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Its fuel-saving technologies will save over 2 MPG on the highway

Ford today announced the Atlas Concept, which features next-generation EcoBoost technology. The Atlas Concept has an EcoBoost powertrain that uses gasoline direct injection turbocharging. This allows for a 20 percent increase in fuel economy and a 15 percent drop in CO2 emissions. The powertrain also features Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff tech, which (as the name suggests), shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.

The Atlas Concept also looks to save fuel in other ways, such as the Active Grille Shutters that stay open when cooling is needed; Active Wheel Shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics but open at slow speeds; Drop-Down Front Air Dam that lowers at highway speeds for underbody airflow, and Power Running Boards that help passengers enter the truck at rest and move closer to the vehicle when it's traveling for improved aerodynamics.

Using all of these fuel-saving technologies saves roughly 2 MPG on the highway.

In addition to fuel-saving efforts, Ford showed off some other tech that the Atlas is sporting. Some include the 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera for fitting the vehicle in tight places, Dynamic Hitch Assist for an accurate fitting of a hitch using the Atlas' display screen, and LED headlamps and tail lamps for better illumination.

“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”

Last year, it was reported that the F-150 would shed 700 lbs to meet the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These standards stipulate that auto manufacturers meet a fleetwide 54.5 mpg CAFE average by 2025.

The weight savings come from using the lightweight metal aluminum throughout the vehicle, such as the doors, cargo box, fenders, front suspension/steering components, and portions of the interior structure. 

Source: Ford

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RE: Damn!
By MrBungle123 on 1/16/2013 1:28:40 AM , Rating: 2
That is the best looking concept truck ive seen in a long while! I'd consider one when it goes to market if I could get one in a stick.

RE: Damn!
By Erudite on 1/16/2013 12:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
Good luck with the stick option...

My dad just got a 2012 model with EcoBoost some nice bells and whistles. It has a six speed automatic transmission, but it has a manual mode and up/down arrows on the shift lever to force gear changes. I give it credit for being a lot better in manual mode than I thought it would, but it's a far cry from a stick. I don't think Ford even puts sticks in their SVT F-150 models.

On an unrelated note, that same truck will do more than 60 MPH in low range, which is nuts. I have yet to hear what it sounds like outside the cab, but I bet it's a bit scary. I never had my 2007 F-150 wound up in low range, but I know for sure it wouldn't go nearly that fast.

It would be really nice if they kept the look from the concept to the final version. That is one sweet looking truck.

RE: Damn!
By MrBungle123 on 1/16/2013 2:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
It sucks that its getting so hard to find a good old manual transmission these days... They are so much more fun to drive and are way better if you much traveling over mountain passes.

RE: Damn!
By mellomonk on 1/16/2013 4:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
I love a good old stick. I have a 6 speed manual in my small quick car, but I would never have one in a truck or SUV application again. Having driven Jeeps offroad with both types of trannys, the auto is clearly the way to go.

Sadly I think the manual transmission is doomed in the general market. There just isn't enough sold anymore. In many applications the auto gets equal if not better mileage. And even in sporting applications the new dual clutch auto designs shift faster and more efficiently then the majority of drivers.

RE: Damn!
By JediJeb on 1/16/2013 6:11:53 PM , Rating: 3
I much prefer the control I get with a manual in a truck.

Also I think one reason we don't see as many manual transmissions recently is simply because the car companies are not offering them. Of course more people will choose the automatic when the automatic is the only choice.

RE: Damn!
By MrBungle123 on 1/18/2013 10:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not having them as an option seems to be the way its going... My 2011 Tacoma has a 6 speed manual and I'm starting to wonder if I'll even be able to get a manual anymore when its time to replace it.

RE: Damn!
By JediJeb on 1/16/2013 6:16:16 PM , Rating: 3
On an unrelated note, that same truck will do more than 60 MPH in low range, which is nuts. I have yet to hear what it sounds like outside the cab, but I bet it's a bit scary. I never had my 2007 F-150 wound up in low range, but I know for sure it wouldn't go nearly that fast.

Low range on the transfer case or transmission?

If transfer case yea I can see that as amazing! If transmission that is still some high gearing. My 96 F150 is just the opposite, I can be in 5th gear by the time I hit 25-30mph and normally only need three gears when driving, I almost never use 2nd or 4th gear if not hauling a load. Which is another reason I like manuals better than autos simply because I can control exactly how it shifts.

RE: Damn!
By Erudite on 1/17/2013 10:10:44 AM , Rating: 2
Transfer Case. The owner's manual said the differential would stay locked (it's electronic locking) up to 60 MPH in low range. I'm not sure what it will top out at in low range, but when he tried it, he gave up at 65. There has to be some crazy transmission noise outside, I would think.

If I had a choice, I would almost always choose a manual over an automatic transmission. There are times when an automatic is nice, but I just like the control I get with a stick shift.

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