It is no secret that Ford is doubling down on its latest iteration of the iconic F-series line-up of full-size pickups–from the powertrains to the chassis, the interior to the body panels, Ford has pooled all its efforts in an attempt to keep the F-150 the segment leader. Though all of these enhancements are very important ones indeed, the men and women from the Blue Oval are asserting their insatiable thirst for improvement in every area of their latest and greatest pick-up, even down to the headlamps.
In a recent press release from Ford, they have added another industry first: the first full-size pickup to utilize standard LED headlamps. Perhaps it may seem as a rather trivial accomplishment upon first glance, but Ford is heralding these latest headlights as capable of lasting 5 times longer than conventional bulbs, with a rugged durability unrivalled by standard headlamps.
Whilst standing rather confidently on the 11-pound headlight assembly,Ford lighting expert John Teodecki said, “Stand on it … This lens just won’t break. We fire stones at it, expose it to extreme sun, soak it in saltwater, shoot rocks, rock salt, and ice–this thing is very tough to crack.”
It may very well be the case that many owners will not recognize the most minute details in the latest F-150 but Ford is proving its “Built Ford Tough” mantra more so now than ever. Here’s to hoping this drive for dependability and uncompromising engineering will translate to an even higher standard of what a full-size truck should be like, raising the quality and longevity of future vehicles to come.