The 2012 Ford F-150 is expected to increase its payload capacity by as much as 29.5 percent, according to Ford.
Ford has published its 2012 Fleet Preview Guide, which summarizes updates for models across Ford's broad vehicle lineup. The document notes a significant jump in hauling capability for the four-door SuperCrew configuration. Preliminary maximum payload capacity will increase from 2,000 pounds to 2,590 pounds for the two-wheel-drive model with the 6-foot-5-inch cargo box and 1,890 pounds to 2,340 pounds for the four-wheel-drive version.
The increase is expected for F-150s optioned with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that's rated at 365 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.
We've asked Ford to confirm the payload hike but haven't received final word.
[Source: Ford, H/T to David for the tip!]