Ford Unveils new Biggest Loser 2015 Ford F-150

Posted by: Kenny Chan onJanuary 13th, 2014

I’m not a morning person, but finding out that Ford will be starting the first press conference of NAIAS 2014 here in Detroit at 8:10am local time (that’s 6:10am back in Calgary!) with the announcement of the all new F-150 gave me that extra motivation to crawl out of bed this morning. After a short trek to Joe Louis Arena we quickly found a spot to camp out to wait to see what Ford had in store for us. If you recall, this exact time last year we were in the same building to see Ford show us a preview of today’s unveiling, the Ford Atlas Concept.

What we learned since then was that the production F-150 truck was going to be a big shift in strategy for Ford trucks. Instead of relying on the proven strength of steel, they opted to construct the F-150 body and bed with aluminum. The switch has been in the works for years and the project survived the cost cutting years following the financial crisis. Today, Ford shared with us details on the first fruits of the Aluminum switch-over for their trucks with the new Ford F-150.

First off, the main frame of the truck will still be constructed out of steel but improvements in the manufacturing process have shaved almost 100 pounds. The new aluminum body and bed help push total weight savings over the previous generation F-150 to nearly 700 pounds! We saw Chevrolet’s Silverado Cheyenne concept during SEMA, but the weight savings from that one off is peanuts compared to the new F-150.

Ford also announced an all-new 2.7L EcoBoost with standard Automatic Start-Stop technology designed specifically for the Ford F-150. The 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 will both still be available for customers that opt for them while the current 3.7L V6 will be replaced with an all-new 3.5L V6 that will be the new standard engine in the new F-150.

LED headlights, will be an available option, as will LED spotlight mirrors and box lighting, a remote power rear tailgate, 360 degree camera system, 8″ infotainment screen, dynamic hitch assist, trailer brake controller, and 110V/400W power plugs. Standard features include trailer sway control, and active grille shutters we first saw on the Atlas concept. All in all the F-150 definitely carries over many of the design elements from the Ford Atlas concept, in fact the grill on the ZLT looks just like the one off the Atlas. Ford plans to continue offering the new F-150 in all existing trims, including presumably the Raptor but it has made no official announcements. Ford is making a big move with the best-selling truck, only time will tell if the transition will be a smooth one.

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