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2016 Ford F-150 Will Get All-New Pro Trailer Backup Assist

2016 Ford F-150 Will Get All-New Pro Trailer Backup Assist

Ford has just thrown a curve ball at its competition. For 2016, the F-150 can be optioned with an assist feature that makes backing trailers an easier chore. It’s called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist and it utilizes the F-150’s new electronic steering system to remove the counterintuitive steering required when reversing with a trailer.

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2016 Ford F-150 Will Get All-New Pro Trailer Backup Assist

2016 Ford F-150 Will Get All-New Pro Trailer Backup Assist

Ford has just thrown a curve ball at its competition. For 2016, the F-150 can be optioned with an assist feature that makes backing trailers an easier chore. It’s called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist and it utilizes the F-150’s new electronic steering system to remove the counterintuitive steering required when reversing with a trailer.

It works by a hand-operated knob mounted low on the center console. When the transmission enters reverse, the system becomes operational. The driver simply rotates the knob left or right – in the same direction he or she needs the trailer to go – and the electronic system takes over the steering. The Pro Trailer Backup Assist removes the need for the driver to counter steer the truck – a task that can sometimes befuddle the best of us.

Ford hasn’t announced how much the option will cost, but figure around $500. Likewise, Ford has not announced any other vehicles this system will be offered in, but it’s a sure bet Pro Trailer Backup Assist will come on the next generation Super Duty pickups due out as 2017 models.

The Super Duty will feature many of the same advancements found in the 2015 F-150, including its aluminum body and its all-new interior. Yes, Ford will no longer offer such separate interior designs between the half-ton and heavy duty trucks. This falls in line with both General Motors and Ram, as neither automaker offer separate interior designs.

Expect to find 2016 F-150s hitting showroom floors in the fall of 2015.

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