Ford is set to revolutionize the truck industry with the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 that was just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Ford previewed the new F-150 last year with the Atlas concept, but now it has a super lightweight aluminum body that makes the new F-150 up to 700 pounds lighter than the last generation. That significant weight drop is going to pay dividends in the truck's performance and fuel economy ratings.
When Ford’s engineers set out to redesign the new F-150, they improved the truck’s fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. The last generation’s steel body is gone and in its place is a new high-strength aluminum body. High-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving weight. Overall, up to 700 pounds of weight have been saved, helping the F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency.
“F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough. Now, it is both tough and smart,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer. “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.”
The 2015 Ford F-150 also debuts this fall with a new efficient 2.7L EcoBoost turbocharged engine, which will have power specs that are on par with larger V8 engines. This same engine is also expected to help the F-150 also get close to a 30 mpg rating in the future when Ford releases a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
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