Ford is shining the light on its F-150. Not just any light either. The truck is now available with factory installed strobe lights.
This is the first time Ford is offering a strobe light kit on its F-150. It’s for fleet F150s only, not for regular use pickups. It already offers the kit on the 2016 F-Series Super Duty.
Basically, the whole idea is safety here. The bright warning lights are designed for use by utility, road construction and municipal crews. They’ll warn motorists at construction and other potentially hazardous sites workers may be present and to drive carefully. They’ll make the truck visible at up to 1,000 feet away during the day and up to 1 mile away at night.
The lights are weather-resistant, low-power LEDs. The hood gets a pair and another set is in the rear on either side of the center brake light. Ford says the rear strobes alone create 180 degrees of visibility. You can customize the flashing pattern.
Ford says because they are installed in the factory, you won’t have the corrosion problem you sometimes get with aftermarket lights. They are directly built into the vehicle using a no drill system.
To order them, you have to have a Ford fleet customer number. Then Ford says ordering them is as easy as checking off a box. The truck is then delivered to your dealership.
The 2016 F-150 starts at $26,430. It offers four engine choices; the base 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower, 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 282 horsepower, and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 with 385 horsepower. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost offers a top towing capacity of 12,200 pounds.
Another handy work feature is the New Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. Dynamic Hitch Assist and 360-Degree Camera with Split-View Display are also offered.
Check out Jerry Reynolds review of the 2016 F-150 Limited here.