Ford’s plan to use an aluminum body in its next-generation F-150 is moving along as planned.
The automaker wasn’t confident in its plan to build its next half-ton with an aluminum body, and even built a steel body-in-white as a precaution. Now, a supplier source connected to TTAC says the company’s aluminum aspirations will come true, cutting as much as 700 lbs according to previous reports.
Engine options will include the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged six-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8 while buyers will also be able to choose a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 as well as a smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
Styling is also said to stay close to the Atlas concept seen during the Detroit Auto Show last January.
Ford trucks spokesman Mike Levine declined to comment on the use of aluminum in the truck specifically, but did say “we look at multiple ways to use technology to improve fuel efficiency and capability across our lineup.”
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