Looking to steal GM’s thunder a day after the reveal of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ford is boasting its next-generation pickup will improve upon the current model’s fuel economy by as much as 20 percent.
Already considered to be a segment-leader in many respects, Ford is taking it’s fuel economy focus to its truck fleet, with the 2015 F-150 set to improve upon the current model’s rating by 3 miles per gallon.
With fuel economy a major focus of Ford’s global strategy, the planned big increase comes at an important time, as 2016 will see the implementation of new, stricter government mandated fuel economy targets. And with the F-150 being the brand’s best seller, meeting those targets is crucial.
While Ford has already implemented a plan to offer turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engines in the F-150 to help improve fuel economy, trucks from 2015 and beyond will feature a host of new technologies and features, including everything from an 8-speed automatic transmission, to dramatic weight savings, to even more efficient engines.
The new 2015 F-150 is expected to shed as much as 750 lbs compared to the current truck through the use of aluminum body panels, as well as other lighter components like the brakes and axles.
While a hybrid is in the works as a partner-program with Toyota, a smaller turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine is reportedly also under development, though it’s not likely to arrive until 2016.
Until then, General Motors is hoping its pickup twins will hold the fuel economy title, with GM North American President Mark Reuss telling reporters yesterday he expects the new V8-powered trucks to achieve best-in-class fuel economy and power.
[Source: Automotive News]