A 2015 Ford F-150 is one vehicle that has motorist lovers everywhere excited this week, as full details on the Ford truck were recently revealed. Having been unmasked this Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, the F-150 is revving its engines as one of the most advanced full-sized trucks of all time, sporting a slew of new features, technologies, and capabilities on display. The CS Monitor provides the updates on all that the new Ford will have to offer for its drivers this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is being called by its company as an altogether smarter, tougher, and simply better vehicle than any truck they’ve made before. While its big pickup truck look and heavy-handed styling may not appear to be much of an alteration for those looking for a very different appearance, it’s no doubt that this Ford certainly seems sturdy as they come.
In addition to a powerful frame, the upcoming Ford truck has opted for a new grille, eye-catching divided headlights, and revamped truck proportions that offer a fresh change of pace without changing the strong, time-tested formula. According to the source site’s review and full detail disclosure on the 2015 Ford F-150, the most noticeable changes unveiled this Monday at the Detroit Auto Show were its lighter body, greater engines and new technological features, and especially an aluminum construction.
“Its new restyle aside, the most interesting and apparent development with the new body is the truck’s very construction, which is now aluminum in an effort to reduce overall weight. There's only so much you can do with a full size truck body sitting on a steel chassis, but the upshot is a reduction in weight of up to 700 lbs compared to the previous model--a not insignificant figure and one that should aid the F-150's performance, handling characteristics and of course, efficiency."
A pair of new engines will also be joining the range in the 2015 Ford truck model.
“Most important is the new 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost featuring standard Auto Start-Stop … The system has been specially tuned for truck customers to maximize ease of use--the engine shuts off to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, but doesn't do so when towing or in four-wheel drive, ensuring power is always there for the driver when they need it. And for those interested, the truck even has motor sport pedigree: Ford entered a disguised 2015 Ford F-150 into the Baja 1000 cross-country rally in Mexico, where it completed all 883 miles without issue."
“The 2.7 EcoBoost is joined by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing, and both join the existing 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 to complete the range. EcoBoost models are equipped with aerodynamic Active Grille Shutters to further improve economy. These remain open when cooling is required--in traffic, or in hot weather, for example--but close at highway speeds to reduce drag and improve gas mileage.”
Quite a few modern technological features are also included, pushing the new model even higher among its vehicular competitors.
“The truck is boasting 11 new class-exclusive features on the 2015 F-150, to give it the edge over its competition … A 360-degree camera view aids parking and maneuvers, enhanced by trailer hitch assist--a camera that superimposes lines onto the rear view camera to help drivers line up truck and trailer when maneuvering.”
“Loading and using trailers is made even easier with integrated loading ramps, a smart trailer tow module--to diagnose any problems with the trailer while towing, such as blown bulbs--and BoxLink, a package of brackets and cleats for securing trailer accessories and other cargo items. The tailgate--now damped to drop down slower--can also be locked, unlocked and released from the key fob. There are high-wattage power outlets in the cab (400 watts,110 volts), LED lights front and rear, LED spotlights on the sideview mirrors, a new tailgate step and of course, that 2.7 EcoBoost engine.”
“Other useful features include an 8-inch display screen on the dash, LED lighting for the pickup bed, rear under-seat storage in Super and Crew cab models and a boxside step for the 5.5-foot box models. Safety is enhanced by a blind-spot information system, lane-keeping control, Curve Control to slow the vehicle down more when entering a turn too quickly and second-row inflatable safety belts for the rear passengers.”
Finally, economy remains one of the few mysetery factors at this point, but EcoBoost is expected to make a big difference.
"With the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost in the range it could be the most efficient F-150 yet. At its best, the new F-150 has to beat the 16 mpg city, 22 highway and 18 mpg combined of the 2014 EcoBoost V-6 model, and 13 city, 18 highway and 15 combined of the V-8. The 2015 Ford F-150 will go on sale later this year in XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch trims, with an optional FX4 package for most four-wheel drive models.”