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Ford makes good on its promise of a 700-pound weight reduction on the production version of the 2015 F-150

Ford aimed for the fences with the 2015 Ford F-150, promising a 700-pound weight reduction compared to the outgoing 2014 model. Aluminum now accounts for 95 percent of the F-150’s body structure, while the ladder frame beneath is still made of high-strength steel.
 
To demonstrate the dramatic difference between the two generations of F-150s, Ford today setup an apples-to-apples comparison of a 2014 F-150 Lariat Crewcab 4x4 versus a 2015 Lariat Crewcab 4x4. The ’14 model tipped the scales at 5,674 pounds while the ’15 model came in much lower at 4,942 pounds. Ford promised up to a 700-pound weight reduction and delivered a reduction of 732 pounds.


Ford is definitely the first mainstream auto manufacturer to produce aluminum bodies on a large scale, but it won’t be the last. General Motors will switch to an aluminum-intensive body structure for its next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.
 
In addition to the weight loss, the company back in January announced a brand new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine option that will be a step up from the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine.


2015 Ford F-150
 
The base 3.5-liter V6 will deliver 283hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough for a payload capacity of 1,910 lbs and a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. However, the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 ups the ante with 325hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. That gives the optional engine a payload capacity of 2,250 pounds and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.
 
Ford has yet to give us fuel economy numbers for any of the ’15 F-150 trim levels, but we’re expecting big gains with the more fuel-efficient engines and lower curb weight. It should also be noted that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will come standard with an Auto Start-Stop system, which should help to boost fuel efficiency in the city.


Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
 
For those that require more power under the hood, Ford will make available a 5.0-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Source: Ford





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