2015 Ford F-150 Sheds 700 Lbs., Gains New 2.7L Engine

2015 Ford F-150 Sheds 700 Lbs., Gains New 2.7L Engine

Ford has revealed the all-new 2015 F-150 boasting that it’s the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 yet.

Built on a high-strength steel frame, the 2015 Ford F-150 features a high-strength aluminum body that helps make it up to 700 lbs lighter than its predecessor. But with the heavy use of aluminum, the American automaker wanted to ensure F-150 buyers that its newest pickup is stronger than ever. According to Ford, the new F-150 has undergone over 10-million miles of testing and it even participated in the Baja 1000 heavily disguised, completing all 883 grueling miles.

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Four engines will be available for the 2015 F-150 including a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that is joining the lineup. Other powerplants include the 3.5-liter V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and a 5.0-liter V8. Though technical specifications on the 2.7-liter EcoBoost were not yet announced, Ford did claim that it is designed “to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.” When equipped with the new 2.7-liter, the truck should be good for around 8,000 lbs of towing capacity.

Plenty of new features also join America’s best-selling pickup including a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps, LED headlights and tail lights, trailer hitch assist, a remote tailgate and a next-generation tailgate step. Inside, the F-150 boasts an eight-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel while safety has been enhanced with second-row inflatable safety belts.

Ford has also confirmed that the new F-150 will fully conform to the SAE J2807 towing standard, which means that you can expect Ram and Chevrolet to follow suit with their half-ton pickups soon.

The 2015 Ford F-150 will go on sale late this year. Look for more information when it makes its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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  • Fadil Mazrekaj

    Geil farb Berymt meirc Von USA

  • Bruno Bezerra

    Ford F-150, in my opinion, is one of the largest and best truck ever manufactured by the Ford Company. The F-450 is also very sturdy, comes face to face with Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD!.

  • danwat1234

    Aluminum frame similar to the new Land Rovers, Model S unibody, i3, 1st gen Honda Insight. Probably a lot of compact cars will get this treatment as well. It’s amazing what Engineers can do, making vehicles weigh a lot less while retaining durability

  • Skyforum

    You didn’t read the post ‘High strength steel frame’…..

  • coloretaf

    Aluminum body panels, not frame.

  • danwat1234

    Oh yeah of course, thanks for the correction. But all aluminum body (on the frame) right? Hmm maybe some steel in the cabin pillars still but the bed and the rest is aluminum I think

  • windshearalert

    2.7 L Ecoboost V6? 8000Lb towing capacity? Looks like they are going after the government mandated mileage requirements, but I don’t see that engine being very popular with new owners. Had to be 700lbs lighter to get that engine to be able to tow anything larger than a Jet ski.

  • Jason Carmichael

    90% of truck owners don’t even use the bed of the truck let alone tow anything with it. The 5.0 and the 3.5 have plenty of torque to do the towing that a half ton Truck is designed to do. If you are of that 10 % that really “need” that kind of towing capacity then get the much heavier 250/350. Don’t fear the smaller engines, the new Mustang is getting a i4 ecoboost, and it still has 300hp.

    Don’t worry about the size of the engine getting smaller. Ford is still offering 4 power plants, just look at the output, performance, and economy of the truck.

    I’d love to trade in my 5.0 xlt, for a 2.7. 2/3 the power, 3/2 the gas mileage. My 16mpg would surely go to 24mpg. Hope to see some mpg figures out of this new power plant.

  • Epic

    Pretty sure your 90% of all truck owners not using the bed is way off!
    Stick to what you know.

  • Jason Carmichael

    All you need to do is just drive around and look.

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com P.F. Bruns

    Those guys have to have the bed empty in order to have sufficient available torque to cut people off in traffic.

  • rob

    i have a ford and i hope it works out well for them , but i hope they know what they are doing, aluminum opens up all new oxidation and electrical grounding issues as the vehicle ages, as far as the ecoboost engines, i’m sure they will pull what they claim but it will be being pushed very hard, i think these turbo sixes have impressive numbers, but i wonder how their real world longevity will work out, i think i’ll stick with a v8, unless you run empty all the time i doubt you’ll save much in fuel

  • coloretaf

    Just bought a 2013 F150 XLT, specifically because of the changes to the 2015. I’ll keep it 10-15 years before going to the new ones to make sure they have the bugs worked out.

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