If there’s one part of a pickup truck which you think you may never be able to re-engineer to make it better, it’s the bed. As Ford points out, humans have been using square-shaped boxes on vehicles to transport cargo since the days of horse-drawn carriages, so by now, you’d expect us to have it down pat. However with its new 2015 F-150, the blue oval managed to innovate even the most basic part of the pickup.
Ford calls their re-engineered bed the ‘BoxLink’ cargo management system. This feature adds lockable, die-cast tie down cleats to the bed along with LED box lights, a power-locking and remote tailgate release and segment-first telescoping cargo ramps.
The tie-down cleats can be attached in four different locations in the F-150’s bed, or hook directly to the unique BoxLink interface plate. Ford says they can accommodate a horizontal (cross-box) load of 275 pounds and a diagonal load of 600 pounds. The outgoing F-150 also featured four tie-down locations in the bed, bringing the total for the 2015 model to eight.
The 2015 F-150’s revamped BoxLink cargo bed features LED lighting for extra visibility at night or when a bed cover or cap is used. There is a button which turns the light on and off in both the cabin and in the bed of the truck. Lariat Mid or Luxury, King Ranch and Platinum F-150s also come equipped tailgate which has an LED light integrated into the release handles, helpfully illuminating the trailer hitch at night.
In addition to these enhancements, certain trim level F-150s will also come with a remote power locking and remote tailgate that can be released by pushing a button on the key fob, which Ford notes is helpful when your hands are full.