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2011 FORD F-SERIES TO GAIN ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST STEERING

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2011 FORD F-SERIES TO GAIN ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST STEERING

By Mark Kleis

As Ford prepares to launch a fully revised engine lineup for the 2011 F-150, the Dearborn-based automaker will also be implementing the first-ever standard application of electric power assist steering in a full-size truck.

Electric power steering, or Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) to the Ford folks, is a technology that allows for the removal of parasitic loss, which in turn can yield anywhere from one to four percent increased fuel economy. In addition to the welcome reduction in fuel consumption, EPAS can also be tuned dynamic input levels – in other words, it can be setup to require a very minimal amount of physical effort to steer in low speed situation such as parking, but can automatically tighten up for freeway speeds to yield a more controlled and familiar feel.

Thanks to the handy work of the folks over at Pickuptrucks, a 2011 F-150 order guide has been located which confirmed the use of EPAS in the 2011 F-150. The new system will come standard on the newly added 3.7-liter V6, the 5.0-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 – while the premium 6.2-liter V8 will continue to utilize conventional hydraulic steering in the SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson models.

Other goodies confirmed by use of the order guide include: verification of an available electronic locker across several models (previously limited to the FX4 and Raptor), standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel on the FX2/FX4 and Lariat models, and the return of the Lariat Limited – complete with new unique wheels and interior trim.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2011-ford-f-series-to-gain-electric-power-assist-steering.html

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