It’s no secret that the Ford F-150, America’s best-selling truck and sometimes vehicle, is a major cash cow for Ford Motor Company. That’s why Ford is expected to unveil an all-new F-150 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The 13th-generation of the pickup truck will be all-new (completely redesigned and re-engineered).
The 2015 F-150 will be roughly as capable as the current 12th-generation model and implement a significant amount of weight-saving technology that will make the pickup truck more fuel efficient and more agile. Design will be based on the Ford Atlas concept unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
The 2015 F-150 is expected to go into production sometime around July 2014 and arrive at dealers later that month or in August, as a 2015 model.
Here is some of the information we’ve been able to gather about the 13th-gen 2015 F-150. Please keep in mind that this page is a work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await the official 2015 F-150 announcement from Ford.
The 13th-generation F-150 is a very capable pickup truck that is the industry’s best-selling pickup and is the single most-profitable vehicle line for Ford Motor Company. Ford has been able to generate and maintain a significant amount of interest in the F-150 line by updating the truck line throughout its lifecycle. But despite the various updates, the truck is beginning to show its age when compared to its newer rivals such as the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra.
That’s why Ford is completely overhauling the F-Series for the 2015 model year. The new truck is expected to improve on the current model in every aspect, including capability, power, comfort, fuel economy, technology, and convenience while delivering an improvement in the driving experience. To keep up with stringent fuel economy standards, some reports have stated that Ford plans to eliminate as much as 700 pounds (around 300 kilograms) from the 2015 F-150.
A lighter and more fuel-efficient F-150.
To keep up with and surpass the competition while remaining America’s best-selling truck, and Ford’s most lucrative model.
We expect the next-generation F-150 to be unveiled in 2014 as a 2015 model year vehicle, with a debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2014, and an on-sale date in mid-2014.
Expected improvements over the 12th-generation model include:
- Lighter by as much as 700 pounds than the outgoing model, resulting in a more fuel-efficient vehicle
- Improved ride and handling, resulting in greater comfort
- Replacing the suicide doors of the extended-cab with traditional doors
- Improved technology inside the cabin
- More powerful engines, some with direct injection
- Improved aerodynamics for higher fuel efficiency
The next-generation 2015 Ford F-150 will ride on a new front-engine, rear-wheel-drive (FR) platform with a longitudinally-mounted engine. The new platform is expected to be a significant update of the P2 architecture used by the 2009-2014 F-150.
Full specs TBA.
The 2015 F-150 is expected to offer the following engines:
- 3.7 liter naturally-aspirated V6
- 3.5 liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6
- 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8 Coyote
- 6.2 liter naturally-aspirated Boss V8
- Possibly a new range-topping engine with forced induction to replace the 6.2 Boss
Some of the engines will not be direct injected at launch, but the powertrain lineup is expect to receive direct injection, and the associated power and fuel economy increases, later on in the 13th-gen’s lifecycle. The engines might mirror those of the all-new 2015 Mustang.
According to some reports, the 2015 F-150 will likely launch with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The current-gen’s six-speed auto might be carried over for the lower-end trim levels. It’s likely that 13th-generation F-150 will receive the nine- or 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with General Motors (remember that F-150 seen leaving GM’s Milford Proving Grounds?).
The design of the 2015 F-150 will be based on the bold appearance of the Atlas concept. Expect LED lighting as well as ergonomic improvements throughout.
The next-gen F-150 will continue to compete in the mainstream full-size pickup truck segment against the:
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- GMC Sierra 1500
- Ram 1500
- Toyota Tundra
- Nissan Titan
We expect the 2015 F-150 to continue carrying a base price of around $25,000, and be configurable all the way up to $60,000 for the top-most model.
The 2015 F-150 will be available in North America beginning in the summer of 2014 as a 2015 model. Limited South American availability will follow.
According to some reports, Ford will concurrently produce both the outgoing 12th-generation F-150 and the all-new 13th-generation model for roughly six months in 2014 in order to ensure that it can supply enough units to dealers to keep up with demand. The move will also allow Ford to prevent supply problems and potential glitches that can arise from new models, which can hamper sales of the popular truck — an undesirable event for Ford given the profitability of the new models. Given that, at the time of publication, pickup sales are growing at three times the industry rate, the move is wise on the part of The Blue Oval.
To note, the practice of concurrently producing the previous- and current-generations of pickup trucks is not unheard-of, but a six-month period is longer than usual. For instance, cross-town rival General Motors concurrently sold the outgoing model of the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra for two months, and Ford overlapped production of the all-new F-250 and F-350 with the outgoing models in 1997, with the last-gen models being sold as “F-250 Heritage” and “F-350 Heritage”.
Ford will likely continue manufacturing the next-generation 2015 F-150 at its truck facilities, including:
- Kansas City Assembly, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
- Dearborn Truck, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
- Cuautitlan, Mexico
- Valencia Assembly, Valencia, Venezuela