Aluminum is not the only news for the 2015 Ford F-150 − there are plenty of details that make this truck not only lighter, but also the leading edge of pickup technology and features. Take the rear window as the perfect example.
In the outgoing version, the rear window has three pieces of glass: left and right panes that don’t move plus the sliding portion in the middle, all held together by a support structure made of several other components. However, on the 2015 Ford F-150, the rear window has a seamless sliding mechanism that uses only two pieces of glass – the exterior surround and the sliding portion. This reduces build componentry and complexity all the while maintaining the same size as before.
“Delivering the latest in innovation and technology to our customer is a top priority for Ford,” says Ford body mechanisms manager, Noah Mass. “The seamless sliding rear window is another great example of the intricate detail that goes into producing the next-generation F-150, setting it apart from any pickup on the market today.”
Developed in conjunction with Magna International, a global automotive supplier, this new design enables continuous uninterrupted defrost capability for the larger surrounding glass as well as contributing to weight savings, as the seamless power slider uses a lighter window control module. Overall, Ford claims up to 700 pounds have been saved through the use of smarter design and advanced materials, helping the all-new F-150 achieve better mpg, tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker, and stop shorter.
“We designed the seamless sliding rear window to deliver not only a new look and improved functionality, but also to start a trend in the truck sliding window market,” added design engineering manager for Magna International, Troy Tooker. “With pickup sliders being one of our core products, we wanted to show our leadership and raise the bar on the new F-150.”