The 2012 State Fair of Texas is set to fire up this weekend in the Lone Star State, which means domestic automakers are in the mood to talk about trucks. Ford is using the occasion for two major announcements, the first being that the F-150's standard 3.7-liter engine can now pull a class-leading 6,700 pounds. That's 200 pounds more than the 2013 Ram 1500 and its 3.7-liter V6, and a whopping 1,300 more than the Chevy Silverado when powered by General Motors' 4.3-liter V6.

The second announcement is the debut of the 2013 F-150 King Ranch. The King Ranch has been offered by Ford since 2000 when the Blue Oval and the very large, very old and very much still in operation Texas-based King Ranch partnered up, making this year's model the 12th edition.

The 2013 F-150 King Ranch features its own version of the truck's new three-bar grille, and its two-tone exterior can be complemented with optional 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. Buyers can also opt for monochrome paint, HID headlamps, as well as a unique King Ranch chrome package. The interior features all of the latest Ford tech, including MyFord Touch and ambient lighting, and can be ordered in the King Ranch's trademark Adobe colors or black. Powering the King Ranch are your choice of Ford's 5.0-liter V8 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, though both are mated to the same six-speed automatic transmission.

So yes, the King Ranch is not much more than an F-150 with an earthy color palette, lux'd up interior and a unique set of wheels, but it's also one helluva handsome truck in our eyes.
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Ford Reaffirms Texas Ties with 2013 F-150 King Ranch, the Truck That Defines Authentic Western Luxury and Style

• 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch debuts at the State Fair of Texas Auto Show with more luxury, technology and capability than ever before

• 2013 F-150 King Ranch features an updated exterior, timeless Chaparral leather, an all-new black interior environment, smart technology like standard MyFord Touch® – optimized for truck owners – and available HID headlamps

• Ford and the famous King Ranch have teamed for 12 years; together they set the original benchmark for luxury trucks


DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2012 – Texas is the nation's largest truck market and Ford has longstanding ties to King Ranch, a Texas institution. To celebrate another year in this successful relationship, the 2013 F-150 King Ranch debuts at the 2012 State Fair of Texas.

"While others are just starting to understand the appeal of Texas innovation and luxury, we're proud to have worked with our longtime partners at King Ranch who helped define both," said Ford General Marketing Manager Dave Mondragon. "The latest F-150 King Ranch extends this honor and tradition."

Like its namesake, F-150 King Ranch is the product of generations of F-Series trucks that came before it.

Outside, the latest F-150 King Ranch features a bold new three-bar grille and available new 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. There's also an available monotone paint option and customers can add a special King Ranch chrome package for additional luxury cues.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in rich, timeless Chaparral leather. An all-new black interior environment is available (in addition to traditional Adobe), plus smart technology like standard MyFord Touch® optimized for truck owners, standard ambient interior lighting and available class-exclusive HID headlamps.

The 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch does more than look good. It's also Built Ford Tough. F-150 King Ranch is available with a choice of 5.0-liter V8 or the advanced, segment-exclusive 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, which provides the power of an eight-cylinder engine and the fuel efficiency of a six-cylinder while achieving a best-in-class 11,300 pounds of trailer towing capability.

Both engines are mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift® capability.

"King Ranch is built on the heritage, hard work and innovation of seven generations of King family descendants and employees, just like what Ford has built into its F-Series pickup trucks," said King Ranch Chairman Jamey Clement. "It's why we trust Ford as a genuine partner and why we depend on a fleet of 260 Ford trucks to get the job done every day at King Ranch."
King Ranch covers more than 1,300 square miles of Texas land, making it one of the largest ranches in the world.

In 2000, Ford Motor Company and King Ranch teamed to introduce the 2001 King Ranch F-150 SuperCrew, then the most upscale model in the Ford F-150 lineup. It was also the industry's first under-8,500-pound GVW full-size pickup truck with four full-size doors and a full rear passenger compartment.

The 2013 F-150 King Ranch is one of 10 updated models in the F-Series lineup that includes changes to XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum, SVT Raptor and the introduction of the all-new F-150 Limited.

Significant features include available Hill Descent Control™, segment-first HID headlamps that are brighter and whiter than traditional headlamps, and segment-exclusive power-folding and telescoping trailer tow mirrors.

Available MyFord Touch, powered by SYNC®, brings industry-leading connectivity technology to Ford trucks – optimized for truck owners with specialized buttons they can operate while wearing gloves, and a larger screen for improved readability.


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      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is castano leather, that is supposed to look aged and gets better with time because of the oils that our body produces. If you really want the leather to look good, drive around nekked. Why no 6.2L?
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        The 6.2 is not very good outside of pure hauling. The Ecoboost V6 tows as much, and is something like 20-30% better on fuel when you are just driving around unloaded. (assuming you drive sane, keep using 350hp and it keeps drinking 350hp worth of fuel). Also the auto-4wd isn't availible with the 6.2L and plenty of people who don't really understand part time systems will really like having that.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        Wasn't the 6.2L available before in this? Or maybe it never was in the King Ranch? I had thought it was available in anything above the FX4. I see that they're now offering the 6.2 in the FX4 and XLT trims now.
          Mathew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          The 6.2L has never been offered on the King Ranch, just the 5.0 and 3.5.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a great looking truck. If I were in the market I would definitely get a F Series.
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Ford ups the towing in responce to the Ram updates. But Ford doesn't change any suspention, braking, or engine cooling parts? Ok Ford, nice try, but it looks like Ram is causing you to run scared.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        What do they really need to upgrade for towing that much? You make it sound like they're saying it can now tow 10k? You do realize a Frontier or Tacoma V6 will tow up to 6500lbs. Don't think it's a stretch to say they can tow 6700 with a full size V6.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        Indee, they are so scared that they even don't touch suspension, braking or engine cooling parts. Eh, say again?
        mat967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        You really think you know everything they changed in this truck? Come on.
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        CEC, Ford has always pencil whipped their numbers. They are decided on in marketing meetings LONG before they even know what powertrains it will have. Think about it. Why is it that the 310HP 5.4 boat anchor, plug throwing V8 could tow 11,300 pounds, but the much more modern, 360HP 5L V8 can't? It's because Ford intentionally maniuplates the numbers of the 5L so that it appears WORSE than the gas guzzling Egoboost V6. Thus more people buy the egoboost (out of sheer ignorance) and Ford then can call it a smashing success. But I don't know what's so successful about that V6 that gets WORSE mileage than a proper V8, but a lot of blind sheep think it's something special. We'll see if they think the same thing when they know the birthday's of the mechanics children.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Are you suggesting that towing is all about horsepower? The 5.0 has less torque than the old 5.4L Triton. Also, the EcoBoost V6 has proven countless times that is more efficient than V8 competition in everyday driving. Ford sells 600,000 F-Series per year, not all of them are towing a trailer enough that they need to drive a V8 everyday. If they were unreliable they wouldn't still be #1.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Euphrentic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I LOVE the King Ranch F-150!
      Cesar Gutierrez Cart
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like the color
      ADDvanced
      • 2 Years Ago
      The real questions is if my long horn is bigger than your king ranch because we both obviously have tiny dicks.
      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to be such a truck guy, but trucks have really lost their appeal to me. No longer can I get a small capable truck (don't say Tacoma or Frontier; I had a 2006 4.0 Frontier. Worst gas mileage vehicle I've ever owned). It seems like the only smart option these days are full-size trucks and there's such a push for all these luxury models. I'm glad people enjoy them, but it's really turned me off to trucks. At least I still have my trusty little 2.3l Ranger. :)
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        Also, who cares about the luxury models? Why would that turn you off of trucks? Ford would gladly sell you an XL, STX, or even XLT that won't be very fancy. They're not forcing everyone to buy a fancy $50k+ King Ranch.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          Firstly, you can't even get an F-150 in standard transmission anymore (at least that's what I understand), but the main reason I'm not interested in one is the size. It's unneeded and it would never fit in my one stall garage if I needed to get it in there. The reason I wouldn't change from my Ranger to a Tacoma is because mine is still the highest rated MPG of any truck on the road. I do like that Toyota offers a 4x4 4cyl option (I looked at those), but they wanted $20k when I looked at them and completely refused to negotiate - plus MPG takes a hit. That was in 06. I feel these days 25 mpg (avg) just doesn't cut it so there's really no point in me looking at trucks in their current state. I have my Ranger and it gets the job done. I'm waiting for a good replacement in the next few years but right now nothing seems worth looking into. The F-150 is nice, but I am not one of those people that thinks bigger is always better.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        So you have a 4cyl Ranger which I'd imagine fits your needs, and decide against any of the current offerings because of V6 gas mileage? Why not just get a newer truck with a 4cyl? A regular cab or access cab Tacoma 4cyl with a 5spd is still a capable truck and will get pretty good gas mileage (albeit probably not as good as the 2.3) and you can still get them in 4x4 which I don't know if you could have gotten 4cyl 4wd Rangers.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love pencil whipped capability numbers. But Ford has been doing that for years. Their capability numbers are as honest and trustworthy as Obama. And my God did they make that appliance ugly. It's aw\ful.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Give us three reasons why the word "appliance" would be appropriate to describe the F150 compared to other pickup trucks.
      moshead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are these in compliance with the J2807 towing standards?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ethan Schmitt
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like being reminded that gm still makes the 4.3. why not the 3.6 already. i guess we wait for next gen
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