2015 Ford F-150 Drops 700 Pounds, Gains MPG and Hi-Tech

by Christopher DeMorro

The new 2015 Ford F150 pickup uses an aluminum body to cut more than 700 lbs. of weight from its body compared to the 2014 model. Combining those massive weight savings with other changes, like the addition of a new, 2.7 liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 and the same sort of active shutter system we suggested Ford incorporate into its trucks back in August, makes this new Ford seriously more fuel efficient than any vehicle this big has a right to be!

So, we love the new F150 already, but will consumers love it? Will they be turned off by the smaller engine or the perception that steel is stronger than aluminum? Read all about the new 2015 Ford F150 reveal at NAIAS, watch the video, and let us know what you think of the new big Ford in the comments.

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2015 Ford F-150 Pickup at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, U.S.A. All images by Christopher DeMorro/Cleantechnica

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been revealed, and it is arguably the biggest reveal of the year. Utilizing lots of aluminum to shed about 700 pounds of weight and employing all sorts of new technologies, like active grille shutters and a new, smaller EcoBoost V6, the 2015 F-150 promises to remain Ford tough while delivering class-leading fuel economy…and then some.

Analysts had predicted Ford could lose as much as 600 pounds by going with an aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150, but Ford managed to drop a whopping 700 pounds off of the outgoing model, which even in its trimmest form (regular cab 2WD) still weighed about 4,700 pounds. This weight loss will have huge ramifications for fuel economy, as will a suite of fuel-saving technologies, starting with a new 2.7 liter “Nano” EcoBoost engine.

While Ford isn’t delivering power numbers, estimates put the Nano in the 300 horsepower and 350+ ft.-lbs. of torque range, slotting in nicely between the base 3.5 liter non-EcoBoost V6 (which replaces the 3.7 liter) and the 5.0 V8, which carries over with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. The new 2015 F-150, despite getting bigger and gaining a bolder look that borrows heavily from the Ford Atlas Concept, and the new front end demands you pull over once this big truck takes over your rearview mirror. The squarer look is also more aerodynamic too, at least according to Ford engineers, further improving MPG gains.

As far as technology goes, Ford knows parking a big truck can be a big pain, and added an optional 360-degree camera connected to an 8-inch LCD screen. LED lighting is used both front and back, and at highway speeds the active grille shutters close to improve fuel economy, though Ford has not mentioned any specific numbers thus far. If they can’t squeeze 30 MPG out of a 700-pound light F-150 though, they’re doing it wrong, although engineers were initially aiming for just a mild 3 MPG improvement.

If you ask me though, the 2015 F-150 does everything right, and will more likely than not continue Ford’s domination of the full-size pickup market.

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2015 Ford F-150 Pickup at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, U.S.A.
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All New Ford F-150 Atlas – Improved MPG with Aluminum Body

by Jo Borrás.

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Ford Atlas pickup truck. Image by Ford

Ford has asked suppliers at Alcoa to provide a sample of “military grade aluminum” for display alongside the new 2015 Ford F-150 set to be unveiled at January’s Detroit Auto Show. It’s believed that the move is meant to put a tough “spin” on Ford’s extensive use of aluminum, rather than steel, in the construction of the new pickup, and keep the marketing message away from any comparisons to pop cans.

Ford’s switch to aluminum in the new 2015 Ford F-150 is part of a recent Ford trend to tech-ify its trucks, improve the fuel economy of its truck fleet, and is a logical next step in the modernization of Ford’s truck line-up, along with better suspension, more isolated cabins, and the addition of the Ecoboost 6-cylinder turbo engines which supplanted the old-tech “Modular” V8 engines in Ford’s half-ton trucks a few years ago.

Whether or not the public will “buy” the idea of tough aluminum, though, remains to be seen. “This is already the most significant debut at the auto show,” explained Joe Langley, a production analyst for industry research firm IHS Automotive in a telephone interview with Bloomberg a few days ago. “Everybody’s going to be dissecting (the 2015 Ford F-150) for a long time, especially since Ford will be taking such a big gamble.”

What do you think, dear readers? Is Ford going to have a hard road ahead when it comes to selling aluminum trucks? Will the average truck buyer even realize their new truck is aluminum? Will the weight and fuel economy benefits of aluminum lure fleet customers away from GM and Mercedes-Benz? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.

Source | Bloomberg, via Jalopnik.

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