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2017 Ford F-150

When you've designed, engineered and put into production a vehicle as revolutionary and undeniably successful as the latest generation of the F-150 is, it must be pretty tempting to just sit back and reflect in the glory of a job very well done for a while. Well, if the folks at Ford did indulge in a little of that after what is now the thirteenth-generation of the full-size pickup was launched for the 2015 model year not so long ago, they certainly didn't do it for very long. Along with the 2017 Ford F-150 getting what feels like a long-awaited new-generation of the Raptor this time around, a new second-generation of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine has been added to the F-150 this year as well.

On the face of things, an open pickup should be a lot simpler vehicle than a sedan, crossover or SUV when they have all their space used for accommodating passengers and their cargo. But the truth is a pickup such as the 2017 Ford F-150 can be as simple or as complicated as you pretty much want it to be as there's an almost limitless array of configurations and options available so buyers can get exactly the right vehicle for their own particular requirements. To put things into some sort of context, the latest incarnation of the F-150 is available with: seven different trims, four engine options, two transmissions, three bed lengths, three cab configurations, and two different drivetrains. And that's before we even start thinking about colors, interiors, options and accessories.

The entry point into the 2017 Ford F-150 family is the reasonably basic and workmanlike XL model. From there the range goes to the XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims before we get to levels of luxury coupled with capability unheard of a few decades ago in the shape pf the hardcore, off-road focused new Raptor.

While trims, beds, cabs and the like are all important in their own right, any serious line of trucks has to first and foremost have the right engine choices to deal with the job at hand. There are certainly no issues in that direction with the 2017 Ford F-150 as the four different powerplants offered pretty much cover all the bases for a modern light-duty, full-size pickup.

The standard engine in the new F-150 is a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 producing a very capable 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. The next in the lineup is another V-6, but now we're into the realms of EcoBoost technology with a turbocharged unit developing an impressive 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. Not having a V-8 in the F-150 range may still be a step too far for some buyers, so Ford doesn't let anyone down as the third engine is the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 putting out 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque in this case. Perhaps the best is saved until last, which is the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 that now gets you 375 horsepower and a very healthy 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

The message coming out loud and clear here from Ford is this: whatever job you want your full-size light duty pickup truck to do, you'll find just the right one waiting for you somewhere in the simply stunning 2017 Ford F-150 lineup.