The 2015 Ford F150 is still new enough that the masses haven’t started bugging for new features, but in understanding that the highly contested half ton truck market, Ford Motor Company has made some changes for the 2016 model year to stay one step ahead of the competition. None of these changes are all that impactful, but they should all help to keep F150 sales on the rise into next year.
The 5 Changes for the 2016 F150
At first glance, it will be hard to tell the 2015 and 2016 Ford F150 apart, but there are 6 changes for 2016 that should make a difference on the sales sheets. This includes new exterior colors, new special edition appearance packages, the new trailer backup assist feature, a new infotainment system, a natural gas prep package and – most importantly – a new premium trimline for those folks looking for a more luxurious experience from their new F150.
New Exterior Colors
The 2016 Ford F150 will be available in two new exterior colors, Shadow Black and Lithium Gray. Tuxedo Black and Guard Metallic are being removed to make room in the color palate for the new hues.
New Special Edition Packages
The 2016 Ford F150 in XLT and Lariat trim both get a new Special Edition Appearance Package which adds unique 20 inch wheels, black painted running boards, tinted headlights, unique side stripes, a dark grille, Alcantara seats with red bolsters and red accent stitching throughout the cabin.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist
As Ford Motor Company works to make trailering with the F150 easier for novice drivers, the 2016 F150 includes the new Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. This allows you to back the F150 up with a trailer connected, using a knob on the dash to direct the trailer and the system does the rest.
Natural Gas Prep Package
There is a growing push for more natural gas vehicles in the United States and the 2016 Ford F150 will come with a Natural Gas Prep Package for those folks looking to run dual fuel in their half ton pickup. This will be a low take rate option, but it is key for those folks who have easy access to a natural gas refueling station.
Sync 3 Infotainment
The 2016 Ford F150 will come with the new Sync 3 infotainment interface, which is replacing MyFord Touch. While I am a fan of MyFord Touch, the system has been criticized by the technologically inept and this new Sync 3 system is expected to be more user-friendly, quicker and more advanced. This will also usher in a new look to the infotainment screen.
2016 Ford F150 Limited
Billed as the most luxurious and most advanced F150 ever, the 2016 Limited package (shown above) could be the most luxurious half ton truck ever when it arrives. On the outside, the F150 Limited gets unique badging on the hood, unique 22 inch wheels, a satin grille finish and satin door/tailgate handles. On the inside, the F150 Limited gets leather front and rear seats with the front seats being heated, cooled, power adjustable and massaging while the rear seats “only” keep you warm. In addition to the premium Sync 3 infotainment system, there is plenty of wood and leather trim along with all of the high tech driver assist systems offered in the modern Ford truck lineup.
The 2016 F150 Limited is only available in four colors - Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans and White Platinum – and the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is standard.
And watch what is coming up in 2017. Here is the debut of the 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.