Now that the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is about to wrap up its first year in production, Ford has announced a new styling package called the Special Edition Appearance Package for XLT and Lariat trim levels of the aluminum-bodied truck.

The new Special Edition Appearance Package recalls the look of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor package with its red-and-black hockey-stick decals that wrap around to the rear of the truck. The new appearance package also adds bespoke grilles for the two trim levels, and a special set of 20-inch wheels with Sport written out in red script on each, along one of its six spokes. The XLT trim has a dark anodized grille with black mesh inserts while the upscale Lariat gets the red accents on its dark anodized grille. Black side steps, smoked headlamps, and red sport letterings finish off the exterior upgrades.

Ford didn’t leave the inside for wanting either. The dash gets red French stitching that matches the red leather inserts on the new special edition Alcantara seats. The black leather trim that complements the seats’ red accents also has Sport embossed just below the headrests. Lastly, Ford designers added seatbelts with red accents. The new look certainly pulls in a high-performance feel for the otherwise down-to-business cabin.

Beyond the new Special Edition, the 2016 F-150 also gets an upgraded infotainment system. Gone is the old MyFordTouch, replaced by SYNC 3. The new system is said to be easier to use, offer high-speed performance, and have enhanced voice recognition. The truck also has the new option of Pro Trailer Backup Assist that allows for more intuitive steering control while backing up a trailer.

Two new exterior colors also make their appearance: Shadow Black replaces Tuxedo Black and Lithium Gray replaces Guard Metallic. Ford is also offering a set of 20-inch wheels as a factory option on the base XL trim level. Lastly, fleet customers can now order the 5.0-liter V-8 with the gaseous-fuel prep package in order to run off Compressed Natural Gas or Liquid Propane.

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Why it matters

Trucks have become the vehicle of choice to make personal statements, and Ford is happy to oblige those customers looking for more style on their rigs right from the factory. The new exterior graphics matched with the (very cool) Alcantara seats with contrasting red stitching does take the F-150 to a new level aesthetically. And from the number of previous-generation F-150s I see wearing the predecessor to this graphics package, I say Ford won’t have any trouble selling the upgraded Sport Appearance Package on the 2016 model.

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Press Release

The 2016 Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 38 years, continues to innovate with the addition of breakthrough towing technology, new Special Edition Appearance Packages, SYNC 3 and alternative fuel capability.

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All-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway. The segment-first technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed. Leveraging advanced camera technology, Ford engineers developed the system and tested it for almost a decade. Along the way, Ford earned five patents for the technology, with 10 more pending.

The Special Edition Packages for XLT and Lariat further personalize F-150 to customer tastes, adding all-new unique 20-inch premium anodized dark-painted aluminum wheels with red sport lettering, black running boards, smoked headlamps, unique bodyside graphics and badging, special edition seats with Alcantara® inserts, red contrast stitching and red bolsters, and unique red stitching on the steering wheel, transmission gear selector boot and instrument panel. This package also features a dark anodized grille with black mesh on XLT while the Lariat dark anodized grille receives red accents.

F-150 also features SYNC 3 – Ford’s newest communications and entertainment system that features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance and capacitive touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.

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Responding to customer requests, the 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine will offer a gaseous-fuel prep option, making it the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.

New features and color choices

Other changes for the 2016 F-150 include:

SYNC 3 replaces Sync with MyFord Touch
XLT and Lariat models add available Special Edition Appearance Package (requires Sport Appearance Package)

Shadow Black replaces Tuxedo Black
Lithium Gray replaces Guard Metallic
20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted silver pockets available on XL

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