Ford introduced today the all-new 2015 F-150 and announced that after its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the new pickup truck will go on sale later this year. The Ford F-150 keeps getting better and better and the 2015MY now features a body which is 95 percent made of high-strength aluminum alloys, similar to those used by military vehicles.
Moreover, its frame is 77 percent made of high-strength steel. For those who don’t know, on the current model the frame is 75 percent made of mild steel. As a result, some versions of the 2015 Ford F-150 come with a weight reduction of around 700 pounds. Furthermore, Ford will offer a new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine for the fuel-conscious truck buyers.
This engine comes as standard with Auto Start-Stop. Still, for those who want more power, there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing. The two engines join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. Ford F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also will benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters.
2015 Ford F-150 also comes with cameras that can provide the driver with a 360-degree view of the car. Other features are the integrated loading ramps, LED headlamps and taillights, trailer hitch assist , smart trailer tow module, remote tailgate, high-wattage power outlets, LED spotlights on sideview mirrors and next-generation tailgate step. Other smart innovations include a new 8-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel, LED lightning embedded in the walls of the cargo box, rear under-seat storage, boxside step.
As we said, the 2015 Ford F-150 will go on sale later this year and according to the American carmaker, five primary trims will be available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch.
To ensure that the 2015 Ford F-150 is the strongest and most durable F-150 to date, the American carmaker will have the pickup truck torture-tested in labs and at Ford proving grounds. Likewise, Ford will have the F-150 torture-tested by some of its most demanding truck customers.
The tests – set to cover over 10 million miles – are intended to simulate the requirements and demands that the F-150 would usually endure throughout its average lifetime. These include trips into the country while pulling heavy trailers as well as expeditions over high-altitude mountain passes and through desert valleys while carrying massive loads. On the process, the F-150 is subjected to varying temperatures ranging from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Moreover, Ford also tapped its customers in the construction, mining and utilities to test the high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box of the new F-150.
In addition, Ford entered a disguised F-150 in the Baja 1000 race, in which the pickup truck proved its worth through 883 miles of hostile terrain.
The new F-150 managed to ace these challenges thanks to its frame that employs high-strength steel. This steel is rated up to 70,000 psi, which means that it is stronger than the material in the frames of its rival trucks. The stiffness of this frame is heightened by eight through-welded cross-members, while a higher level of stability is made possible by staggered rear outboard shocks.