For those eager to get their hands on the brand new aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 we have some bad news. According to a letter signed by Ford’s distribution planning manager Kevin Giacomini and John Bradley, the first customers will get their new F-150 by the year end while those who will order specific configurations may not receive their vehicle until early 2015.
Apparently, there is a logical explanation for this as Ford wants to make sure that they not compromise their commitment to quality just to deliver the F-150 few weeks earlier. Next week, on Monday, Ford will close the Dearborn truck plant located in Michigan, as it needs to make the modifications for producing the 2015 F-150.
The first pre-production prototypes will roll off the production line on October 22. As you may know already, Ford had several troubles when it launched the 2013 Lincoln MKZ and the vehicle arrived three months later after some quality glitches.
Apparently, Ford doesn’t want to make the same mistake with the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 and will take its time to make sure that everything is set. Last month we also announced that Ford will raise pricing of the 2015 F-150 by $340 to $3,615.
The cheapest models will be the 2015 Ford F-150 XL, which will be powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine and will start at $26,220 including the $1,195 destination charge. Meanwhile, the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT will start at $31,980 including shipping, showing a modest $350 price increase.
2015 Ford F-150 Platinum will be the most expensive version and will start at $52,155, including shipping or course. 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch starts at $46,690 showing a $3,615 price increase.
The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine will be available as an option for $495, while the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 will cost $1,995.
Touted as the strongest and most durable F-150 so far, the 2015 Ford F-150 in its final form will be the result of rigorous torture tests covering more than 10 million miles -- in laboratories, at Ford proving grounds as well as by some of the carmaker’s most demanding truck customers.
These tests were intended to simulate the demands and challenges the Ford F-150 would be subjected to by its owners on its average lifetime. Tests include crisscrossing the country while pulling heavy trailers as well as massive loads. The F-150 will be able to cross desert valleys as well as high-altitude mountain passes, while being subjected to various temperatures ranging from -20 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, customers from construction, mining and utilities sectors have also helped test and prove the high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box of the new Ford F-150. To further prove its capability, Ford fielded a disguised F-150 in the Baja 1000. Interestingly, while some purpose-built race vehicles could not finish the 883-mile race, the F-150 did.
The impressive performance of the new F-150 even in challenging conditions is made possible by a frame that employs high-strength steel rated up to 70,000 psi. This material is much stronger than the steel used in the frames of some rival heavy-duty pickup trucks. To increase the stiffness of the frame, Ford employed eight through-welded crossmembers, while stability is made even better by using staggered rear outboard shocks.