As the snow continues to pile up in record numbers around the country, new Ford F-150 owners are sitting pretty. That’s because Ford’s light duty 2015 F-150 comes with a “plow-prep” option that makes battling the snow seem like child’s play.
Why is this big news? Well, as you probably already know, heavy-duty trucks have long been equipped to be compatible with snow plows. But light duty trucks… well, over the years, there have actually been very few models that have the chassis and electrical compatibility to accommodate the tool.
The new F-150 is one of those rare exceptions, specifically engineered to take on what can be a tall task.
“By using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new (F-150) up to 700 pounds lighter,” says Eric Peterson, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing.”
When it comes to the electrical aspect, Ford has also upgraded from previous years. Instead of using a simple dual electric system that delivers power to both different accessories and plow controls (a configuration that failed for the F-150 during previous years’ designs), the new F-150 has a dash button that allows drivers switch off the heated seats, heated steering wheel, and fog lights so power can be delivered solely to the steering and the plow.
Sounds ideal, right?
Well, it gets even better. The “plow-prep” option for the new F-150 only costs $50 more and requires no tweaks to the suspension or the chassis.
This, of course, allows drivers to focus all of their attention on getting the proper plow tools to help battle the frigid elements.