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2016 Ford F-150 with trailer backup assist

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2016 Ford F-150 with trailer backup assist

 

Ford released some news last week about a feature that will
be available with next years' 2016 Ford F-150. Called Pro Trailer Backup
Assist, it seeks to make reversing with a trailer easier than ever.

Now some would say that if you can't reverse a trailer and park
it by hand, you have no business driving with a trailer. However, Ford is
attempting to make life a little easier for leisure trailer users and
occasional towers and we think it's a useful idea.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist uses a reversing camera and a
dedicated steering control on the centre stack to line up with the trailer. No
need to use the steering wheel or use mirrors here. Rotate the knob in either
direction and it will be echoed in the vehicle movement. Vehicle speed will be
automatically limited too, to avoid those nasty surges as your concentration is
elsewhere.

While this might seem like a gimmick, the idea behind it is
a sound one. If you don't tow a trailer very often it can be a nervous
experience. Pro Trailer Backup Assist will make reversing a trailer easier than
ever and should prevent some of those casual towers taking up so much time as
they try to line their boat up at the slip.

2016 Ford F-150

Thanks to the International Auto Show in Detroit, we know a
little about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at least. We also know that the 2016
Ford F-150 will have multiple fuel options as we reported a week or so ago. In
fact, it looks like it's going to be a good year to be a F-150 owner.

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor eschews the thirsty but lusty V8
with an EcoBoost V6. While Ford have yet to release performance figures, they
promise that it will have more power than the old V8 while offering better gas
mileage. Add a new 10 speed automatic transmission and you have quite the
powertrain.

The Raptor will also be lighter, a whole 500 pounds lighter.
The new aluminium body shell accounts for much of that, while improvements in
the platform will probably count for some too. The Raptor will also benefit
from new Fox shocks, a computerized Terrain Management System and more off-road
loveliness.

While we have a while to wait for the 2017 Ford F-150
Raptor, the 2016 Ford F-150 should be incoming sooner. Keep an eye on Northway Ford Lincoln for news and prices.

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