Ford loads 2015 F-150 truck with new technologies

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2014

The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup is not a premium vehicle, but it will feature technologies typically seen or fitted on luxury cars, the carmaker disclosed. But Ford would not just offer a few technologies, but a lot of them. In fact, Ford said it has taken out or applied for about 100 patents on the 2014 F-150. That would be a testament to Ford’s current effort in staking a claim as a technology leader.

Yes, the patents are so many that Pete Reyes, F-150 chief program engineer, told Automotive News in an interview at one point he thought “it was more than we could chew." Despite all the new features, Ford still managed to simplify packages for its customers as well as dealers – by reducing the number of trim levels from 10 to five: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch.

For the sake of knowing, here are some of the new technologies that will be added to the 2015 F-150. The aluminum-bodied truck will be featuring the 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engines, which offers stop-start technology – the first time it will be used in a pickup.

Ford will also use a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine. The engine's cylinder heads features cast-in, or integrated, exhaust manifolds that cuts turbo lag and trims weight. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost provides considerable power and torque at 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet respectively.

While this engine is $795 more expensive than the base 3.5-liter V-6, it will be offered at a $300 discount when it launches the truck this December. Ford claims the 2.7-liter EcoBoost gives the F-150 a payload rating of 2,250 pounds and a max towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.

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