With record snows continuing to fall across a wide swath of the U.S., Ford announced today (Feb. 7) at the Chicago Auto Show that they would be adding a snow plow prep option to the new generation 2015 Ford F-150 when it begins delivery just in time for the snow season next year.
Ford said they will offer the snow plow prep option, on the all-new F-150 across all of the cab configurations - Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew in the XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels.
The prep option package will require the truck to be equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive.
Until now, only three quarter (250 or 2500 series) or full ton (350 or 3500 series) pickup trucks have been so equipped.
Snow plowing services have long been offered by many small business and landscaping companies as a revenue producing service in the slower winter months. A good share of them have had to equip their fleets with larger trucks than they may have needed in order offer the snow plowing service in the winter months.
This new offering from Ford on the all-new aluminum body 2015 F-150 will provide them a cost effective opportunity to provide this service with a lighter duty truck.
“The new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter,” said Eric Peterson, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing. Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done.”
The snow plow prep kit is installed by Ford at the factory. Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (FQVM) will provide the plows and installation. Upon taking delivery of a new F-150 with the snow plow prep option, owners will need to take their truck to FQVM to purchase and install the plow hardware, Ford said. The maximum light-duty plow weight will be over 450 pounds.
The prep option from Ford will include a directed power capability feature to temporarily turn off nonessential features on the truck when the snow plow is activated in order to provide dedicated power for the plow.
Pricing for the snow plow prep option, excluding the plow, and other information will be announced later this year says Ford.