• Jan 17, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the 2009 Ford F-150

The Ford F-Series has been the top-selling vehicle longer than most of us at Autoblog have been alive, and the Blue Oval designed the new 2009 F-150 to help keep that streak alive. In 2009, several new additions will be made to Ford's best-seller, including an easy access step for the pickup bed, a flat-load back seat, an improved powertrain lineup, and a new frame that features more high-strength steel. The truck experts at PickupTruck.com spent a whole day with F-Series Chief Engineer Matt O'Leary and Design Director Pat Schiavone, and the fruit of their labor is eight videos that detail every square inch of Ford's most important product. We've added a walk-through tour of the interior of the new F-150 Platinum after the jump, and you can click the Read link below to view videos ranging from tow information to design inspiration at PickupTruck.com.

[Source: PickupTruck.com]





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      • 7 Years Ago
      How much longer until the slide show works? All the photos are scaled to look like crap and if you click on a photo to enlarge it to the correct resolution the picture goes away.

      Doesn't seem worth having the slide show if you're not going to do it right...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe the ''1280'' button should be moved near the left and right arrows so everyone will see it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm using Firefox on XP and also tried IE.

        A couple pics show at their native rez, many seem a bit smaller and hence, pixely. Clicking on pic take you to next pic (which has always bugged me - that's what the arrows are for).

        I like the look of the new slideshows but miss the perfect function of the old one.

        /end bitchfest
        • 7 Years Ago
        Everything works great for me on all three browsers (IE7/Firefox and Safari on my mac)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess I still don't understand how I'm supposed to "zoom" to native rez. Just makes the pic go away.

        If I drag a pic to the desktop and open in the Windows Image thingie, the pics look correct so they are getting squished.

        Checked browser settings, seem fine - and FF is updated. FYI, my monitor is running at 1920x1200...
        • 7 Years Ago
        A "1280" button???

        Nobody ever tells me these things - I guess I didn't get the memo. Works like a dream, thanks!

        My unsolicited vote is yes, move the button and change it to "regular size", "zoom" or something of that nature.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Have you tried looking at our galleries in another browser to see if the problem persists? While the images you first view are scaled down from 1280-pixels wide, they view beautifully with no jagged on most browsers. Also, is your browser updated to the most current version? Finally, is there a preference in your browser that may affect how images are displayed?
      • 7 Years Ago
      you are out of your mind...
      the lower end models are the ones that usually score HIGHER in quality studies. and besides, dont worry about the past, these trucks (specifically this truck) will have quality in a realm completely different then the past. the ford team took this truck to Arizona's Silver Creek test facility (as they did with the previous model). they tested it for 100 straight days on the toughest testing grounds that exist. they drive it over the test surface 3,204 times (basically a road course of curbs). on top of this, extreme heat and extreme cold testing. they test the truck for the "90th percentile" customer. the standard for this customer (in testing) amounts to the level of maximum abuse someone could dish out (on a ranch, construction site, driving like an idiot) for 10 straight years. GM and Toyota test their trucks for the "50th" percentile customer. this was the standard in 2000. there is video of the '07-'08 model at silver creek vs. the Silverado and the Tundra on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=zShwG9l1F0Q

      from the info that i have heard, the '09 model on the same course looks even better. do you want Truck quality? or imitation truck quality? that should be the question.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shane where did you read this,I read the 5.4 is suppose to get a substantial horspower gain like the 4.6. Just 10 mesly horspower more than the current engine realy? And 14 more than the 4.6. That can't be right. I know the Boss is suppose to have over 400 horses, so i thought the New 5.4 would be closer to 360 horses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        do not worry, shane is very wrong. he has no idea what he is talking about.

      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/112_0803_2009_ford_f_150/engines_and_body_styles.html

      pages 2 and 3 of the article give hp figures for the 4.6L 3 valve and 5.4 Triton
        • 7 Years Ago
        The numbers for the 5.4 are misleading (planted disinfo?) How can it be 'boosted' to 365ft-lbs when it is already 365.
        The numbers for the 4.6 3 valve are nonsense.
        290hp@4750 is 321ft-lbs, should that be 5750rpm?
        and peak torque of the explorer is 300ft-lbs, so peak torque should be circa 297ft-lbs, not 317.
        The current 5.4 makes 300hp@5000 rpm, and isn't the limiter 5400, so unless the engine gets new cams (and dual length intake runner) and a wider angle camshaft phaser...
        The 4.6 2 valve is spot on, but who cares, it is coupled to a 4 speed auto, and no one is going to buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Oh my GOD. THANK YOU FORD for FINALLY making a decent center stack and tossing out that hideous parts-bin radio/Nav unit. This is finally competitive with the GM trucks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice... something about the high-trim grill looks too blingy. A vanilla truck which is neither horrible nor exceptionally great.
        • 7 Years Ago
        its as if the american automakers are giving all their trucks braces
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I definitely think that the base grille looks significantly better. But the interior... Holy buttons Batman!
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Boxy, I like the Ram
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like the biggest highlight of the truck is the navigation. That isn't going to sell trucks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you are out of your mind...
      the lower end models are the ones that usually score HIGHER in quality studies. and besides, dont worry about the past, these trucks (specifically this truck) will have quality in a realm completely different then the past. the ford team took this truck to Arizona's Silver Creek test facility (as they did with the previous model). they tested it for 100 straight days on the toughest testing grounds that exist. they drive it over the test surface 3,204 times (basically a road course of curbs). on top of this, extreme heat and extreme cold testing. they test the truck for the "90th percentile" customer. the standard for this customer (in testing) amounts to the level of maximum abuse someone could dish out (on a ranch, construction site, driving like an idiot) for 10 straight years. GM and Toyota test their trucks for the "50th" percentile customer. this was the standard in 2000. there is video of the '07-'08 model at silver creek vs. the Silverado and the Tundra on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=zShwG9l1F0Q

      from the info that i have heard, the '09 model on the same course looks even better. do you want Truck quality? or imitation truck quality? that should be the question.


        • 7 Years Ago
        Can you fill us in as to what the horespower figures are close to? I heard from someone that the 4.6 3v is going to have around 300-305hp and 320-330tq and the 5.4 3v is going to have about 320-340hp and 375-390tq.

        I really hope this is true but alas I am not holding my breath.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hrrmmm...I just watched that video and although slightly surprised by the open fuel filler cap on the Chevy, my jaw dropped at the Tundra. I was actually afraid for the driver having to deal with the back half of that truck breaking off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another uninspired redesign. Sadly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Correction: They WOULDN'T need a stair case...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Think the 09 Dodge Ram looks much better.
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