Update 2: 2010 Ford F-150 Receives Minor Updates


Update #2 July-24-2009 08:57 PDT:
Ford just e-mailed us a picture of the new base wheel for the F-150 XL model. It will be available in the standard 6-lug pattern and as a 7-lug wheel, as part of the optional heavy duty payload package.

Update #1 July-21-2009 11:44 PDT:
Here's an update to the 2010 model year changes for the F-150 after speaking with Mark Grueber, marketing manager for the Ford F-150.

  • Upgraded brakes: The only notable engineering change for the 2010 F-150 is an overhauled brake system. It includes new rotors that are 6 percent larger than last year's rotors, plus new front calipers, master cylinder, brake booster and linings. Grueber said F-150 drivers should see improved brake feel, reduced stopping distance and reduced brake dust thanks to the upgrades.
  • Durable vinyl flooring is now available for the first time in the four-door XL SuperCrew work truck. Carpet is optional.
  • The front headrests have been redesigned based on customer feedback. They sit about a half-inch farther back and use a new foam material.
  • FX2 Sport Model: After going on hiatus in 2009, the FX2 Sport returns for 2010 on SuperCab and SuperCrew 4×2 trims. Appearance upgrades include 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, a unique billet-style grille, body-colored front and rear bumpers, a unique lower valence and color-accented angular step bars. There's also chrome-tipped exhaust, fog lamps and sport cloth captain's chairs with a flow-through console.
  • The entry-level XL model receives unique new wheels.
  • New exterior colors: White Platinum Tri-Coat, Molten Orange Tri-Coat (Raptor only), Ingot Silver, Tuxedo Black and Lava (Harley only). Some of last year's colors have been dropped, including Amber Gold, Brilliant Silver, Stone Green, Black and White Sand Tri-Coat.
  • Notable deletions: The stylish flareside box is no longer offered for 2010, and the 133-inch-wheelbase SuperCab configuration with a 5.5-foot box is no longer available, except for on the .

Ford has released information about the 2010 Ford F-150. The half-ton pickup receives several minor updates, including:

  • MyKey: Ford's exclusive programmable key is available for all models except the entry-level XL. MyKey is aimed at parents of teen drivers. It features a persistent buckle-up reminder chime and mutes the truck's stereo until the seat belt is fastened. Audio system volume is limited to 44 percent of the maximum volume, and top speed is limited to 80 mph, with speed alert chimes at 45, 55 or 65 mph. It also disables the traction control system from being deactivated.
  • As we reported , Ford is dropping the "superior fuel economy" label from two-wheel-drive F-150 pickups equipped with the 4.6-liter, three-valve V-8 next year, but keeping the SFE's 15/21 mpg city/highway fuel-economy rating.
  • King Ranch and Platinum models get heated second-row seats, a power-sliding rear window with defrost, and a Sony in-dash six-CD player.
  • XLT model gets a new unique six-bar billet-style grille (pictured at top) with the optional new XLT Chrome Package. Last year's three-bar chrome grille is still available for standard XLT F-150.

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