We at Truckin magazine feel that a no-BS approach to information is the most important. Therefore, we have compiled a straight to the point, no-frills list of the changes that will be affecting the 2013 truck lineups.
When Ford came out with their redesigned F-150 in 2009 and then introduced a whole new line of engines in 2011, people thought they were done for a while. We have learned that Ford doesn’t rest on their laurels. In 2013, they have several changes affecting all three of their current truck lines. For the F-150, you’ll see new front end options, including a C-clamp–style grille like that of the Super Duty. Ford has also added a new set of 20-inch wheels to their popular chrome package. Another option available for the 2013 F-150 is power folding and extending mirrors. Ford also offers a Limited trim package for the F-150, which features SYNC with MyFord Touch, rain-sensing wipers, and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels. Finally, Ford is offering three new colors for their ½-ton fleet: Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.
With all the changes to the ½-ton F-150, one would wonder if Ford forgot about the ¾- and 1-ton Super Duty series. The answer is a resounding no. The biggest change is the addition of a Platinum edition trim level. This offers luxurious interior styling along with the rugged quality that Ford is known for. The dash center stack of the Super Duty has been redesigned and received a healthy dose of technology via Ford’s SYNC with MyFord Touch. A truck-specific version of SYNC is available with large, tactile buttons and large rotating knobs to accommodate work gloves. Also new for 2013 are standard features like power-telescoping mirrors and power-adjustable pedals, remote start, USB ports, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Finally, Ford’s SVT Raptor, which has been a hit since its debut in 2010, receives even more capability to the already adept off-roader. An industry-exclusive option is beadlock-capable wheels. This allows new owners to upgrade to beadlocks after purchase for increased grip in low-traction conditions. HID headlights are also going to be available for the new 2013. Just like many of their other truck lines, Ford has introduced a new color for the Raptor. This one, however, isn’t a shiny new metallic, rather a desert camo-inspired flat beige. Obviously, Ford isn’t trying to sit back and let the others catch up.
Each trim level receives an LCD screen in the gauge cluster, while an 8.4-inch touchscreen
Along with Ford, Ram is not sitting back and enjoying the increased sales of their new-body-style truck. In 2013, they have completely redesigned the frame and suspension on their ½-ton Ram pickups. The biggest change is the addition of full air suspension as an option. The system will kneel when entering the vehicle or loading cargo, and has four other settings, which include: normal ride height, aero mode, off-road 1, and off-road 2. The total height difference is four inches from kneel to off-road 2. The system will also level the truck when towing or hauling cargo. Other significant changes include the addition of the Pentastar V-6 engine, TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, and a whole host of fuel saving features that give the Ford EcoBoost a run for its money. The expected gas mileage numbers for the 2013 Ram are 18 city and 25 highway. The interior has also received a makeover that includes new materials, upgraded electronics, and new LCD screens in all the trim levels.
We haven’t seen any significant changes to the Silverado and Sierra line since 2007. They have changed the bumpers and grilles, but other than those minor tweaks, these trucks have remained the same. GM is sticking with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy into 2013 as well. In the 1500 model, you can expect powertrain grade braking in the six-speed transmissions and an HD-style grille.
In the HD series, GM has introduced a bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and a 6.0L V-8 bi-fuel engine in the 2500HD extended cab version. In the 3500HD Chassis Cabs, GM has increased the horsepower and torque of the 6.6L Duramax to 397 hp and 765 lb-ft. Both the 1500 and HD series will also receive two new exterior colors, Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic. It looks like GM is gearing up for big changes coming in 2014.
At the time of print, neither Nissan nor Toyota had photos or information available regarding their new-for-2013 trucks. Here are images of the 2012 models, which should accurately depict their appearance.