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Ford F-Series May Drop Cab Configurations Under New Plan

Ford previewed a major shift in its business strategy last week when the automaker announced that it would be splitting itself into two distinct entities – Model e, which will focus on EVs, and Ford Blue, which will continue to handle ICE-powered vehicles. One of the many interesting tidbits that came from this announcement was the fact that Model e will have considerable influence over Ford Blue, and that the latter would focus on making improvements in terms of lowering costs and increasing efficiency. As it turns out, the automaker could achieve both by dropping some cab configurations on the Ford F-Series.

“You know, on the complexity side, I think it surprised even us that the F-150 Lightning generated 200,000 reservations with one cab, one box, 4×4, those are the truck choices, and standard and long-range battery,” said Lisa Drake vice president for EV industrialization, Ford Model e. “200,000 units at scale on one body style configuration. Dearborn Trucking – Kentucky truck, for example, can run 70, 80, in some cases, 90 jobs an hour in those facilities. And you can imagine how efficient they will be when we can reduce that complexity on EVs down to the levels that we’ve seen on the F-150 Lightning? That is going to unlock amazing efficiency through the process. And when we learn those things, we will then apply them back to Ford Blue. This is this complementary work that we see between these two organizations and I’m super excited to get started.”

Though Drake doesn’t specifically come out and confirm that FoMoCo is looking at reducing the cab configurations on the Ford F-Series, these comments certainly seem to indicate that it’s possible, at least. And it would make a lot of sense, as SuperCrew, four-wheel drive pickups tend to dominate the sales charts these days.

Ford has also already made this same type of move a number of times in recent months. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last June, the 2022 Ford Super Duty King Ranch and Platinum trims are only available with four-wheel drive, as is also the case with the 2022 Ford Edge. Meanwhile, many more changes are on the horizon for The Blue Oval, as Ford is moving to more of a build-to-order paradigm that will pare down inventory on dealer lots and focus on models of limited configurations.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford Super Duty newsFord F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Alonzo@

    Big mistake killing Supercab …

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    1. Tony H.

      100%. I have zero interest in a 5.5′ box for anything I need a truck for. Guess im stuck in the used market then.

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  2. John Wagner

    If they plan to restrict the customers choices, they better think about how they might react.

    They’ve already surrendered the entire car market (except Mustang) to other manufacturers.

    The assumption that customers would buy an EcoSport Premium instead of a Focus ST was absurd. Those customers are gone, maybe forever.

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  3. Dwayne

    Makes alot of sense. Get rid of the strength of your product. One reason f series has been so successful is the amount of different models and configurations. Greed will always bring you down. What brings down a company more than competition is bad decisions from within. The new executives don’t look at history. They can’t see the forest for the trees. No common sense.

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  4. Ruben Beltran

    Just don’t lose the CREW CAB CONFIGURATION🙏🏽. I don’t fit very comfortably in very much anything else that is a Ford truck. Plus all I drive AND prefer is my/a Ford crew cab FX4 Lariat. I was looking for another Harley edition truck but that went away😔😡😢🤭so I went a level down in my book 📕

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  5. Robert Tessier

    Pretty simple to me. You take away what people really want and they’ll dump Ford totally. Easy to switch over to GM if I can’t get what I want at Ford.

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  6. William D Davis

    Can’t imagine not being able to get the SuperCab, should delete the regular cab, reminds me why a retired GM employee always bought Ford trucks, said he couldn’t get the 8ft. bed on the SuperCab on a GM truck so he bought Fords

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    1. hyracer

      Not so for GM years ago. I own a 2001 Silverado 3500 Dually Extended Cab with an 8 foot bed. Would keep it, but just picked up a 2022 F350 Supercab to take its place.

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  7. Matt taylor

    Ford should find away to fix or upgrade there transmission and torque converter on the f150 ecoboost absolute garbage both mine went out at just over a 100k. I have bought fords my entire life and have never experienced anything like this ecoboost.

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    1. P.R.Ford

      So…. your complaint is with the transmission and torque converter, not the ecoboost engine. Maybe you just don’t know as much about vehicles as you think you do.

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  8. Tim Carper

    Ford recalled my truck (f150 ecoboost!) for cam rattling problem and took it in and had it reprogrammed, wish I hadn’t, the truck is sluggish, and will not run in 10 th gear under 50 and there is a vibration, wondering if there is any others out there with similar problem and if Ford going to address this issues and problem.

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  9. Ron

    Ford would be wise to go back to a buyer being able to build a truck or what ever you want! When you start adding different options to your order you should be able and order anything you want ! Any option that was available on any truck now! An XLT with leather seats or towing mirrors with power fold and power telescoping plus much more options! Packages scare people away from buying a more decked out truck! I want it my way! Or a King Ranch interior in a XLT! Anyone else want it your way! Option as you want! Even do with Mustangs!

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    1. P.R.Ford

      That’s the way manufacturer’s used to sell vehicles back when I first started driving in the early 70s. They had a few vehicles on the lot and several of them were “demonstrators”. It took about 6 weeks to get my “Special Order” 1970 Nova SS delivered.

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      1. TheRetiredViking

        Late 1962, my brother walked into Danyluck Motors in Glendale California. He sat down with the salesman. Studebaker Lark Regal, 2-door sedan. Red. 4-speed, 3.90:1 Twin-Traction axle. AM pushbutton radio. Heater. R2 Avanti V8. All ticked off in little tick-boxes on a paper order form. $250 deposit, handed my brother a carbon of the order, kept a carbon for himself, and put the rest of the order form in an envelope, added a stamp, and threw it in the mailbox out front. Six weeks later, his new Lark arrived.

        No “packages” where you are compelled to spend $4500 to get $600 item. No stepping up an entire trim level just to be able to GET options you want.

        I just got a ’22 Ram 1500 Big Horn. It was a factory order, built as I wanted it. Ordered January 14, delivered February 18. Note: everything works, and is hooked up. No missing chips or circuits with “Parts will be sent to the dealer when available”, which means the parts will not arrive but you will get a coupon good for $250 off on your next Whatever product.

        The Big Horn is the bottom-most trim level if you don’t count the Classic. Yet, I could get it with a lot of “nice” items that require you to buy a higher-end trim in a Ford.

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        1. Wanted33

          It’s the same with the Bronco. My Bronco build date is now estimated to be in 2024. I can order a new Jeep Wrangler, and get it in 8-12 weeks. I just don’t understand how Ford could have screwed up so bad. Someone needs to be fired over this fiasco.

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    2. Raymond

      By the time you ordered all those things, you would have built a King Ranch. I just ordered a King Ranch with a 3.5L Powerboost Hybrid. Ordered it my way on Oct 15, 2021 and will be in Mar 22. Hybrids take a little longer to build. No worries, they are giving me a great trade in on my 2019 Lariat. Purchased it new in 2019 for $62,000 giving me $49,000 for it now. They really want those used F150.

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  10. John

    They reprogrammed mine and I have the same problems with 10th gear. And mine seems sluggish as well. I imagine it will affect both max leave and obviously performance.

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    1. Raymond K

      Just put my 2019 Lariat in the shop for cam phaser rattle. They are going to put in new cam phasers in. That is the fix because reprogramming doesn’t work. It causes transmission shutter. They said it should take a week or less, depending on parts. I have 18,000 miles on it. Been rattling since 14 or 15,000 miles. Oh well, it is still under warranty.

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  11. Barry OConnor

    Do NOT STOP MAKING THE SUPERCAB. I have an 86 F250 Super Cab ,and it is the best.I also could have sold it about 20 times , it’s that popular. I have had Ford Trucks all my life and I am 65.

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    1. P.R.Ford

      I’m pretty sure Ford will make their decisions bases upon sales. If it was left to customers, Ford (and the others) would have to offer about 20 different cab/bed/drivetrain configurations.

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  12. R Brooks

    As a former Toyota man of 25 plus years I left Yota once they decided not to correct the frame issues permanently. Stepped into 2016 Reg cab F250 and completely safitisfied with the truck. However if Ford decides to mess around with what the working man wants and needs in a truck I’ll be gone quicker than you can spit. Don’t screw up Mr Ford….rb

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  13. Jerry Goad

    I like the extended cab configuration.I think it’s stylish and don’t want or need two extra doors.All I want is to put the groceries behind the seat out of the rain!These people already screwed themselves out of selling me another Fusion.Make us something we can drive without all the hand-holding technology and we could maybe actually afford it.

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    1. P.R.Ford

      Ford doesn’t really make full-sized pickups for grocery getters. That’s why they came up with the Maverick and re-launched the Ranger to a lesser extent.

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  14. Alex Brown

    Looks like they have already implemented some of these changes! Have been configuring an F-250 over the last week and suddenly many options are gone. Wheel well liners, bed liners, alternator upgrades, tailgate steps, etc. At least the cab and bed configurations are the same (for now!). The only reason I’m considering Ford over Toyota is because they stopped making standard cab trucks

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  15. Jeffrey D. Sproul

    I am going to venture that the single cab will be discontinued and the extended cab will not be offered across the trim levels. I can see the extended cab limited to the lower trims since many of the higher trims such a Platinum and King Ranch are mostly bought with the crew cab. Ford not only wants to save money but it wants to push people into the higher profit trims and make the options standard on those trims.

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    1. P.R.Ford

      The regular cab will likely survive longer than the extended cab (supercab). There are a lot of commercial sales of the XL standard cab by municipalities and contractors. The price difference between the extended cab and supercrew is generally only $3,000 – $4,000. Its almost a no-brainer for Ford to drop the supercab model.

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      1. TheRetiredViking

        The company that continues building regular-cab trucks will own the fleet market. I know of a utility district in southern California that bought regular cab short-beds in quantities of about 50 a year. They used Chevys for decades. Chevy stopped making them, and they switched to Ford without missing a beat.

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    2. ken selden

      Its already like that and has been for years Xl Xlt and lariat are the only way to get a reg or supercab

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    3. Lee Anderson

      “I can see the extended cab limited to the lower trims since many of the higher trims such a Platinum and King Ranch are mostly bought with the crew cab.”

      That’s what they are /already doing./ SuperCab has almost never been available in a trim higher than Lariat. And even Lariat SuperCabs are uncommon.

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  16. hyracer

    Glad I already received my 2022 F350 Supercab Dually. Would not have ordered a new truck if the Supercab was not available.

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  17. Fred Reed

    Don,t drop the super cab,I tow big fifth wheel & I don,t need that extra length on the truck plus the fifth wheel lengthf

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  18. Justin v

    My dad was a ford guy, my brother is a ford guy, im a ford guy, i even got my mom into loving fords. Now they stop making cars, now they want to limit their trucks. Ford is making horrible decisions and ruining the company. Pretty soon all they will make is ev suv’s and a couple f150s. We are seeing the down fall of ford right before our eyes and it is saddening

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  19. JL

    Bring back the flexx

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    1. TheRetiredViking

      If they had ever made the Flex with a split bench seat, I’d have bought one in the blink of an eye, and I am not a Ford man at all. I always wanted a hearse! :-{)}}}

      As it stood, though, the Flex not only had a huge console, but, there was this ridge of some sort molded into it; I suppose it was for stiffening, or style. Whatever it was, it hit the side of my leg “just right”. No sale.

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  20. Big Blue

    Supercab only for me. Four door Supercrew is awkward to place tools in the back. Walking back, open rear door opening to the front it is now in your way.
    Supercab suicide door is the best option for me when loading up.
    Ford will loose me if the suicide door is no longer an option.

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  21. Kristopher Standen

    Why should we change to from gas to electricity it’s the big companies that are plotting the air not the little guy

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  22. Philip Tilley

    I don’t know why Ford is considering cutting cab configuration’s , that’s the beauty of the Ford pick-up for over 70 year’s, I mean they only sell around one million a year, you don’t spoil a winning formula.

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  23. Bill Byrne

    heck they cant even fill orders now ,ordered maverick 10/21 nothing

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  24. David

    You take away the people’s choices on configuration and cars. It’s one of the reasons ford have out sold everyone else . Don’t you think it’s going to bite you ? I’ve always been a Ford buyer but if that’s true , I’ll be switching brands where there is a choice.

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  25. Lester Konecny

    Ordered a lariat cause I couldn’t get a king ranch in super cab. crew cab is to long in parking garage and woods. Couldn’t get deplorable running boards though. Also couldn’t get brown or green exterior!?? Maybe they need some country boys on the board!!

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  26. Twilkins

    We love our Supercab and will only buy them. We have a Grandchild, dog and love the extra room. Bad idea if you stop . Your selection has made you successful, not sure who made this decision, but you will no longer be one of the number one manufacturers and will force us to go elsewhere!

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  27. Carl S.

    I’m a Ford guy and I bought a Ranger last year. If crewcab was the only option, I wouldn’t have bought a Ranger. My 40K would have gone to Toyota. It’s that simple.

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  28. Wanted33

    She was surprised that there were 200,000 reservations with only one cab size. I mean really, it’s the only cab offered and it’s a new F-150 EV design. After those that convert to an order (whatever the number) the Lightning will be just another EV on the lot. So, why screw with the F-150 ICE. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…….

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  29. Julian Digby Bottin

    I only like single cab trucks with manual transmissions..,sad you can’t get a single cab truck (in America) with a stick shift anymore. I guess I will pick up an F150 single cab and do a manual swap.

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  30. Steven Banks

    Farley is only wanting to build his fancy electric trucks that dont get half the range advertized. Best thing about supercab was you got a 6 3/4 foot bed. With crew you get what 5 or 5.5 bed. Afyer he increases all that efficiency and cannot sell his electric trucks and F series trucks drops to 5 in the market. Hell he will the picture. By the way he says this will remove complexity. Robots assemble 90% of the truck production only slow when they don’t get greased. Farley is full of crap.

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  31. Chris Blanchard

    Ford could eliminate the SupeCrew and reduce complexity even further!
    I have 2021 Ranger SupeCab/6′ box. Sadly, it appears that this configuration is going away at both Ford and gm, along with no Crew Cab/6′ box for Colorado/Canyon. A full size SuperCrew/ 6.5′ box from anybody won’t fit in my garage, but a 2023 Nissan Frontier Crew cab 6’box will, so I may help Ford reduce its accounting complexity come trade-in time.

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