New this year is a tailgate with a torsion bar that reduces the effort required to raise the gate. These cabs will be available with 5. The SuperCrew continues with two rows of seats and four full doors for all the comfort of a big sedan. Stay tuned: First drive coming up. Meanwhile, we can say this: The new Ford truck has the coolest, most carlike interior in the industry, and its freshly muscular sheetmetal will put the wimp factor to rest. .
It's connected to a long-spindle double-wishbone front suspension with a cast-aluminum lower control arm and an oversize cross-section and 3-inch-wide rear leaf springs. That's a big promise for cars, let alone pickup trucks. The F-150 continues to offer three cab configurations, now exclusively with four doors. The interiors are truly impressive. Other new F-Series highlights include rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel discs, and a more powerful 5. The Regular Cab has two narrow rear-space access doors, and the SuperCab returns with conventional access doors.
Injected with hormones from last year's Mighty F-350 Tonka concept, the '04 pickup is trucklike on the outside and carlike on the inside. Skip the loss-leader: The 2004 F-150's frame is designed to make it the stiffest light truck extant, with twice the torsional rigidity and 50 percent more bending stiffness compared with the 2003. Rear shocks have been moved outside the frame for better roll control and to help eliminate head toss, Ford says. Both have six more inches in passenger compartment space, providing 13 inches of storage behind the seat of the Regular Cab and seating for three in the rear of the SuperCab. We'll have answers by the time the 2004 F-150 goes on sale this autumn. The system shifts intake and exhaust timing simultaneously. Even the blue oval badges on the nose and tail have been widened to nine inches.
The cargo box is two inches deeper than the old truck's for more capacity than competitors' beds, Ford says. Beefy, heavy-duty F-250s and F-350s have taken a bigger share of F-Series sales 912,000 for all F-Series in 2001 and 's rival Silverado has been gaining, too. The 2004 F also has innovations designed to entice people migrating out of sedans into trucks. If you order buckets or captain's chairs in the Lariat , the floor gearshift is a bold chrome-handle grip. That's the inverse of the current F-150, the exterior of which tried to look too sleek and modern, earning it a wimp image in some camps. Seat materials, whether vinyl, cloth, or the leather standard heated optional in Lariat, are the best we've seen in a pickup.
Ford also contends that the F-150 offers great ride, handling, comfort, and quietness, with no tradeoffs. . . . . . .
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