Ford will offer Super Fuel Economy package on aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150

Article by Christian A., on July 30, 2014

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.

America’s favorite truck has been reinvented into the all-new Ford F-150. It sets a new standard among trucks, as it boasts of being the most capable, toughest and smartest F-150 so far.

Ford developed and engineered the all-new F-150 to offer unprecedented power, capability and efficiency – as made possible by employing advanced materials that help enhance durability and prevent corrosion as well as by using faster processors to boost driving performance. Furthermore, the new F-150 also employs innovative cargo management and towing solutions.

As noted by Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.’s chief operating officer, the F-150 -- known for being Built Ford Tough – is now both tough and smart. He remarked that the all-new F-150 gives the future of trucks a whole new meaning, while setting an example of the One Ford plan to vehicles committed to the best quality and fuel efficiency as well as smart design, safety and value.

F-150 – a part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup – has been named as the country’s best-selling truck for 37 straight years and its best-selling vehicle for 32 years.

The backbone of the all-new F-150 is a reengineered version of the truck's signature fully boxed ladder frame that now employs more high-strength steel, making it lighter yet stronger. The body of the all-new F-150 extensively employs high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys that are also used in other industries like aerospace, commercial transportation and energy.

The use of this alloy doesn’t just made the body lighter, but also improve its dent and ding resistance. These measures saved up to 700 lbs of weight, enabling the all-new F-150 to offer better towing and hauling capabilities while being able to accelerate and decelerate in a shorter time. Moreover, a lighter F-150 consumes less fuel.

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