Asleep at the Wheel, and especially its rendition of the Route 66 song, are among our favorite country music groups, but we suggest you don’t try to live up to the band’s name should your Ford F-150 come equipped with the new Max Recline Seats.
Ford says its new seats “provide business-class comfort in (an) F-150 during downtime… folding flat to nearly 180 degrees” and featuring a design that raises the seat bottom to provide lower-back support.
Also, the upper seat back can be rotated forward to provide support for the occupant’s neck.
The seats will be offered on King Ranch, Platinum and Limited F-150 pickup trucks for the 2021 model year.
“The all-new Max Recline Seats in F-150 were inspired by those adjustable beds you see on TV to help make our customers more comfortable while resting in the cab,” claims Ben Kulhawik, Ford seat design and release engineer. “Our F-150 customers are constantly on the road or at a job site and being able to nab a few minutes of rest really is a boon to daily productivity.”
In its announcement, Ford said its “comfort team” spent hundreds of hours in the field taking videos and photographs of how people use their vehicles and studying “pain points.”
“We know the folks who work on construction or mining sites use their truck cab for naps during downtime, and we learned everyday owners do, too,” said Jackie DiMarco, Ford truck product line director. “When I would take my daughters to hockey tournaments, between games, one would be sleeping in the back seat while the other would be on the floor of my truck, and it reinforced the idea that, ‘We need to fix this!’ ”
Ford noted that, “Whether a customer needs a quick nap while parked between jobs, just wants a comfortable, dry place to sleep at a campsite or a place to rest over the course of an all-day sports tournament, Max Recline Seats have them covered.”