. Under the hood, the new F-150 will be powered by three gas-powered V-8 engines, mated to either a four-speed or a new fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Diesel and EcoBoost gas turbo direct injection engines are planned for the F-150 in 2010 as well.
With three cab styles, four box options and seven unique trim levels, the 2009 F-150 comes in 35 different configurations. The interior of the F-150 SuperCrew model offers a 6-inch stretch that improves rear seat leg room and cargo capacity, along with a flat load-floor that provides 57.6 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.