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2014 North American International Auto Show

2015 Ford F-150 will be 700 pounds lighter with its all-aluminum body and bed

 

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The 2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4 made its debut in Detroit.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. was able to shed 700 pounds off its 2015 F-150 pickup truck by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy on its body and bed. This is the first time it’s ever been done and several other automakers are expected to follow suit in years to come.

“We’ve re-engineered it from top to bottom,” said Ford Truck Communications Manager Michael Levine. “We’ve added a lot more high-strength steel to the frame to stiffen it, strengthen it and at the same time, we’re able to take some weight out of it. We’re also taking weight out of the body by using high-strength aluminum alloys. That gives our customers more capability so they can tow more, haul more and do more work. The truck is also tougher, it’s more ding resistant than the outgoing truck in the body sides and the cargo box.”

The new F-150 comes with a choice of four engines: An all-new 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V6; a 3.5-liter, V6; a 3.5-liter, EcoBoost; and a 5.0-liter, V8. It is expected to be the most fuel efficient F-150 yet, according to Ford. However, fuel economy estimates are not available at this time.

Many people are probably wondering…will this the first time Ford is using aluminum on the F-150?

“We’ve actually been using aluminum since 2004,” he added. “The hood of the 2004 until now F-150 has been made out of aluminum. We also use aluminum in the suspension components like the lower control arms.”

New features include 400-watt power plugs, a 360-degree camera system and more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

“We have seven exclusive LED headlamps, for both exterior and interior,” the communications manager explained. “There’s two cameras in the side view mirrors and a camera in the tailgate. We have first-in-class LED spotlights on the side view mirrors. We also have LED cargo box lighting. If your hands are full, you can use the key fob to drop the tailgate.”

The Ford F-Series has been the number one selling truck for the last 37 years and the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past 32 years. The automaker sold 763,402 pickup trucks last year. That is almost 300,000 more than the second place vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado.

“We know our truck customers better than any other truck competitor that’s out there,” Levine said. “Our customers continuously give us input. We listen very closely to that feedback and we make improvements. We’ve really seen a lot of benefit from that. Year over year, we’ve consistently gained market share because we’ve delivered new innovations like EcoBoost engines, CNG, those type of improvements.”

The 2015 F-150 will be manufactured in Dearborn, Mich. and Kansas City, Mo. Pricing has not yet been announced on the new truck. Look for it in U.S. showrooms this fall.

For more information, visit www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2015/.

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New features include 400-watt power plugs, a 360-degree camera system and more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

 

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The all-aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 Off Road

 

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Interior shot

 

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The FX4 option package will continue to be available on just about anything offered in four-wheel drive and include the carryover electronically locking rear differential, extra under-carriage skid plating and specially tuned shocks.

 

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Mini camera under the Ford emblem to help with parking

 

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The interior features a larger, 8-inch display screen between the two main gauges.

 

 

 

This page was last updated on Thu, March 6, 2014 8:54 PM

 

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