The $50 option is available on the 2015 F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive. The plow is not included.
Ford said the F-150 is expected to be the only light-duty pickup with a manufacturer's snow plow prep option across all cab configurations, including Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew models. It is available on F-150 XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels.
Customers choose the factory-built plow prep option through their local dealer when they order the truck, Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Edmunds.
After delivery, they then take the truck to a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to purchase and install the plow hardware.
Levine said the option features a snow plow button on the dashboard. When this mode is activated, the truck temporarily turns off nonessential features to provide dedicated power for the plow. No additional alternator is needed.
Ford is reporting brisk sales of the redesigned 2015 F-150.
"We've even had a couple of cases in Texas where people will follow the transport to the dealership to buy the truck," Levine said.
The debut of the F-150 snow plow prep option comes during one of the snowiest winters in recent memory. NASA reports that much of the northeastern U.S. has a deep snow pack and that 8 feet of snow has fallen in Boston alone in the last three weeks. On Groundhog Day 2015, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, portending six more weeks of winter.
Edmunds says: Ford dealers will be happy to arm winter warriors with the latest F-150 weapon for fighting the elements.