Here are 15 of the most important points to remember about the 2015 F-150:
1- Variety is the spice of life. The 2015 F-150 features four engine choices:
- 3.5L V6 that develops 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque;
- 2.7L EcoBoost V6 (more below);
- 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that generates 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque;
- 5.0L V8 that produces 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque.
3- All 2015 F-150s are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission that, depending on trim, includes a sport mode. It’s well worth it if you like to drive your truck a little harder than most…
4- The F-150’s body is made of military-grade aluminum alloys. This will help the truck resist corrosion and facilitate recycling. Also, weight-loss…
5- The 2015 F-150 has lost no less than 700lbs increasing its load capacities, improving fuel economy, braking, and overall performance. The Ford is the biggest loser, in the best possible way.
6- The 2015 F-150’s price range goes from $21,399 to at least $67,000. That base price lines it up with a number of current compact pickups. Tough to justify needing a Ranger replacement…
7- For 2015, Ford has endowed the F-150 with the latest technology, much of which is common to cars but that had yet to be seen on a truck. LED head and taillights are available as is a 360-degree surround view camera system. Brilliant (in both senses of the word) in-bed LED lights, for those who use tonneau covers, are also offered.
8- The 2015 F-150 is currently the most capable full-size light-duty pickup. When properly equipped, it will tow up to 12,200lbs and carry up to a 3,300lbs payload.
9- You probably know this but it’s always good to remind truck buyers that the F-Series has been the bestselling truck in the US for 37 years and 46 in Canada. The title is not likely to change hands any time soon.
10- With the reduction in weight, improved engine efficiency and the advent of the EcoBoost 2.7L V6, fuel economy is expected to improve by 5% to 20% over the previous generation of the F-150.
11- Without increasing existing engine output, the power-to-weight ratio is actually up 5% to 16% on all trims thanks to the reduction in weight. This means the trucks are quicker… I smell drag races.
12- Ford went all out with testing the new truck. In the course of its development, F-150 engineers put no less than 10 million miles on various test mules.
13- The 2015 F-150’s frame is made of 78% high-strength steel compared to only 22% in the last one. This has cut 70lbs, however, it is the strongest and biggest ever slapped under an F-150. It features a fully boxed design. Some parts of the frame are no longer hydroformed, as was the case with the previous F-150’s. The explanation lies in the fact that the old frame was of a single thickness, while now there are differences in the levels of thickness as portions are now welded. An additional cross-member (8th) has been added to further improve torsional rigidity.
14- A new Boxlink system provides buyers and users the ability to customize tie-down options to secure almost anything thanks to a combination of metal brackets and custom cleats. It’s quite clever.
15- The new cab is 2” wider than previous generations. The beltline has dropped 1” and the signature kink in the door is down 2”. All of this improves interior room, comfort and outward visibility.
Bonus: The more capable off-road the truck is, the better it'll get stuck. Better get a winch installed up front if you plan on going off the beaten path on a regular basis.
Double Bonus: The 2015 Ford F-150 shows up in showrooms in a few months, by the end of 2014.