2014 Ford F-150 Research Click to hide
Ford is bringing out the big guns with the next-generation of the F-150, complete with aluminum combat-ready blast shields. With the 2015 Ford F-150, the automaker hopes to show that although its body is almost completely made of aluminum, it's just as strong and durable as previous models, if not more so. This new aluminum body is not just about weight and cost savings--700 pounds worth and a patented method of bonding aluminum it developed during the days when Ford owned Jaguar-Land Rover--it's also being implemented to help with fuel economy. Add the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, and Ford is hopeful that the new F-150 will hit 30 mpg highway. The new model will also feature a 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter ti-VCT V-8 engine. Ford is also adding a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which has been developed in part by General Motors. To further the fuel savings, Ford has added auto stop/start technology, and standard active grille shutters have been added to all EcoBoost engines.
If it looks a lot like the Ford Atlas concept truck from last year's Detroit Auto Show to you, it's because Ford showed us all of its cards right then and there and didn't bluff when it was time to bring them to the masses.
Who It's For
The Ford F-150 has always been the working man's truck, and the new model is no different. Thanks to the aluminum body, the new F-150 is more stylish and modern, making it not only a capable work truck, but one you don't have to be embarrassed to drive around. Ford is offering the new truck in five different models, with an available Chrome appearance package and FX4 off-road package. The automaker has continuously moved to make its products more eco-friendly, and the new F-150 is no different. The EcoBoost engines help with fuel economy and emissions, while still delivering the same performance many have come to expect from the segment leader.
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The new Ford F-150 shows great innovation by the company to keep up with the times and new standards, and though some may be controversial, they set the new model apart from the competition.
- Aluminum body that is just as strong and durable as traditional body materials.
- Improved fuel economy thanks to the new EcoBoost engines.
- Innovative technology and refined interior.
- LED headlights and tail lights as well as LED spotlights integrated into its mirrors.
- A power-locking and power-opening tail gate.
- Engine options consisting of a 3.5-liter V-6, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. The thirstier 6.2-liter V-8 has been dropped for 2015.
What We Think
Ford has taken a gamble with the introduction of the new F-150. The aluminum body will either attract customers by the thousands, or deter them. It's already been speculated that Ford isn't sure how the newest model will be received by current customers, but only time will tell. The automaker is continuing to provide more vehicles with EcoBoost engines, and the F-150 is no different. The new model is offered with different engines for every buyer.
Based on the technology and construction of the 2015 Ford F-150 alone, we're going to make an early call and say it's going to stand out in a crowded field, and it will have fantastic potential to expand its appeal greatly. Its aluminum construction may be costly to repair, but we're sure Ford has thought of that. This will be one of the most exciting new vehicles we drive in 2014.
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