Ford F-150 one step nearer to Australia as exports start

Ford Australia has confirmed the primary buyer examples of its upcoming regionally remanufactured F-150s have rolled off the US manufacturing line.

The corporate already has prototypes of the F-150 in Australia, with one spied at this weekend’s Finke Desert Race getting used to haul the Ranger Raptor that’ll be tackling the tracks.

It’s a Lariat, which would be the uppermost of two trim ranges to initially be accessible in Australia. It’s priced between $139,950 and $140,945 earlier than on-roads relying on size, whereas the bottom XLT ranges from $106,950 and $107,945 earlier than on-roads.

You’ll be able to view a full breakdown of the vary in our value and specs article.

The F-150 vary arrives regionally within the third quarter of 2023, and orders opened again in February.

The pickup truck is manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan, earlier than being transformed to right-hand drive by RMA Automotive in Mickleham, Victoria.

As it is a prototype, Ford Australia says particulars like the inside trim aren’t essentially indicative of the manufacturing autos. This instance can be fitted with off-road tyres and completely different wheels.

Whereas powertrains like a twin-turbo 2.7-litre V6, a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 hybrid and 5.0- and 5.2-litre V8s are supplied within the US, the XLT and Lariat are coming right here completely with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine.

It’s the best-selling powertrain within the US and produces 298kW of energy and 678Nm of torque, despatched by a four-wheel drive system.

The entry-level XLT variants have a part-time four-wheel drive system with 2H, 4H, and 4L fashions, whereas the flagship Lariat variants have a full-time four-wheel drive system with a 4A mode.

With a braked towing capability of 4500kg, the F-150 matches the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 in terms of claimed heavy hauling skill.

Ford makes no bones in regards to the reality robust Silverado and Ram gross sales are behind its determination to carry the F-Collection again to Australia after virtually 20 years. Gross sales of full-sized American pickup vehicles have soared since 2018, and the Blue Oval doesn’t wish to miss out on the motion.

The automobile will likely be backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee, and will likely be offered and serviced by the Ford Australia vendor community.

What number of it will likely be changing hasn’t been confirmed (or revealed) but, however Ford Australia boss Andrew Birkic has made it clear the Blue Oval desires to promote the F-150 in respectable numbers.

Whereas the F-150 left native showrooms in 1993, its heavier-duty F-250 and F-350 siblings had been offered right here from 2001 to 2006 by Ford Australia.

They had been produced in right-hand drive by Ford in Brazil, and relying on the variant was accessible with a 5.4-litre petrol V8 and a alternative of two turbo diesels: a 4.2-litre six and a 7.3-litre V8.

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