The truck is impressive and that’s saying a lot for an avowed car guy. I drive the Infinti G 35, which is a stunning car, but driving the Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 gave a new perspective to America’s motoring soul. America likes to build things on a grand scale, from shopping malls to bridges to automobiles.
The F-150 is an American icon in all its grandeur and a top-selling truck. So when Ford decided to downsize the engine to six from eight cylinders and turbocharge it, skepticism was natural. But a few days in the boosted F-150 shows it to be a capable automobile. The turbocharger makes the elephant dance.
Before we talk about the car, let us show you some of the contradictions that this scribe experienced with the F-150. Firstly, Indians in the US rarely drive big trucks. Most are IT folks, some doctors and accountants, other motel or gas station owners. The cars of choice for the desi crowd are the Camry, Corolla, Accord and Civic. The richer crowd chasing prestige usually goes for a Lexus, Acura or Mercedes-Benz. Now there are some who venture to BMWs.
So when we showed up at some Indian friends’ houses in the 150, I saw faces of disbelief. It was inconceivable that an Indian would drive a pick-up truck. I had already violated the desi code by buying an Infiniti instead of a Lexus. ‘Yeh Infiniti kya hai,’ is the question I often hear.
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