A new report from our sister site, Ford Authority, indicates a new Ford F-150 with independent rear suspension is currently in the works.
It’s not clear when the updated F-150 will arrive, although it’s debut is believed to be just around the corner. This revised F-150 will introduce the alleged independent rear suspension version of the truck. It will only be offered on one or two F-150 variants, according to sources, with the rest of the range retaining the truck’s current leaf spring/solid rear configuration.
Independent rear suspension isn’t as well-suited to towing or driving with heavy loads as a solid rear axle setup, but can offer superior handling and a more refined, comfortable ride. This would make an IRS setup well suited to a high-priced luxury version of the truck, which may not be purchased by customers who do much towing, or a sportier version that demands more agile handling.
With Ford and General Motors always closely monitoring each other’s pickup programs, it’s not far-fetched to think that GM has at least thought of adding IRS to the Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra, or will plan on responding with a similar once it sees the alleged IRS F-150 variant. The Silverado received a heavy update for the 2019 model year, though, so such a radical change may have to wait until the next-generation Silverado arrives.
Toyota may also have an IRS version of the Tundra in the works, with the Japanese automaker having been recently spotted testing a prototype with low-hanging ‘curtains’ to cover up any secrets with regard to the truck’s suspension. The company could have also been hiding some sort of spring or air-suspension setup similar to the Ram 1500’s.
Source: Ford Authority