Ford's F-Series is one of the brightest jewels in the Blue Oval crown, and the 2012 Ford F-150 has been given more sizzle with new appearance options and more meat on the bones underneath it all with expanded driveline features and options. We've posted the full press release after the jump, but here are some highlights:

Down where tall blades of grass tickle the underbits, Ford has equipped every 2012 F-150 with Hill Start Assist to make starting off on grades less stressful. Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum F-150s are given a new four-wheel drive system that includes an automatic mode to augment its four modes in each range. All 2012 F-150 4X4 models have the ability to be flat-towed in neutral, and an electronic-locking rear differential is available for EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8 F-150s. Wheelbase and payload tweaks are made, as well, and your bladder will certainly notice the 756-mile range of the 2012 F-150 EcoBoost 4X4, made possible by a new 36-gallon fuel tank.

The most visible addition for 2012 is the available FX appearance package that adds visual badassery to F-150's exterior with flat black stripes, red badging, unique head- and tail-lamps, chrome exhaust tip, and a black grille. Wheels for the FX package are flat black 20-inchers, too. The FX package also tarts up the interior with black leather on the seats set off by red piping and perforations. The steering wheel continues the theme with red stitching. Black and satin-metallic accents complete the FX package's interior high points. There's also a new FX Luxury package that adds heated and cooled front seats.

Ford has also launched a new Head to Head Pickup Comparison tool to help buyers figure out which configuration and powertrain best suits their needs. The tool also shows how the F-150 compares to its competition. Dive into it all after the jump.

Show full PR text
2012 Ford F-150 Adds New FX Appearance Package, More Capabilities and Technologies to Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

• 2012 Ford F-150 delivers even more of what customers are looking for with a new FX appearance package, and several new technologies and driveline upgrades. They include the addition of Hill Start Assist, a new automatic 4x4 system for Lariat trim level and above, and greatly expanded availability of electronic locking rear axles on 3.5-liter and 5.0-liter engines

• Debuting stealthy, flat-black accents, the FX appearance package offers a unique 20-inch flat-black wheel, a stylized bodyside graphic and black badges with red lettering. Customized interior touches include black leather seating surfaces with red trim, brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched steering wheel

• All of the upgrades complement the fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain offerings that debuted in 2011. The powertrain lineup delivers a mix of best-in-class horsepower, torque, capability and fuel economy, with each engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission


DALLAS, Sept. 29, 2011 – Ford F-150 – the most fuel-efficient and capable full-size pickup on the market – is getting fine-tuned for 2012, with a new FX appearance package and several driveline updates and new technologies to further improve and refine the driving experience.

"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."

The new FX appearance package is available on both FX4 and FX2 trucks and delivers a unique look with stealthy, flat-black accents. The look is set off with black fender and tailgate badges that feature red lettering, which is carried into the interior with a red-stitched steering wheel.

The FX's interior also features black leather seating surfaces with red perforations and red piping. Unique interior touches include black-painted dash accents, brushed-metal surfaces, and satin shifter knob, door handles and air conditioning vent bezels. The package is available with all FX colors.

Also new for 2012, the FX luxury package now offers cooled front seats, which combine with the previously available heated seats.

New 20-inch six-spoke wheels with a flat-black paint are just one of the specialized styling cues on the exterior. A unique bodyside decal is matte black with color read-through for a distinctive appearance. A chrome exhaust tip, black-finished grille, and blacked-out headlamps and taillamps round out the exterior upgrades.
Enhanced capability
Upgrades on the 2012 F-150's drivetrain include replacing last year's electronic shift-on-the-fly with a two-speed automatic 4x4 system for Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. The system still offers four high and four low modes, but now also offers a 4x4 auto mode. If the truck senses a loss of traction, it immediately transfers torque to the front wheels, making the system more seamless for the customer.

A new feature, Hill Start Assist, helps keep the truck from rolling backward at a stop, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill, especially when towing. With the brake pedal pressed, if sensors detect the vehicle is on a slope, the system is automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the braking system, and the truck remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.

The addition of neutral tow capability on all 4x4 trucks means customers can now flat-tow their F-150, making the truck even more usable. An available electronic locking rear axle replaces most of the limited-slip offerings on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and 5.0-liter engines. It is now available in a range of axle ratios, and is even offered on 4x2 models, delivering a new level of traction capability across most of the F-150 lineup.

"These changes are centered 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."

Additional updates include:
• Light-duty SuperCab 163-inch-wheelbase option on XL and XLT
• Heavy-duty payload CrewCab 157-inch-wheelbase option on XL, XLT and Lariat
• Electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 now standard on XL to FX4 trim levels

Fuel-efficient and powerful offerings
All of the changes for 2012 complement a powertrain lineup that debuted in 2011. The powertrain lineup delivers a mix of best-in-class horsepower, torque, capability and fuel economy. Each new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup truck lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard.

Here are the highlights of the engines:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
• Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
• Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
• Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2)
• Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors
5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8
• Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
• Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
• 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2)
• Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors


6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
• Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
• 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2)
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
• 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
• Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
• Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors
# # #


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 34 Comments
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The larger tank will be a welcome change for those that do a lot of highway towing. Adding a large trailer often cuts fuel economy in half, if not worse.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the idea of huge gas tanks. You can fill up complete when you're somewhere cheap or just get a little when you're somewhere expensive.
      Gedster314
      • 3 Years Ago
      That brought back memories. My old VW TDI use to get 700 miles to it's 14 gallon tank. I remember having to stop and empty my bladder 2 or 3 times before the car needed fuel. The 96/7 TDI Passat use to 1000 miles on it's 20 gallon tank. I always figured that American cars only got 250 miles to a tank because of the human bladder.
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      now that is just retarded and nothing more than a marketing scam. hey my truck ONLY gets 20mpgs but it can go 750 miles. whata load of bull!
        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        How is it a scam? It's a brilliant idea so you don't have to get gas 4 times a week.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yep, the State Fair of Texas starts tomorrow (this year it's fried bubble gum, which is really just a frozen marshmallow dipped in bubble gum flavoring and then deep fried - WTF?), so it's time for the automakers to pimp their new pickup trucks. So, two questions: 1) What 750-mile range? The headline says 750 miles, but the article says 576 miles. 2) Why do you need to flat tow a truck, unless it breaks down? is this so that RVers can use them as a dinghy? And uses an F-150 4x4 as a dinghy, anyway?
        audiohack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        A lot of companies flat-tow pickups behind larger trucks, like bucket trucks, etc. And, the fuel-range numbers were transposed, I fixed. -Dan
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        What, people don't like fried bubble gum? ;-)
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      To be honest, I'm not sure why you even need that long of range. Seems stupid to fill your tank all the way up and be lugging that extra weight around, thus getting worse MPG. Plus, thats near $150 to fill her up. The pump shuts off at $100, so you'd have to ring it up twice every time you want to gas up. The extra capacity could be nice for towing on longer trips, the range wont be 700+ miles, probably closer to 400-450miles towing.
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        Its quite nice to have if you need it. My 2004 F150 gets 11mpg towing its max combined wieght. This means that if you are like me and fill up around the 100miles left mark when towing through middle of nowhere even using the interstates... this means the normal 28? gallon tank is "18" gallons in usable space. If you had a 36 gallon tank then thats a huge jump in avalible range while keeping the same reserve. Unfortunately the larger tank and bed wasn't avalible in the supercrew till 2006. I'm not sure why the larger fuel tank went fleet only or when it did, but I'm glad its back.
      --RAfiKi-
      • 3 Years Ago
      will their configurator help me pick the silverado over the ford because its a better truck? go see the chevy hd to hd challenge where the f150 twists its frame like a pretzel and tell me thats what you want. I also have to pee more than twice on my trip from NY to miami, so ill just be hauling around a bunch of weight.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @--RAfiKi-
        [blocked]
        • 3 Years Ago
        @--RAfiKi-
        [blocked]
          • 3 Years Ago
          [blocked]
        --RAfiKi-
        • 3 Years Ago
        @--RAfiKi-
        www.chevrolet.com/hd-to-hd-truck-comparison/ yes this is the hd version, but if ford is cutting corners on their hd model, what makes you think they aren't cutting bigger corners on the lesser model. chevy mechanicals are better also.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      The best keeps getting better. We should be seeing a new F150 in the next 2 yrs I would imagine. Hopefully Next time tho the interior plastics will be better. My 2010 had some rattle issues and plastic scuffed easily.
        --RAfiKi-
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Yes, the silverado does keep getting better.
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @--RAfiKi-
          Sorry, but the Silverado hasn't been real competition for at least two generations. They're lucky they haven't been surpassed by Ram.
          vulnox
          • 3 Years Ago
          @--RAfiKi-
          As far as the Silverado goes, when you are constantly at the bottom of the comparisons, even against Toyota, it isn't hard to get better. You basically just need to suck a little less each year. I am sure they will figure it out eventually.
          jrwgti17
          • 3 Years Ago
          @--RAfiKi-
          Even though the silverado isn't rated as highly as ford and the numbers don't look as good as fords, from what I've seen in real life they a do a better job when it comes to towing and hauling then the fords do. As far as fuel economy is concerned I think the ford's will get about 1mpg better in actual driving. And I have to say I prefer the silverado's interior. The exterior on the ford looks a little better I think. I don't like the ford's tail lights tho. And I prefer the chevy's ride over the fords. But this is just my personal opinion.
          --RAfiKi-
          • 3 Years Ago
          @--RAfiKi-
          jrwgti17: i agree that the ford LOOKS fresher in and out and that the ecoboost engine is pretty good for folks that dont use a truck above 7/10, but for those that need to haul trailers with livestock and a full bed of manure around the farm, you cant beat a chevy. looking forward to the 2013 chevy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      olesprky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now if they could just get rid of those pirelli atr tires on the 20' rims and put some BFG or hell, even wrangler tires on them then the off-road package might be decent in more then just dry pavement. The pirellis SUCK in the snow.
      rex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with kingrat001 on lasers comments. Some like ford, some gmc chevy and some dodge. Laser should note that ford is now adding a 4x4 auto mode, something chevy/gmc and dodge have had far a good while. Ford is just now adding a locking rear end. Chevy/GMC since way back...std since 07. And Laser may note that Chevy/GMC have always sold more trucks than the f-150...Ford is good but it is not all that great and others that bad. Like ford would still be selling an underpowered mustang if dodge and chevy had not put the challanger and camaro on the board. Ford is good but the others are also good.
    • Load More Comments
    Advertisement
    2015 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $25,420 - $54,680
    2014 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $25,025 - $54,410
    2013 Ford F-150
    MSRP: $24,070 - $53,300