Ford completely redesigned its popular F-150 for the 2015 model year. One of the more innovative changes was the use of aluminum body panels and a new high-strength steel frame. According to the automaker, this decreases the pickup’s weight by more than 700 lbs. Though official EPA numbers haven’t been released at the time of this writing, fuel economy of the 2015 Ford F-150 is expected to increase between 5 to 20 percent depending on engine.
And speaking of engines, four are expected to be available. The first is a new 3.5-liter V-6. Output is expected to be 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum towing capacity is 7,600 lbs.
The second one is a new 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6. This block’s good for 335 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. Tow capacity with this mill is up to 8,500 lbs.
The third engine, a 5.0-liter V-8, carries over from last year’s model. Output with this potent powerplant is expected to be around 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
Ford has not released details on the fourth engine, which is anticipated to be from the EcoBoost lineup as well.
All the above engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivetrain of the F-150 is standard FWD with available 2WD.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is offered in three body styles: Regular cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew. With the redesign, the body is slightly wider than past models and the doors have been slimmed down. Thus, interior space has increased by two inches. Use of more premium materials gives the interior a more upscale feel.
Ford F-150s with the Regular cab get a 6-ft., 7-in. bed. Same with the SuperCab which can also be had with an 8-ft., 1-in. long bed. F-150s with SuperCrew are available in both bed lengths plus a third, 5-ft, 7-in. bed.
The 2015 Ford will be sold in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. All come with standard anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, traction control, trailer sway control, a tire pressure monitoring system, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. Buyers can also add a single rearview and 360-degree multi-view cameras and rear parking sensors to their pickup. Other optional safety tech include a forward collision warning system, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. Inflatable seatbelts for the rear row are also available. Note that Ford's advanced telematics SYNC system is capable of pairing with smartphones and alert first responders in case of an accident.