Ford Debuts Lighter, Aluminum 2015 F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 made its grand debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

The 2015 Ford F-150 made its grand debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

The much-hyped 2015 Ford F-150 showed its face for the first time Monday at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2015 Ford F-150 is 700-pounds lighter than previous models thanks to an innovative aluminum structure and the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Aluminum alloy is already used in the construction of military vehicles including the HMMWV and Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Aluminum helped reduced the size of the F-150 by 700 pounds from the curb weight. Ford says the aluminum leads to better fuel efficiency, heavy loads, and driving dynamics. 70% of weight loss is directly tied to aluminum. The other 30 percent comes from increased use of high-strength steel in its ladder-box frame.

“Our objective was to find materials that allowed us to design the truck to be as tough – or tougher – than the current model, yet could help it be hundreds of pounds lighter for better capability and fuel economy,” said Pete Friedman, Ford’s manager of manufacturing research.

The other big announcement Monday was the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This will be the first Ford F-150 to feature stop-start technology. Other engine choices include the 3.5-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6. Ford announced the 6.2-liter V8 will be discounted in 2015.

DEBUT: 2015 Ford F-150

LED lighting is another high point of the all-new F-150. LED lighting is an available option on the headlights, cargo box, and tailgate handle. There will also be an available LED switch on the bed, giving you extra light when completing business in the dark.

The F-150 is also smarter than ever, with a number of new TruckApps. One new App, Smart Trailer Control, will inform the driver if a trailer being towed has burnt-out lights, or if the trailer lights are even functional.

A new trailer hitch assist is a new rearview camera that helps the driver line up a truck and trailer with a spotter. How much easier will it be to hook your boat to the truck! Other features include an optional 360-degree camera view. This camera uses g exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow roads and trails

The final new feature to mention is BoxLink. A combination of metal brackets and custom cleats designed to help you make the bed whatever you want it to be. The new system allows customers to reconfigure the bed as they see fit, and is similar to one of the features on the Atlas Concept from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. “We are leaving the bed open, and are letting the customer choose how they want to customize the bed,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.

The F-150 will be available in five trims — XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. It will hit the George Waikem Ford at the end of 2014. You know when we get it, we’ll have a full set of blogs, photos to show you the next innovation in trucks.

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