Ford is upgrading its beloved F-Series pickup trucks for 2012. The new 2012 Ford F-150 gets both styling and performance upgrades, which feature a more powerful and efficient engine and a few new parts for the exterior and interior.
Starting with the performance upgrade, all 2012 F-150 4X4 models are equipped with a range of EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8 engines: The 3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine makes 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, with 3,060 pounds payload capacity and 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow; the 3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6 engine produces 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, with 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow while providing 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway (4×2); the 5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8 engine produces 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, with 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow while providing 21 mpg highway and 15 mpg city (4×2); and lastly is the top-dog 6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8 engine, it makes 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, with 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow while providing 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway (4×2).
All 2012 Ford F-150 models come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmissions as standard, and have the ability to be flat-towed in neutral along with electronic locking rear differential and the Hill Start Assist.
The 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum pickup trucks are equipped with a new four-wheel drive system that includes an automatic mode to augment its four modes in each range. While the 2012 F-150 EcoBoost 4X4 model gets a new 36-gallon fuel tank to provide a driving range of 756 miles.
The most attractive model is the 2012 Ford F-150 FX model, it gets a styling package that adds new flat black stripe graphic, red badging, unique head- and tail-lamps, chrome exhaust tip, a black grille, and a new set of 20-inch black wheel. The FX package also adds new touches to the interior, which now comes with black leather seating surfaces with red trim, red-stitched steering wheel, black and satin-metallic accents, and heated/cooled front seats.
“The new FX package delivers a distinctive style that truck buyers are looking for without compromising on any of the F-150’s rugged qualities,” said Raj Sarkar, F-150 Marketing manager. “It expands our range of specialty vehicles with custom elements that customers previously could find only in the aftermarket.”