Yup, you read that right: the popular Ford F-150 will soon offer an independent rear suspension.
According to sources familiar with FoMoCo’s plans speaking to Ford Authority on the basis of anonymity, The Blue Oval is planning to introduce at least one Ford F-150 model with an independent rear end. The move will mark a notable departure from the current F-150 offerings, all of which utilize a leaf spring rear end setup with a solid rear axle.
We should note that IRS is in store for only one (or perhaps two) models of the F-150, and that most other variants will stick with the current leaf spring/solid rear configuration.
An independent rear suspension is known for delivering a more agile and more comfortable ride, but typically comes at the expense of capability in terms of towing and hauling/payload capacity. From what we understand, the particular Ford F-150 variant that is destined to offer the independent rear suspenders will have less of a focus on trailering and hauling.