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2015 Ford F-150 is Stronger, Lighter, More Capable than Ever

2015 Ford F-150 is Stronger, Lighter, More Capable than Ever

By Jeff Youngs,
At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford unveiled the completely redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck, which goes on sale during the second half of 2014. Available with a choice among five trim levels, four engines, three cab styles, two drivetrains, and a multitude of available comfort, infotainment, and safety features, the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is designed to remain at the top of the sales chart that it has dominated for decades.

Built on a fully-boxed ladder frame constructed primarily of high-strength steel, the new Ford F-150 uses military-grade aluminum alloy body panels in order to trim up to 700 lbs. of weight without reducing its ability to haul payload or tow a trailer. Although the 2015 F-150's styling resembles that of the outgoing 2014 model, this is an all-new full-size pickup with front styling that strongly recalls the Ford Atlas Concept truck.

One of four power plants is installed under the hood, and each power plant is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, signaling the end of the line for the slightly bigger 3.7-liter V-6 in the outgoing F-150. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine is available as an upgrade. Each of these engines is E85-compatible. Ford also offers two twin-turbocharged V-6 engines for the 2015 F-150: a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a new twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine is equipped with an automatic start/stop system. When the F-150 is placed in 4-wheel drive or is towing a trailer, this feature is deactivated to ensure best performance. Active grille shutters are added to the F-150 when one of the EcoBoost engines is specified.

When the 2015 Ford F-150 goes on sale, it will be offered in Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew cab styles and in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels. Three cargo box lengths are also planned, and the new F-150 offers a remote-opening tailgate for the first time, as well as a new version of its integrated tailgate step system. As an option, a new BoxLink cargo management system includes loading ramps for ATVs and motorcycles, as well as locking tie-down cleats. Ford also makes it easier to align a trailer for 2015, thanks to a reversing camera with Trailer Hitch Assist technology.

Equipment upgrades range from exterior trim enhancements, LED lighting, and aluminum wheel designs to leather seats, infotainment systems, and safety features. Additionally, the off-road-ready FX4 package continues for the new F-150.

Options new to the 2015 Ford F-150 include LED headlights, multi-contour front seats, and Active Park Assist technology. Safety equipment includes a standard MyKey programmable vehicle features system, as well as rear park-assist sensors and a reversing camera. For 2015, the F-150 also offers a blind-spot information system with Cross Traffic Alert, an adaptive cruise control system with a collision-mitigation system, and a lane-keeping system. Inflatable rear seat belts are also a new option for Ford's full-size pickup.

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