Ford has unveiled a mild refresh of its F-150 pickup for 2013, as America's best-selling vehicle looks to stay ahead of its resurgent competitors from GM and Ram. Largely a cosmetic update, including new trim and color combinations, several key new features will debut on the truck when it goes on sale this fall.
The most obvious change is a bold new big rig grille that apes the one found on Ford's Super Duty pickups. Behind it lurks one of four carry-over engines, including the popular 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, which can tow a maximum of 11,300 lbs and deliver 22 mpg on the highway, best in class figures both.
Inside, top versions of the F-150 come with a custom version of the cloud-connected MyFord Touch infotainment system that features auxiliary buttons and knobs for easier use when wearing work gloves than the touch-screen interface alone can provide.
HID projector beam headlights are a first time option on the F-150, and power-telescoping trailer tow sideview mirrors are available. Three new colors, Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic, have also been added.
Small updates for Ford's big seller.