Tasked with preserving the utility and ruggedness established in decades of production pickup trucks, expectations for the new product also sought a relevancy in the modern automobile market. Premiering Monday, the 2015 Ford F-150 seems to be the ideal balance of new and old.
At first glance, the 2015 Ford F-150 appears to be only an incremental change from the current truck; how looks sometimes deceive. Greatly toughened for 2015, the all-new Ford F-150 is constructed on a frame consisting heavily of high-strength steel. Allowing a stronger backbone, the use of high-strength steel for the 2015 F-150’s chassis provides a weight-savings of 60 pounds compared to the frame found on the current truck. Lighter weight construction is a hallmark of the 2015 Ford F-150 with up to 700 pounds shed through the new design.
The new headlights and grille design of the F-150 is spawned from the 2013 Atlas concept vehicle. For the first time, LED headlights will be available on the Ford F-150 providing a greater field of night vision for drivers. From the cabin back is where engineers of the new F-150 worked their greatest magic. A new aluminum-alloy cargo bed offers a bundle of innovation traits.
BoxLink provides a series of metal brackets and cleats. Included for easy loading and unloading of large equipment such as ATVs and motorcycles, the 2015 Ford F-150 offers integrated loading ramps. A tailgate step is also built into the design of the 2015 F-150 that remains hidden when not in use.
Last time Ford dramatically reengineered the F-150 for the 2009 model year, the auto company believed truck buyers would only understand the exhaust note of V-8 engines. A few years later, Ford realized they missed an opportunity to promote their technologically-savvy EcoBoost V-6 engine in their popular light truck. Putting a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant into the Ford F-150 for the first time, customers reacted well to the Ecoboost model’s 365 horsepower worth of output combined with impressive pickup truck fuel economy.
On the 2015 Ford F-150, EcoBoost power is expanding to a second engine. A 2.7 liter EcoBoost powerplant will be offered on the new F-150 after being successfully tested during the Baja 1000 off-road race. Output for the new 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine is not yet revealed but is slated to be in line with mid-range eight-cylinder powerplants. Auto Start-Stop is standard with the new 2.7 liter Ecoboost engine.
The second EcoBoost powerplant joins a full house of engine options available the 2015 Ford F-150. Also new for the F-150 in 2015 will be a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine featuring twin independent variable camshaft timing. The 3.5 liter EcoBoost V-6 and, of course, the 5.0 liter V-8 powerplant round out the four-engine line-up for the new F-150.
Thanks to the reduced weight, owners of the 2015 Ford F-150 can safely expect a more agile, better performing pickup truck. In addition to improved fuel economy, the 2015 F-150 will present optimized hauling and towing characteristics.
Inside the new F-150’s cabin, the attention paid to making the exterior provide to the zenith of utility is repeated. Clean, functional and comfortable, the interior of the 2015 Ford F-150 is configured for high ergonomics. The driver of the 2015 Ford F-150 is granted an entirely revamped technological array including a 360-degree camera view to aid manoeuvrability.
Adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System and Lane-Keeping System are other aids available on the 2015 F-150. In case it is not clear enough the new Ford F-150 is not your grandfather’s pickup truck, an 8-inch touch screen system featuring MyFord Touch and SYNC can be added to the 2015 model year vehicle.
On Super cab and Crew cab models of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, rear under-seat compartments will provide useful, hidden storage areas. In event of a crash, inflatable seat belts will protect rear seat passengers.
Set for sale later in this year, the 2015 Ford F-150 will be made available in a dizzyingly assorted amount of models. In addition to XL, XLT, Lariat Platinum and King Ranch trim levels, two-wheel and four-wheel drive as well as three cab layouts will give owners a broad amount of choice.
With the introduction of the 2015 Ford F-150, the 2014 edition of the Detroit car show is quickly becoming a truck showcase. On the weekend, covers were removed from the 2015 GMC Canyon exhibiting some standout technology itself.