Ford upgrades F-150 pickup for 2012

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck has been around since 1948 and is now in its 12th generation. For 2012, the popular pickup receives significant upgrades to improve its market appeal.

A new FX appearance package is available on FX4 and FX2 trimmed 2012 F-150s. It includes fender and tailgate badges, flat-black accents, and red stitching on the steering wheel. 2012 FX interiors are also outfitted with black leather seats with red piping, black dashboard accents, brushed-metal surfaces and a satin shifter knob. Additionally, the FX luxury package now adds cooled front seats for 2012.

Apart from exterior and interior accenting, 2012 F-150s with the FX package also get flat-black 20-inch six-spoke wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, a black grille, and tinted headlights and taillights.

"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."

All 2012 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trimmed models now feature a 2-speed automatic 4x4 system in place of last year's shift-on-the-fly unit. Traditional 4-high and 4-low modes are still available, but a new 4x4 auto mode is also included. In this mode the drivetrain automatically transfers torque to the front wheels in situations where there is a loss of traction.

2012 F-150's are also equipped with a neutral tow feature for all 4x4 models. This allows owners the ability to flat tow their F-150's while in the neutral gear. Hill Start Assist is also available and keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when stopped on an upward incline.

There are four engine choices offered for 2012. The smallest is a 3.5-litre Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The next size up is a 3.7-litre Ti-VCT V6 with 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. A pair of V8s complete the range: A 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, and a big 6.2-litre single-overhead-cam V8 with 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.

"These changes are centred around making F-150 an even more useful tool for our customers," said Jackie DiMarco, F-150 Chief Engineer. "We're continuously raising the bar when it comes to capability, and these upgrades and new technologies push us even further."

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Pickup, 4x4, Ford, 2012, F-150, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, $40,000 - $49,999, $50,000 - $74,999,

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page