Ford has teased an updated F-150 ahead of its reveal this week… and the introduction of the pre-update model in Australia this year.
UPDATE, 13/09/23 – Ford Australia has confirmed local launch timing for the updated F-150 ahead of its reveal today.
A series of teasers from Ford show the F-150 wearing new, more three-dimensional tail light graphics as well as a fresh look up front with a restyled grille, bumper and lighting elements.
The updated pickup will be revealed today, September 13.
“In Australia, we’re looking forward to first deliveries of right-hand drive MY23 F-150 making their way to customers in coming weeks. The updated model will come to Australia, and can be expected to start arriving in late 2024,” said a spokesperson for Ford Australia.
It’s expected there could be tweaks to the F-150’s interior with the update as well, though it’s unclear what mechanical changes – if any – Ford will make.
The current, 14th-generation F-150 was only revealed in 2020, and it’s finally going on sale in Australia during the third quarter of 2023.
The pre-update model will continue to be offered until 2024 not only in Australia, but also in North America.
The first Australian-spec examples of the current F-150 recently arrived locally and are currently in the process of being converted from left- to right-hand drive by RMA Automotive in Mickleham, Victoria.
The local F-150 range currently starts at $106,950 before on-roads for the XLT SWB in Australia, and extends to $140,945 before on-roads for the Lariat LWB.
Two trim levels will be offered in the F-150 locally, both of which can be had in either short- (3683mm) or long-wheelbase (3987mm) guise. Regardless of which length you opt for, the F-150 will feature a two-row crew cab in Australia.
Unlike its American pickup rivals with their V8 engines, the F-150 will be powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. The EcoBoost V6 makes 298kW of power and 678Nm of torque.
With a braked towing capacity of 4500kg, the F-150 matches the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 when it comes to claimed heavy hauling ability.
The pickup will be backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, and will be sold and serviced through the Ford Australia dealer network.
Ford Australia is aware of the F-150 Hybrid, Raptor, V8, and all-electric Lightning options. It hasn’t ruled out bringing them Down Under, but only once the remanufacturing process is established and demand for the EcoBoost has been proven.
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