When people see the all-new Ford F-150 for the first time, they tend to do two things: First, they tap their knuckles against the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, and then they marvel at the pickup truck's available segment-first seamless sliding rear window.
The seamless design conceals the vertical seams that mark the edges of conventional pickup truck sliding rear windows, creating a smooth opening when viewed from outside.
Developed by global automotive supplier Magna International, in association with Ford, the first-to-market design sets a new trend for power sliders by reducing component needs and improving overall functionality and manufacturing efficiency.
"Delivering the latest in innovation and technology to our customer is a top priority for Ford," said Noah Mass, Ford body mechanisms manager. "The seamless sliding rear window is another great example of the intricate detail that goes into producing the next-generation F-150, setting it apart from any pick up on the market today."
Standard sliding rear windows typically contain three pieces of glass - left and right panes that don't move plus the sliding portion in the middle, all held together by a support structure that requires numerous components. The seamless sliding rear window uses only two pieces of glass - the exterior surround and the sliding portion, reducing build componentry and complexity. The window's opening is the same size as the outgoing design.
In addition to its streamlined looks, the window's two-piece design enables continuous uninterrupted defrost capability for the larger surrounding glass.
The new design also contributes to vehicle weight savings, as the seamless power slider uses a lighter window control module. Overall, up to 700 pounds have been saved through the use of smarter design and advanced materials, helping the all-new F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency.
"We designed the seamless sliding rear window to deliver not only a new look and improved functionality, but also to start a trend in the truck sliding window market," said Troy Tooker, design engineering manager for Magna International. "With pickup sliders being one of our core products, we wanted to show our leadership and raise the bar on the new F-150."
All-new Ford F-150 - the future of trucks
The 2015 Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever - setting the standard for the future of trucks. Its signature fully boxed ladder frame is all-new, with more high-strength steel than ever - making the truck both stronger and lighter.
High-strength, military-grade aluminum is used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving weight.
When it arrives in showrooms later this year, the all-new F-150 will have undergone the equivalent of more than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds Built Ford Tough standards.
In addition to an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost(r) engine offering, a complete lineup of powertrains lets customers tailor the toughest, smartest, most capable pickup truck ever to their needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 66th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.
The all-new F-150 will be manufactured at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
Press Release provided by: Ford Motors