The Aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 is Tougher and Smarter

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150  Looks to Boost Gas Mileage and Durability

As a truck fan, I am excited to see the direction the truck market is going and what is up ahead. I believe Ford has taken a huge step in what was needed for the truck sector. Ford has designed the 2015 Ford F-150 to be the footprint, to a smarter but tougher truck.

Smarter

There will be four engines available for the F-150: a 3.5L V6, a 5.0L V8, the 3.5L EcoBoost and an all-new 2.7L EcoBoost. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop is engineered specifically for the next-generation Ford F-150.The high-output twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers power and performance in a stronger, smarter package.

“We’ve applied lessons learned from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost to the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost, but with new technologies that make this more efficient engine perform like a larger mid-range V8,”

Raj Nair – Ford group VP, global product development

Boosting the 2.7-liter EcoBoost’s fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology in the F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel drive – to give drivers power on demand when they need it most. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly.

2015 Ford F-150

Tougher

The revolutionary part of the all-new F-150 is not so much in its appearance, but more to do with its use of military-grade aluminum-alloy that reduces the truck’s weight by nearly 700 pounds.

2015 Ford F-150

However, it’s important to note how and where Ford has applied this aluminum. Ford engineers actually increased the use of high-strength steel in the F-150 frame from 23% to 77% to make sure that it was stronger, more durable, and structurally rigid than the current F-150. According to Ford, the lighter truck with its stronger frame has an increased towing and hauling capability with better efficiency, to boot.

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Smarter

If smarter is better, then I can understand why the Ford Motor Company added plenty of technology to the 2015 Ford F-150.

2015 Ford F-150

Besides the all-new 2.7L Ecoboost engine, who wouldn’t to have smarter trailer status for when you pulling a load. With the 8-inch screen, it should make it pretty visible to check out the 360-degree camera view. Ford also added LED headlamps that provide a better quality light and consume less energy than traditional headlamps. The 2015 Ford F-150 will also offer smart driver-assist technologies on the pickup for the first time. Those features include lane-keeping assist which monitors lane markings and alerts the driver if the truck drifts beyond the lane. It offers adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation system, and a blind-spot-information system.

Tougher

2015 Ford F150

When the 2015 Ford F-150 was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January, I was impressed by the look. I understand that the 2015 screams Ford, but I see continued style and class.

Overall

There’s too many details and features to cover in one article, including specs on the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine option. However, we know one thing’s for sure: The 2015 F-150 is both tough and smart.

About Colby

As the father of 5 and head of the household, I am often looking for the next best thing when it comes to my family. I enjoy trying new products and am excited about delving further into the tech world my wife and teens know so much about. You can also find me on Twitter: @dodomesticdad

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