The move to an aluminum body (and a high-strength steel frame) increases fuel efficiency by 20% while maintaining the same power as the previous model. In addition, Ford has added some very helpful accessories, such as integrated loading ramps (for ATVs, motorcycles and mowers), a 360-degree camera for working in close quarters, and a tailgate that can be locked and unlocked with the key fob.
To make sure the truck stood up to the job, Ford did extensive testing. For example, Ford entered the truck in the 2013 Baja 1000 – an incredibly tough, 883-mile off-road race – and it didn't miss a beat.
Ford also put prototype trucks to work on job sites in Pennsylvania, Appalachia, and at a Nevada gold mine for two years and more than 300,000 miles of hard work. You can learn more about that in the video, below, and check out the truck in person at your local Ford dealer later this year.