In an attempt to regain fuel economy crown, Ford will offer a special Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package on the 2015 F-150 featuring the aluminum body. Automotive News says that the Special Fuel Economy package will be offered on the XL model that uses the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine equipped with stop-start technology.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine generates 325 hp and 375 lb-ft (508 Nm) of torque. Still, in order to achieve the best fuel economy in its class, the 2015 Ford F-150 XL will be available only with 17-inch wheels (smallest in the big pickup segment) as it needs to reduce weight and rolling friction.
For those who don’t know, Chrysler already offers the High Fuel Economy (HFE) package on the Ram 1500, which is rated at 25 mpg highway, while the Ram EcoDiesel gets 28 mpg highway.
Ram obtains these numbers thanks to fuel-saving technologies such as active grille shutters, automatic air suspension system that lowers the vehicle at high speeds in order to improve aerodynamics, stop-start as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The other rivals from GM, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, are rated at 24 mpg on the highway. In order to obtain this number, GM uses cylinder deactivation and already announced that it will add a new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.