Everything under the sun is bound to evolve. Our minds, ideas, technologies evolve year after year so why wouldn’t our vehicles too? From the very first year the Ford F-150 appeared on the market, it has been redesigned and re-engineered to include the most innovative technologies in order to enhance the passengers’ safety and enrich their driving experience. Here is a brief overview of the evolution of the Ford F-150 from 1948, when it was first introduced on the market, to present-day!
The very first Ford truck was launched in 1948. And before these trucks were ever known as the F-150, they were introduced as the Ford F-Series trucks (including F-1, F-3….). These trucks were the first one in the great lineage of Ford trucks. This was the humble beginning of this great story as we know it today.
For the second wave of Ford pickup trucks, significant changes were made such as the creation of a bigger frame, more powerful engines and an improved chassis. This was also the first time an automatic transmission was made available in these trucks. Additionally, there was a considerable change in the naming convention of these vehicles. The Ford F-1 became the F-150, while the F-2 and F-3 were combined to give birth to the Ford F-250.
With every generation of the Ford F-150 comes notable improvements and changes, and this generation is not different. In 1957, the Ford pickup truck was reintroduced with significant changes to the design including the addition of a front bender, a styleside bed and a steel bed floor. Yet the most significant improvement remains to be discovered! In 1959, for the first time, Ford started to manufacture four-wheel drive systems for its pickup trucks.
During the 6 years of this generation, Ford was fearless and daring and made some very bold changes to the F-Series truck. For example, the body was modified to be longer and lower in appearance, it was also made corrosion-free.The pickup truck was also equipped with a brand-new engine, a front suspension system to provide more safety. However, by the end of this generation, Ford decided to revert back to some of its old designs (higher frame…).
Ford never gets tired of making its vehicles better, this is the reason why the evolution and improvement of the Ford F-150 continued. In this fifth generation, Ford was shooting for expansion with the creation of several trim levels and also made the trucks more spacious to create more comfort for its passengers.
Ford continued to make comfort a priority with the Ford F-150. As a result, the heating and air-conditioning systems were improved. The SuperCab body style was also introduced for the first time. Furthermore, the position of the fuel tank was also changed to optimize the truck’s functionality.
During this generation, fuel efficiency started to become a greater priority with the change to more fuel-efficient (and powerful) engines also enabling the truck to provide a greater towing capacity. The appearance of the Ford F-150 was also modified during these years with a change in exterior styling, the previous chassis was also updated with a larger version.
The same body style was carried on from the previous generation. However, in 1987, the interior was completely redesigned for a fresh new look and feel. 1988 was also the first year the five-speed manual transmission was introduced to the market. During this generation, the engines gained electronic fuel injection making them more powerful and efficient at the same time.
The ninth generation brought about many changes including a significant body upgrade. This is when the F-Series trucks started to resemble what we know them for today. Additionally, in 1993, the interior of the truck was redesigned. And in 1995, the hood was redesigned, these were some of the most considerable changes among many.
In previous generations, most F-Series buyers purchased the Ford trucks for personal use. Therefore, Ford decided to create two segments for its trucks, one focusing on personal use (with the new F-150) and another one on work (with the F-250 and F-350). The F-150 was designed with a new chassis and a new V6 engine. In 2001, the Ford F-150 was the first pickup truck in its segment to have all four full-size doors.
In 2004, the Ford F-150 was re-imaged with an all-new platform and a more angular body styling, they were also equipped with a new Triton engine. Furthermore, despite the body type, all Ford F-150 trucks were equipped with four doors.
SVT Raptor: in 2010 a new trim level for the Ford F-150 trucks was introduced, this trim was designed to be an off-road pickup. In the following year, the Ecoboost engines were introduced because of Ford’s growing focus on producing more fuel-efficient engines.
In this current generation, Ford is still striving to create more fuel-efficient and powerful trucks for its users. In this thirteenth generation, Ford has also changed most of the body components of its trucks to aluminum, making them lighter and less prone to corrosion. Ford is also introducing its first Diesel engine: Power Stroke, available with the Ford F-150. The journey doesn’t end here, the story continues; stay on the lookout for more improvements and upgrades to come!