You might have noticed that some pickup trucks also have a rear window – usually a complicated structure that involves a sliding glass – but many buyers don’t choose the feature because the elaborate structure is prone to rapid wear and tear.
On the other hand, Ford proudly demonstrated recently that its new F-150 pickup truck eliminates all the inconvenience, courtesy of Magna’s “seamless sliding rear window” feature. The new window shuns the usual three panels of glass, plastic frame and sealing material assembly in favor of a new, high-tech technology, called internally as “hole in glass.”
“Magna blew us away with their hole-in-glass technology that allowed us to get a flush, seamless look” for the rear window, said Noah Mass, Ford body exterior mechanisms manager.
“The biggest thing was getting a seamless look with one piece of glass with a hole in it,” said Troy Tooker, engineering manager at Magna’s plant in Holland, Mich. “Appearance was a big deal.”
The new tech has numerous advantages – it can be opened when using the defog/defrost, it seals better, reduces cabin noise and successfully keeps out dirt or water. The window will not be offered on the regular cab F-150, is optional – at $350 – on the XL and XLT packages for the Supercab and SuperCrew models and a standard feature on the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum versions.