• Jan 13th 2008 at 12:24PM
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click above for high-res live shots of the 2009 Ford F-150

We already brought you official photography of the newly-revamped 2009 Ford F-150 just after midnight today, but that's hardly enough attention for America's best-selling vehicle. Now that the Blue Oval boys have rolled out the new truck into Cobo Arena - with help from Toby Keith and a cast of characters - we see little reason to think that the F-series won't retain its crown.

Improving the F-150 "truck-ness" are several features, such as the tailgate step that we appreciated so much on larger Super Duty, and new fold-down steps that can be accessed from the side of the truck. Considering how deep the box is on this truck, the steps will definitely come in handy on the ranch or at the grocery store.

Ford's slick Integrated Trailer Brake Controller is now available on a half-ton truck for the first time, and Trailer Sway Control helps keep the vehicle on the road while towing so that hopefully you won't need to experience the effectiveness of Roll Stability Control and side-curtain airbags. Tow and payload ratings are as-yet announced; we expect to hear more by the Chicago Auto Show next month.

More after the jump...

The mechanical bits are improved as well, with an available six-speed automatic that now matches Toyota's offering, and a new frame that is lighter yet improves torsional rigidity by 10% (not that the frame of the outgoing model was a wet noodle). There's no word yet on power figures for the 5.4L Triton, but expect Ford to bring up the tail end of the pack until Boss and EcoBoost engines arrive in a couple of years. Yes, the V6 is gone, but let's be honest - most of us are not buying a full-size truck with an antiquated and underpowered six-banger unless we happen to start a fleet or the dealer offers a ridiculous discount. Despite the substitution of a 2-valve 4.6L V8 as the low-end engine, fleet mileage is said to improve by 1 MPG, which hopefully reflects an economy increase for the higher-end motors.

Inside, the six-inch stretch applied to the SuperCrew's cab offers a truly impressive amount of room for a four-door half-ton pickup. It's fitting with an appropriately large center console, which is capable of swallowing a couple of laptops, a respectable number of tools, or a lot of beer (we kid, we kid!).

The most controversial aspect of the new F-150 is the exterior styling. In person, it doesn't look like anything but a Ford truck, so let's stop with "It looks like a bla bla bla..." right now. For our tastes, though, we see too much influence from Ford's smaller SUVs, and way too little Super Duty. Opinions will certainly vary on this matter. Video of the 2009 F-150 reveal is available after the jump.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW, back and fort on who makes the best truck, I have a 04 reg cab 8' XL 4x4 with the 4.6. I needed a work truck and being almost 6ft tall and 300+ the ONLY reg cab truck on the face of this planet to have a real wide and long cab, I was sold. I hope the diesel gets 25+ because 17-19 hwy is good but 23-25 is better, I didn't see if they kept the reg cab with the little door, but if they did and they put the diesel in it, I'm sold again!
      Looks good, they could have left the fender well sculpting to GM though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm right there with you Luke. People complain about the F150 like they're experts(both sides BTW). What makes Ford so good is their variety in size and grille designs. I'll be the first to admit Some elements of this truck wouldn't of been my first choice but 1. I don't work a truck like it should and 2. I don't plan on buying a new vehicle any time soon. Good for Ford bc the engine war is killing them(luckily for only a year or so). There are some dumb people down here in Texas that buy trucks for all the wrong reasons(compensating) and just can't see past the smoke and mirrors. If your that person buy a Ram bc they took off the leaf springs and bumped up the HP just for you.

      Trucks aren't racers and neither are civics
        • 7 Years Ago
        wow that is a ugly truck. If i were a ford fan i would go get an 07 before they are gone. Having driven the ford with the 5.4 , it is a dog. The new Chevy and Tundra will kick it all over the road in towing or anything else. No matter how ford spins these trucks, they are woefully inadequate compared to the competition, now uglier to boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This truck would have been a lot better if they brought out the new engines with its introduction. There is nothing about this truck that would make me want to buy it over the previous generation, nor over any other truck out there really.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now that is on fugly truck. Pour on the rebates to sell that ugly truck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "America's best-selling vehicle"

      Wow. Just. Wow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that's the gayest front end of any pick-up truck right now.

      i thought the F150 was possibly the best looking out of all, but now ir ranck last in my book, just below the tundra

      the new Ram has stolen the f150's good looks, but lets hope chrystler figure out the interior bit
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 f150 Larait and now seeing the 09 model I think Ford took a step back in the looks department.Based on looks I would take the 09 Dodge its now the more classy of the two.Back in 06 the interior alone sold me on the Ford now a probably choose the Dodge.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The new F-150 looks better?! Are you kidding me?! Seriously! Even with the ram being more of a redesign, it looks WAY better than the ugly front end on the Ford and will have a good bit more power. I'll give ford credit on the interior and other features though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The new Ram looks better?! Are you kidding me?! Seriously! The just touched it up a bit, it doesn't look any better! This is a total redesign and damn it looks good. Way to go Ford, I'll be lining up at the dealer to trade my 04 F150 in for this new bad boy.
          • 7 Years Ago
          That Ram doesn't even compare to the F-150. The F-150 is a MUCH more capable truck than the Ram. Let's compare leaf springs, front-end design, rear-end gear size and tell me the Ram is better. The Ford's design is a bigger departure from how the current one looks than the Ram is. All Dodge did was make the grill slant forward and get rid of the ugly round headlights. They even copied Ford by putting in the built-in bed extender. When Dodge sells the amount of Rams as Ford sells F-150s, then we'll talk. Otherwise, enjoy third place.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Dude, really, aside from the ugly front clip and the ugly taillights...this F-150 is the same on the outside. Dodge has built a better F150 than Ford has.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While it doesn't have as much styling from the super-duty (250 and up), i think they really improved it and added some really nice features. I expect that the towing capacity will go quite a ways up, especially if they give the option for a V8 turbo diesel I've heard about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is the Diesel and the 6 sp Manual? This is no truck
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford needs to fire the Volvo Design guy.

      They put him in charge of styling American cars and he is not even American.

      After all Volvo sold because of safety but was know for a super boxy look.

      The ford Euro team i.e. new Verbe has it right with the direction of ford needs to go.

      • 7 Years Ago
      That interior is AWFUL. All sorts of random circles, squares, shapes, textures, and colors. The exterior is also a step back from the '07. New Ram over this all the way!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one hideously ugly truck. It's generally hard to make a truck look ugly but Ford has done it with this one. What were they thinking of with that grille?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know. It looks like one half of the grill designers wanted vertical bars and the other half wanted horizontal. They couldn't decide between the two, so they used both. It also looks like the guys who designed the grill had no idea what the guys who designed the headlights were doing. There wasn't enough time and/or money to mesh the two designs, so they slapped them together and hoped no one would notice. They were wrong. The grill and headlights flat-out don't belong together.
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