The latest in a long tradition of cowboy-themed luxury trucks, the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch has made its official debut at the Texas State Fair. Like all things Texas, you can bet your boots that the F-150 King Ranch does everything big.
The famous King Ranch – the actual ranch in Kingsville, Texas, not the truck – is among the largest in the world at over 1,300 square miles and runs a multi-faceted operation that includes ranching (duh), farming and hunting (also duh). Ford and King Ranch have been working together for twelve years, when the original F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew debuted back as a 2001 model. The truck has come a long way since then.
The 2013 F-150 King Ranch sports the new front grille sported across the entire F-150 range, but with plenty of unique amenities that sets it apart from its city slicker brothers. An all-black interior contrasts beautifully with downright sumptuous brown Chaparral leather seats that look like they came straight off the bull you just wrastled. A special King Ranch chrome package and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels are available, and fit the truck quite nicely, we’d reckon.
Ford would really like to push their 3.5L EcoBoost engine to the King Ranch-buying public, with 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque while also returning improved fuel economy. Something tells us, though, that most buyers will opt for the 5.0L V8 engine, even though it’s less powerful at 360 and 380 and far less efficient. Hey, the phrase doesn’t go “Everything’s greener in Texas” for a reason.
Whichever you choose, the 2013 F-150 King Ranch comes equipped with an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with towing mode. You and your ranch-hand can also opt for Hill Descent Control, HID headlights and a MyFord Touch system that’s designed to be operated while you’re wearing gloves out on the job. Sounds mighty fine.