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Ford Updates F-150 for 2012

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Although it's been less than a year since Ford completely overhauled the F-150's powertrain lineup, the automaker isn't content to let its most popular vehicle remain unchanged for long. That's why Ford is making several updates to its large pickup for 2012, from a new appearance package to a series of equipment revisions designed to give the truck every possible edge over its difficult competition.

Most important among the F-150's 2012 updates is the addition of a new appearance package. Dubbed the FX Appearance Package, the option is designed to give the truck a sporty character by adding matte-black exterior accents and stripes. The package also includes unique matte-black 20-inch alloy wheels, a black grille, red tailgate emblems and red badges on rear fenders denoting whether the truck is a two-wheel drive "FX2" model or a four-wheel drive version, dubbed "FX4."

Inside, the pickup's FX Appearance Package continues the sporty theme by adding red accents and piping to the pickup's black leather upholstery. Other unique interior touches include black-painted dash accents, a satin shift lever and door handles, and brushed metal surfaces.

"The new FX package delivers a distinctive style that truck buyers are looking for without compromising on any of the F-150's rugged qualities," said Raj Sarkar, marketing manager for the F-150. "It expands our range of specialty vehicles with custom elements that customers previously could find only in the aftermarket."

Beyond the new FX Appearance Package, the 2012 F-150 gains several detail changes aimed at subtly improving the best-selling pickup. First, automatic four-wheel drive replaces a shift-on-the-fly system in upscale Lariat, King Range and Platinum models. The pickup also adds a standard Hill Start Assist function to prevent it from rolling back on inclines, along with a neutral tow capability allowing owners to tow their F-150s behind RVs and campers. Finally, XL and XLT models now offer a new light-duty 163-inch SuperCab wheelbase, while XL, XLT and Lariat Crew Cab models are newly available with the automaker's 157-inch wheelbase.

"These changes are centered around making F-150 an even more useful tool for our customers," said Jackie DiMarco, the pickup's chief engineer. "We're continuously raising the bar when it comes to capability, and these upgrades and new technologies push us even further."

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