The ongoing microchip shortage is a crisis that is slated to continue for at least another six months, although Ford CEO Jim Farley expects it to potentially last through 2023. Regardless, the company recently indicated it will more explicitly reduce the amount of chips required by vehicles, a move that so far has seen the 2022 Ford Explorer temporarily ditch the second row climate control unit. As Ford Authority previously reported, other vehicles are being streamlined to compensate for the lack of microchips, with vehicles like the 2022 Ford Expedition largely eschewing formerly standard tech like auto start/stop so production can remain open. According to sources familiar with Ford’s upcoming production plans, the 2022 Ford F-150 lineup will also incorporate a removal option for a piece of advanced tech that until recently was available throughout the pickup’s model range, although the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is not impacted by the change.
The change will be incorporated into Job 2 of 2022 Ford F-150 production, although The Blue Oval hasn’t yet set a date for that event. When it does happen, Active Park Assist 2.0 will be effectively removed from the lineup, as packages that previously included the tech will be required to bundle the removal option. The tech allows drivers to let the vehicle take over in parallel and perpendicular parking situations and can also be used to pull out of parallel spots. Going forward, the Active Park Assist 2.0 Removal option will be bundled with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active package, which previously including the tech. That particular package is optional on the Lariat High 502A equipment group and will solely feature Ford BlueCruise going forward. That same package is optional on King Ranch and included with the Platinum High 701A equipment group, in addition to being optional on Tremor.
Similarly, the Limited trim will no longer feature Active Park Assist 2.0 either, as it came standard, and the Tremor will no longer offer it either, as it too can be paired with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active package. The XL, XLT, and Raptor trims did not offer the tech either as a standalone option or as part of a bundled package.
Like other vehicles in the Ford lineup, the 2022 Ford F-150 has also incorporated an auto start/stop removal option into its model range, and the recent decision to essentially drop Active Park Assist 2.0 will likely be augmented by future production changes as The Blue Oval figures out the best methods for keeping its assembly plants humming along. The current supply chain snafus have prompted customers to order their vehicles instead of picking them out on dealer lots, a trend that now accounts for roughly one third of the automaker’s sales.