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Ford F-150 going aluminium for 2015

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Ford rolled out their "reinvented" version of the wildly popular F-150 pick-up on Monday, revealing some interesting new details about the future of America's best-selling truck.

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The biggest change is Ford's switch to a lighter steel frame and high-strength aluminum-alloy body, which the company says will shave 700 pounds off the vehicle without sacrificing any durability.

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The change will save fuel and increase the vehicle's towing capabilities. For anyone who panics when they hear the world aluminum, Ford assures that they are using "high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys [that are] already used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries."

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“We have a unique connection with our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas. “Time and again, F-150 has delivered the tougher, smarter features they want along with the capabilities they need for work or play. We build our trucks to their high standards.”

Several nifty features found on the new 2015 model will include...

  • Curve Control, which automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast.
  • Lane-Keeping System, which is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended driving lane by automatically detecting the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror.
  • Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, which uses radar hidden in the taillamps to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up.
  • 360-degree Camera View, using 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 2015 model will go on sale late this year. Five primary trims are expected to be available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages will be available with XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with XL, XLT and Lariat.