Ford’s Power Stroke Concept Truck Is the Epitome of ’90s Americana
Ford’s rounded 1995 Explorer was still nearly a year from launch in 1994, but Blue Oval’s Power Stroke concept pickup gave clues to the company’s styling guideline for cars, trucks and SUVs that ‘it planned to sell to consumers throughout the second half of the’ 90s. In addition to showcasing the brand’s upcoming design language, the Power Stroke housed Ford’s upcoming 7.3-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine, which would soon make its way to production bearing the Power Stroke nickname – wait for it -.
Despite its status as a show car, the Power Stroke concept was surprisingly ready for the road. Mounted on a modified heavy-duty truck chassis and featuring an interior crib from a period F-Series pickup truck, the only real design elements of the truck lived on its yellow painted body. Items like the truck’s wrap-around windshield and hidden A-pillars, as well as its built-in rear fender wideners (to cover the dual rear wheels), may seem common today, but this was a product of the past. cutting edge technology in 1994.
In the early 1990s, Ford saw fit to equip the Power Stroke with a number of sticky add-ons that were common at the time. This includes the visor that extends from the roof to the front windshield, the diamond running boards and pseudo buttresses located at the rear of the cabin and filled with integrated auxiliary lights.
Thanks to its standard interior, the Power Stroke’s interior is filled with all the “tech” consumers wanted in their pickup trucks in 1994. Items like an integrated center console, cruise control and cassette player are all included. taken into account. That’s right, the Power Stroke’s turbo-diesel engine and cassette deck allowed it to tow huge loads while simultaneously playing the latest recorded songs.
While the Power Stroke’s influence on the styling of later redesigned F-Series pickups (full-size and Super Duty models) was found to be minimal, its ability to fully embrace the America of the 1990s makes this truck l one of the great concept cars of its time.
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