There’s a easy rule within the truck wars: numbers all the time go up. It would not matter if it is the utmost towing capability, most horsepower, or most variety of cupholders: This 12 months’s full-size vehicles should present extra in each class. That is why we have been stunned to see that, for 2024, the brand new Ford F-150’s max payload quantity has truly fallen in comparison with final 12 months’s mannequin.
The 2023 F-150 supplied as much as 3315 kilos of hauling capability. For 2024, that quantity falls to 2455 kilos.
An 860-lb drop sounds cataclysmic. However for the vehicles individuals truly order, it is not going to make a lot of a distinction. As a result of whereas that 3315-pound quantity supplied Ford with loads of bragging rights, precise consumers virtually by no means optioned a truck to have that form of hauling capability. It required you to get a 5.0-liter V-8 single-cab 4×2 truck with an eight-foot mattress, the Max Trailer Tow bundle, and the Heavy-Obligation Payload bundle. That final bundle is what gave it the 800-pound payload benefit over the remainder of the lineup, however Ford axed it to restrict configurations.
“The 2024 F-150 nonetheless affords best-in-class max payload functionality. Payload was diminished when the Heavy Payload bundle was eliminated for the 2024 mannequin 12 months,” a Ford spokesperson informed Highway & Observe.
The corporate centered closely on eliminating order complexity for the brand new F-150. Meaning eliminating as many packages as potential. Provided that the Heavy Payload bundle was not often optioned and required a bunch of tweaks—together with totally different springs, tires, drivetrain cooling, and many others.—it is not stunning to see it is off the menu. Particularly as a result of, because the spokesperson famous, Ford’s max payload determine nonetheless trumps all of its rivals. If you need greater than that, you may need to get a heavy-duty truck.
“We’re simplifying our choices based mostly on how we all know clients truly use their automobile and operating the enterprise extra effectively,” the spokesperson informed R&T. “We’re additionally bundling the preferred options and making it even simpler for purchasers to rapidly construct, value, and order the F-150 that greatest meets their work and recreation wants. This ends in many advantages: increased high quality, improved buyer expertise—simpler for purchasers to order and sellers to inventory, and quicker to show the models.”
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