Ford's new F-150 also brings with it a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder engine

Well, it looks as though all the reports were true: the 2015 Ford F-150 has gone on a massive, and we do mean MASSIVE diet. You can thank increasingly stringent federal regulations for Ford’s decision to start call up Jenny Craig, but the end result is a much lighter vehicle with vastly improved fuel economy.
In what is an incredible feat for what is the best-selling vehicle in America (for 37 straight years), Ford says that a whopping 95 percent of the F-150’s body is made from “high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys”. The use of aluminum accounts for 70 percent of the 700-pound weight reduction. Ford is also making greater use of high-strength steel for the truck’s underlying ladder frame. Ford says that the steel is rated for up to 70,000 psi, making it even stronger than its competition’s heavy-duty truck frames.
When it comes to powertrains, the 2015 Ford F-150 has a mix of old and new. The 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 are largely carryovers from the previous generation model. However, there is a brand new 2.7-liter V6 that will enter the fray in the base model truck. Like we previously reported, this engine will be available with start-stop technology to further boost fuel economy in city driving.

Fans of the 6.2-liter V8 will need a moment of silence… that engine has been kicked to the curb in favor of the very popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine option.
As for the styling of the truck, it looks remarkably similar to the Atlas concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last year. With that said, the styling isn’t surprising in the least, but that chrome strip going across the back of the tailgate is quite garish.
“F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough. Now, it is both tough and smart,” said Ford Motor Company COO Mark Fields. “The all-new F-150 redefines the future of trucks, and it is yet another example of our One Ford plan producing vehicles that serve customers with a commitment to the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value.”

When it comes to technology, the new F-150 doesn’t disappoint. Just a few of the highlights include:
  • 360-degree “bird’s-eye” camera to make parking and navigating narrow trailer easier
  • Available LED headlights
  • LED spotlights on the side mirrors along with LED lighting in the cargo box
  • Lane Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Mitigation System
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Second-row inflatable seat belts
  • The instrument panel has been replaced with an 8”, driver-customizable “productivity screen”
  • Remote tailgate locking/unlocking/release
“For F-150, the impressive lineup of tech-savvy features is all about maximizing productivity at work and play,” said Pete Reyes, Ford F-150 chief engineer. “Every new technology and feature we added to the vehicle is aimed at helping our customers do more with their trucks.” 

The 2015 F-150 will go on sale later this year; pricing and fuel efficiency number (which we expect will see a huge improvement) should be available in the coming months.

Sources: Ford [1], [2]

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