Ever wanted a scale in your four-wheeled office, particularly when it comes to hauling and towing? Ford will have you covered on that score with its F-150 this summer.
“We’re constantly working to deliver a continuous history of capable, strong and smart trucks designed to make the F-150 customer even more productive,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, “This summer we’re delivering three new features all about enhancing the F-150 customer experience while delivering even greater confidence when towing and hauling.”
First, there will be onboard scales to measure and display the approximate weight of the payload in the truck. Load information will be routed to the center touch screen with a graphic representation of the truck, on a mobile phone through the FordPass™ app or in graphics within the truck’s smart taillamps.
Smart taillamps operate like a mobile phone’s battery gauge, displaying the percentage of payload capacity by illuminating LEDs arranged in a built-in vertical bar. As the truck is loaded, all four lights illuminate, showing it’s fully loaded. If the truck is overloaded, the top lights blink.
Second, a class-exclusive Smart Hitch will help customers easily load trailers and better practice safe towing. After the trailer is set up in the center touch screen, Smart Hitch calculates its tongue weight and provides guidance on weight distribution or hitch overloading on the screen, on FordPass™ or within the smart taillamps. The truck also will show if hitch weight is too high or low or can guide owners through properly tensioning a weight redistributing hitch.
Finally, the all-new 2021 F-150 offers available continuously controlled damping for enhanced ride and handling characteristics, especially when towing or hauling.
Damping force is used to control unwanted motions such as bounce, pitch and roll, reducing the severity the truck – and its passengers – will feel from traveling through a pothole. When a pothole edge is detected, the dampers firm up, preventing the tires from dropping as deep into the hole.
These features can be ordered in early June, with deliveries beginning in late summer.