Behold the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 — the 13-generation of America’s best-selling truck that Ford is debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. According to The Blue Oval, the 2015 F-150 is “the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever”, setting “the standard for the future of trucks” with impressive power, capability, and efficiency.
As expected, the new F-150 takes styling cues from the Atlas Concept that debuted at the same show in 2013. The production version uses advanced materials that improve durability and inhibit corrosion, has faster processors that enhance driving performance, and features breakthrough cargo management and towing solutions.
Ford touts an all-new signature fully-boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever before, making it both stronger and lighter. But the real surprise lies in the new truck’s weight: it’s 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation thanks to widespread use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys in the body that are used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries. The decreased weight allows the truck to tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker, and stop shorter, while being more fuel efficient. The use of aluminum in the body represents a first for Ford and is not only advantageous for weight, but also improves dent and ding resistance.
Under the hood, Ford’s all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost (read: turbocharged) V6 with standard Auto Start-Stop joins the base 3.5-liter V6 as well as the 5.0-liter V8 and range-topping twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Enabling the driver to utilize that power better are various new convenience and productivity features, such as a 360-degree camera view to help the driver park and maneuver in tight spots as well as navigate down narrow roads and trails, integrated loading ramps for easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers, as well as BoxLink — a combination of metal brackets and custom cleats used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box, from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers.
Ford didn’t provide any more details about the timeframe for the new truck except to say that it’s going on sale “late this year”.