With Ford planning on continuing to sell right-hand drive vehicles for the foreseeable future, the select number of countries where folks drive on the left-hand side of the road will continue to have their fair share of Blue Oval models to choose from. That includes the Ford F-150, which will be sold in Europe starting this year, as well as Australia, as Ford Authority reported nearly one year ago. In spite of supply chain constraints, the Ford F-150 was also expected to launch in Australia in early 2023, and now, the very first pickups are en route to that particular country, the automaker has announced.
Earlier this month, the first batch of Ford F-150 pickups destined for Australia rolled off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan, and will reach the shores of Australia soon. However, while Ford will be exporting the F-150 to Australia, RMA Automotive will be handling the right-hand drive conversions at its own facility in Mickleham, Victoria, before the pickups are sold to customers there.
The Ford F-150 will launch in Australia in both XLT and Lariat trim levels in SuperCrew configuration with short or long beds, though customers down under are only getting one engine choice – the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, which produces 298 kW (400 horsepower) and 678 Nm (500 pound-feet) of torque. That powerplant is mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive only, giving it 4,500 kilograms (9,920 pounds) of max towing capacity.
As one might imagine, importing and then converting the F-150 to right-hand drive means that it will be quite pricey, and that’s certainly the case, as the pickup will start out at $106,950 AUS ($72,141 USD) for the XLT trim, and $139,950 AUS ($94,415 USD) for the Lariat.
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No stupid box steps on the sides. Like this one.
Would like to see how this is done. Are these complete trucks or are there parts left off? If they are complete trucks I would guess there is going to be a pile of parts left over once the conversion is done. I suppose Ford will be waiting to see the demand before building RH drive units on the production line.