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2015 Ford F-150

Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250.

When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. In fact, the model has already been spotted testing and today we present the first details on the all-new F-150.

Rumors suggested that Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will likely carry the same engine lineup with some minor improvements to the total output and fuel consumption.

Updated 01/13/2014: The all-new Ford F-150 made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as the "toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever." The model will be about 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and offers an an evolutionary design inspired by the Atlas concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

Exterior

Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 is offered with a completely revised design language - even down to a newly styled F-150 logo - with lots of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys inspired by aerospace, commercial transportation. The same type of aluminum alloy is even used on the HMMWV and Bradley Fighting Vehicle currently in service. What’s more, the new materials help trim about 700 pounds from the pickup’s total weight, helping it to improve acceleration and improve efficiency.

Ford has yet to release towing figures and deeper details, but we figure the reduced weight and added strength from the revised frame (more on that later), will add to the already capable capacities.

That added capability might come in handy in an unconventional way. The movement to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineering’s voluntary J2807 towing standards is underway, although not all manufacturers have been quick to climb aboard. The SAE’s tow rating standards system basically levels the playing field for manufacturers’ quoted tow ratings, eliminating overestimating for a ’I-can-tow-more-than-you’ sales pitch. Much like horsepower ratings, the SAE numbers may fall below what the manufacturer wants to hear, thereby making their engine look less powerful. The J2807 standards have the possibility to ’reduce’ tow ratings, at least on paper. The 700-pound weight drop would likely lessen the blow to the F-150’s current tow ratings, so with Ford’s clean-slate opportunity in 2015, we hope they adopt.

Up front, a new front fascia, with a prominent three-bar grille flanked by distinctive headlights with LED technology for improved night vision. Integrated LED fog lights sit down low either side of the familiar-looking center bumper section. Exposed, closed-loop tow hooks are optional.

Out back, more LED lighting abounds with reworked taillights and LED lighting within the bed. The tailgate now features a more prominent spoiler and revised foldable/stowable step. Perhaps the bed’s biggest new feature is an electronic-operated tailgate. Push a button on the key fob and watch the gate drop. Integrated loading ramps fit nicely on either side of the bedrails for easy loading and unloading of motorcycles, lawnmowers, or the neighbor’s new refrigerator.

Ford F-150
Ford F-150

Holding up all that new technology is a new high-strength steel frame. It features eight crossmembers that are through-welded to the main two framerails for added support. Staggered, outboard-mounted shocks are still used to cushion the rear end’s ride. Ford claims the new frame is rated up to 70,000 psi - stronger than the steel found in its competitors’ heavy-duty truck frames.

Some new additions for the 2015 model year, include:

  • 360-degree camera view
  • Integrated loading ramps
  • Boxlink - custom brackets and cleats in the cargo box to fit a wide array of accessories
  • Smart trailer tow module to alert the driver of any potential trailer issues, from burnt out bulbs to a connection issue
  • Remote tailgate
  • LED spotlights on the sideview mirrors
  • Next-gen tailgate step that is fully integrated into the tailgate and invisible when not in use
  • LED-lit cargo box
  • Box-side step for 5.5-foot bed

Interior

Ford F-150

Ford is still keeping details on the interior a secret, but we know it will offer better-quality materials, and new technologies like SYNC, MyFord Touch and an 8-inch "productivity screen" in the instrument cluster. But Ford did let us in on some new additions for 2015, including:

  • 400-watt and 110-volt outlets inside the cabin
  • Eight-inch LCD productivity screen that shows that displays important items, like towing and fuel economy tips
  • Second-row inflatable safety belts
  • Adaptive cruise control

Aesthetically, the new interior looks good. The new steering wheel has plenty of redundant controls, making operating the navigation and center cluster screen a snap. Four large air vents dominate the dashboard, which itself, looks covered in rich materials. The center stack is wide and leaves plenty of room for the numerous buttons and controls. The center console-mounted gear selector is driver-centric with the cup holders more passenger oriented. Accent lighting gives the cabin a futuristic feel at night as does the huge panoramic moonroof, a first for any pick-up. A 360-degree view camera system is also new for 2015, making parking and tight-spot maneuvering a much easier task. Much like systems on other vehicles, it uses front-, rear-, and side-mounted cameras to produce a bird’s-eye view of the truck on the navigation screen.

We imagine rear seat legroom will still be limo-like with a flat load floor and foldable seat bottoms. Ford has also included two 110-volt power outlets for charging laptops, cell phones, or the like.

Drivetrain

Ford F-150

The 2015 F-150 is offered with a choice of four engines. Returning are the base 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V-6; the mid-level 5.0-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8; and the range-topping, twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Ford is dropping the 6.2-liter V-8 that previously held the range-topping position.

All-new for 2015 is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 with an Auto Start-Stop system - a first in the light-duty pick-up segment. The Auto Start-Stop is said to be specially tuned for truck use and will not activate when in tow mode or four-wheel-drive. The system shuts the engine off whenever the truck is stopped, then restarts the engine within milliseconds of the brake being released. Combined with the aluminum body construction, we imagine the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will give class-leading fuel economy numbers.

In addition to the thousands of hours laboratory testing done in developing the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, Ford ran the 2013 Baja 1000 with a disguised 2015 F-150 powered by one. Just like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 did in the Baja a few years back, the engine performed admirably, finishing the race.

Prices

Ford has yet to announce pricing for the 2015 F-150, and honestly, our best guesses are mere shots in the dark. We can’t imagine the price could significant increase without upsetting the F-150 loyalists or eating into Ford’s market share, but wonder how Ford plans to pay for the expansive use of aluminum and advanced new technologies.

Pricing will indubitably become available closer to when the F-150 goes on sale later this year. Customers can choose between five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch.

Rendering Vs Reality

Ford F-150

When Ford rolls out a production-ready concept, like the Atlas, it makes our job of rendering the production model so much easier. You really have to look close to see the differences in the rendering and the production model. Our biggest miss was the grill, then after that comes the shape and design of the mirrors. Other that that, we were pretty spot on.

Competitors

2015 Ram 1500

Ram 1500

In 2013, the Ram 1500 received an updated exterior look and new interior updates.

Under the hood, the Ram 1500 has a choice of two engines. The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that cranks out a respectable 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and for the top version is a HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 engine with an output of 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. For 2014, Ram Ram received yet another new addition, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. The petite, yet powerful diesel engine puts down 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. It also affords the Ram 1500 a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 pounds.

We expect the Ram 1500 to carry on unchanged until the 2015 F-150 rolls out.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado entered a new generation for the 2014 model year. It has been updated on nearly all fronts: inside, outside and in the powertrain.

Under its hood, the Silverado starts with a 4.3-liter V-6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Next is the 5.3-liter V-8 that cranks out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The range topper is the 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Conclusion

Ford F-150 was already one of the most successful trucks on the market, but with all the updates received for the 2015 model it became even more competitive. The model is lighter, more fuel efficient and for sure will be even more powerful than the current generation.

We’re curious to see how pricing will play out and how the new aluminum construction will effect insurance priced. No doubt it will more costly to repair.

LOVE IT
  • Lighter than the current model
  • Four engines to choose from
  • New equipments
LEAVE IT
  • No details on the specs features just yet
  • Potential price hike

History

Ford F-150

Ford has sold its F-Series since 1948, making it one of the longest-running models on the market, with continuous sales for over six decades. The F-Series is currently in its 12th generation, with a 13th one expected to arrive in 2015.

The best-sold model of the series is the F-150. It arrived on the market in 1975 when the F-Series was in its sixth generation and was placed between the F-100 and the F-250 in order to avoid certain emission control restrictions.

The F-150 was offered with stronger front and rear axles; it used heavy-rate springs; and it came in a regular cab or SuperCab body. Under the hood, Ford installed a choice of six- and eight-cylinder engines.

The 1997 model year was far and away the most drastic and testing for the F-150, as Ford gave the pickup an all-new rounded body. This was unheard of in the truck realm and, despite some chuckles over the first few years, it remained the best-selling pickup in the U.S.

The current F-150 comes with a choice of four engines: a 302-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6; a 360-horsepower, 5.0 liter V-8; a 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8; and a 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine.

Press Release

Ford today introduces the all-new Ford F-150, the reinvention of America’s favorite truck. It is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – setting the standard for the future of trucks.

Ford F-150

The all-new F-150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency – from advanced materials that improve durability and inhibit corrosion, to faster processors that enhance driving performance, to breakthrough cargo management and towing solutions.

“F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough. Now, it is both tough and smart,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer. “The all-new F-150 redefines the future of trucks, and it is yet another example of our One Ford plan producing vehicles that serve customers with a commitment to the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value.”

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years.

“We have a unique connection with our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas. “Time and again, F-150 has delivered the tougher, smarter features they want along with the capabilities they need for work or play. We build our trucks to their high standards.”

In designing the backbone of the F-150, Ford engineers improved the truck’s signature fully boxed ladder frame. It is all-new with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys – already used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries – are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving weight. Overall, up to 700 pounds of weight have been saved, helping the F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency.

Ford F-150

“More than ever before, customers want a truck that is a dependable partner, mobile office and a go-anywhere workshop,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To meet the needs of our truck customers, we created smart new features and a whole new approach to using advanced materials and engines to improve capability and efficiency.”

Even tougher
The 2015 Ford F-150 is the strongest and most durable F-150 ever. Before it goes on sale, it will have been torture-tested in labs, at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of some of Ford’s most demanding truck customers for more than 10 million miles.

The grueling testing simulated the demands Ford’s customers will subject the truck to throughout its average lifetime. The tests include crisscrossing the country pulling heavy trailers and hefty loads through desert valleys and over high-altitude mountain passes – in temperatures from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Customers using the F-150 for construction, mining and utilities have tested and helped prove out its high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box.

A disguised new Ford F-150 even raced in the Baja 1000, where it earned the distinction of completing all 883 grueling miles while some other purpose-built race vehicles could not.

To perform in these challenging conditions, the frame uses high-strength steel rated up to 70,000 psi – stronger than the steel found in some competitors’ heavy-duty pickup truck frames. Eight through-welded crossmembers provide increased stiffness, while staggered rear outboard shocks provide greater stability.

Even smarter
Several groundbreaking new productivity features debut in the all-new F-150, including many class-exclusives. They include:

360-degree camera view, using exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow roads and trails

Integrated loading ramps, which enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers

Ford F-150

BoxLink™, which is 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

LED headlamps and taillamps, which provide excellent nighttime visibility

Trailer hitch assist, a new rear view camera feature that adds a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up truck and trailer without requiring a spotter or having to get out of the vehicle

Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults

Remote tailgate, allowing for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob – eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate also is damped, dropping down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened

High-wattage power outlets (400 watts, 110 volts) in the cab, allowing drivers to easily charge corded tools, battery chargers or mobile devices on-site or while driving

LED spotlights on sideview mirrors, which provide powerful, durable and bright lighting around the truck exterior

Latest EcoBoost® technology in an all-new, even more efficient 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that features extremely high output and lightweight design

Next-generation tailgate step, which is now fully integrated inside the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use

Other smart innovations include:

Ford F-150

New 8-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel, which includes updated truck apps – from fuel economy to towing tips – and the ability to create a customized home screen for customers to access their most frequently used apps in one place

LED lighting embedded in the walls of the cargo box, which brightly illuminates the box interior to help customers quickly find tools or other items

Rear under-seat storage in F-150 Super and Crew cabs, providing hidden storage for valuables. Two storage bins also are located underneath the rear seats

Boxside step, now available for the short 5.5-foot box

They join available driver aids, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, hill start assist, MyKey®, rear view camera, reverse sensing, trailer brake controller and extendable tailgate step.

More capable
In addition to helping customers work smarter, F-150 features segment-first technologies that automatically assist drivers. They include:

Second-row inflatable safety belts, which work like a traditional belt but include a tubular airbag that inflates in the event of a crash and distributes the force of the impact across a wider area of the passenger’s chest

Curve Control, which automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast

Ford F-150

Adaptive cruise control, allowing drivers to set a cruising speed and use radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and maintain a safe distance between vehicles

Lane-Keeping System, which is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended driving lane by automatically detecting the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror

Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, which uses radar hidden in the taillamps to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up

A range of four engines provides more power to meet almost any customer need.

A new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.

Auto Start-Stop technology helps save fuel. Unlike start-stop solutions in other vehicles, this technology – specially tuned for truck customers – shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel drive. The engine restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Ford F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also will benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters. Active Grille Shutters stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during low-speed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot weather. They automatically close to reduce aerodynamic drag at cruising speed.

On sale late this year
When it goes on sale late this year, the all-new Ford F-150 will continue the tradition of offering the broadest selection of trim levels in the full-size pickup segment. Five primary trims are available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages are available with XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with XL, XLT and Lariat.

The FX4 off-road package can be added to most four-wheel-drive models, improving trail capability with an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks.

Both the exterior and interior design of Ford F-150 reflect decades of listening to customers and understanding their occupational and recreational needs. The exterior is characterized by a new shape that suggests capability, with a wider Built Ford Tough stance, prominent wheel arches and chiseled grille.

Comfort, utility and refinement define the truck’s interior. Ergonomically optimized seating for the front row positions enhances comfort, while extending legroom for rear passengers. Buttons and controls are optimized so they can be operated while wearing work gloves.

Storage options include laptop stowage in the center console, as well as quick storage solutions for cellphones, drinks, pens and business cards.

“Once again, the Ford F-150 establishes new standards in durability, capability, technology and efficiency to help F-150 owners be more productive 24/7 – whether for work or weekend fun,” said Nair.

Ford F-150

The F-150 will continue to be manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.



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