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Ford F-150 pick-up truck heading to Australia again in right-hand drive

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Ford is importing the giant American F-150 pick-up truck into Australia again for the first time in two decades.

With a length of 5.885 metres, the bestselling vehicle on American roads would be one of the biggest cars in Australia.

Only the Chevrolet Silverado, at 5.931 metres, is longer while the F-150 is a little bigger than the Dodge RAM at 5.833 metres.

In the North American pick-up truck stakes, General Motors and Chrysler will now have competition in Australia again with Ford announcing this week it would sell the F-150 in right-hand drive locally for the first time since 2001.

Ford is importing the giant F-150 pick-up truck into Australia again for the first time in two decades

Ford is importing the giant F-150 pick-up truck into Australia again for the first time in two decades

With a length of 5.885 metres, the bestselling vehicle on American roads would be one of the biggest cars on the road in Australia

With a length of 5.885 metres, the bestselling vehicle on American roads would be one of the biggest cars on the road in Australia

The crew-cab pick-up trucks are set to arrive in Ford dealerships from mid-2023.

This means enthusiasts for the big Ford truck won’t have to privately import one and have it converted from left-hand drive.

The F-150 sold in Australia will be available in an XLT, a model name that also appears on the popular Ranger, and in a more upmarket Lariat version.

Despite the size, it won’t come with a V8 in Australia even though a V8 Raptor version is sold in the United States.

Nor will the fully-electric version, also available in the US as the Lightning model, be arriving Down Under. 

Instead, the Ford F-150 in Australia will only be offered with a 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 with an impressive 298 kilowatts of power and towing capacity of 4.5 tonnes.

This is much more powerful than the V6 diesel that will be offered on the upcoming Ford Ranger, with 186 kilowatts of power.

Diesel engines were last year dropped from the Ford F-150 range in the U.S.

Natalie Manariti, the manager of Ford Australia’s truck line-up, said the V6 for the Australian market F-150 had more power than most V8s.

‘When we began looking at F-150 for an Australian return, there was one engine that stood out for us – the 3.5 litre EcoBoost which gives F-150 immense power and torque, more than many of its V8 competitors,’ she said. 

In the North American pick-up truck stakes, General Motors and Chrysler will now have competition in Australia again with Ford announcing this week would sell the F-150 in right-hand drive locally for the first time since 2001

In the North American pick-up truck stakes, General Motors and Chrysler will now have competition in Australia again with Ford announcing this week would sell the F-150 in right-hand drive locally for the first time since 2001

The crew-cab pick-up trucks are set to arrive in Ford dealerships from mid-2023. The Ford F-150 in Australia will be offered with a 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 with an impressive 298 kilowatts of power and towing capacity of 4.5 tonnes. But it won't be sold in Australia as a V8 or an all-electric model

The crew-cab pick-up trucks are set to arrive in Ford dealerships from mid-2023. The Ford F-150 in Australia will be offered with a 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 with an impressive 298 kilowatts of power and towing capacity of 4.5 tonnes. But it won’t be sold in Australia as a V8 or an all-electric model

Toyota used a similar argument to justify ditching the V8 for the new LandCruiser and selling it as a V6. 

Andrew Birkic, the chief executive of Ford in Australia and New Zealand, said Australian motorists wanted a big pick-up truck that gave them freedom.

‘We’ve listened to fans and dealers and found a way to bring F-150 to Australia,’ he said.

‘As the pinnacle of “Built Ford tough”, it will give our customers even more choice when they’re in the market for a pick-up.

‘We just can’t wait to unleash it.’ 

RMA Automotive, an engineering company, will be charged with converting the F-150s into right-hand drive at Mickelham, in Melbourne’s north.

The F-150 sold in Australia will be available in an XLT, model name that also appears on the popular Ranger, and in a more upmarket Lariat version

The F-150 sold in Australia will be available in an XLT, model name that also appears on the popular Ranger, and in a more upmarket Lariat version

RMA Automotive, an engineering company, will be charged with converting the F-150s into right-hand drive at Mickelham north of Melbourne

RMA Automotive, an engineering company, will be charged with converting the F-150s into right-hand drive at Mickelham north of Melbourne

The Ford F-150’s history in Australia dates back to 1973 when the big pick-up truck appeared on the road as an ambulance, with Ford selling converted, right-hand drive pick-up trucks on and off until 2001.

Despite a new model arriving later this year, the outgoing Ford Ranger is often Australia’s second-biggest selling ute after the Toyota HiLux, although it was No. 1 in September, October, November and December last year.

But in February, the Thai-built Ranger was Australia’s third-biggest selling ute behind the Mitsubishi Triton – coming fourth in the overall sales charts.

A new Ranger model due in showrooms in 2022 has been styled to resemble the tough-looking F-150.

Ford may have another challenge should Toyota decide to import into Australia the Tundra pick-up truck, primarily designed for the American market with a length of 5.933 metres.

Toyota’s HiLux has been Australia’s annual bestseller since 2016 while the Ford F-150 has been the American No.1 since 1982. 

RMA Automotive, an engineering company, will be charged with converting the F-150s into right-hand drive at Mickelham, in Melbourne's north

RMA Automotive, an engineering company, will be charged with converting the F-150s into right-hand drive at Mickelham, in Melbourne’s north

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