The arrives in five trim levels, ranging from the base XL to the Lincoln-esque Lariat, with special-edition models—including a 500-horsepower SVT Lightning—sure to follow. Shown here (left to right) are SLT, STX, Lariat, and FX4 models.
The Lariat SuperCrew is the most luxury-laden (and expensive) F-150 variant, distinguished on the outside by an available two-tone paintjob and eighteen-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2004 F-150 offers three box lengths (8.0 feet, 6.5 feet, and 5.5 feet). Shown here is an STX model with the new 6.5-foot Flareside box. The shapely box incorporates inner panels of steel and outer panels of extraordinarily durable sheet molded composite material.
The workaday F-150 XL, shown in Regular Cab (SuperCab is optional) with the 8.0-foot bed, is the value leader of the F-150 range.
The interior of the Lariat displays the latest in luxury-pickup thinking, coddling its occupants with woodgrain and brushed steel trim, chrome-rimmed gauges, steering-wheel-mounted audio and climate controls, and standard leather seating—a 40/20/40 split front bench with a column shift or, shown here, heated front captain’s chairs with a “flow-through” center console and floor shifter.
The 40/60 rear bench seat in the Lariat SuperCrew is leather clad, just like the fronts. Optional on XLT, FX4, and Lariat Supercrew models is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a headliner-mounted player and fold-down LCD screen.
For the pickup traditionalist, the column shift is still standard in the F-150 (XLT model shown).
The ’04 F-150 offers three body configurations: Regular Cab with a single row of seats (shown here), SuperCab with two rows of seats, and SuperCrew with a full-sized back seat and four front-hinged doors. The Regular Cab is six inches longer than the old model, and now features a pair of rear-hinged rear doors to access a fairly generous behind-the-seats storage area.
The fully boxed frame of the new F-150 is some nine times stiffer in torsion and fifty percent stiffer in bending than that of the outgoing truck, significantly improving ride, handling, and durability.
Although the old and somewhat breathless 4.6-liter Triton V-8 is standard in the new F-150, an all-new, three-valve-per-cylinder 5.4-liter V-8 with variable cam timing (pictured) is a compelling option. The engine produces 300 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3750, and pairs with a sophisticated new four-speed automatic transmission.
On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the Ford Motor Company introduced the successor to its venerable F-1 pickup, the 1953 F-100. With good looks that defied its workmanlike demeanor, the ’53-56 F-100 (1956 model pictured) was a tremendous success with buyers, both commercial and consumer, and has gone on to become one of the most collectible pickups ever.
The first factory-made Ford pickup didn’t roll off the production line until April of 1925, when the company began offering an optional pickup box for the Model T Runabout (pictured). Before that, however, there was no shortage of aftermarket modifiers producing pickup-style rear ends for the Model C, N, and T automobiles.