By Jim Lyon
My pick for North American International Auto Show’s best in show, the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is an amazing piece of machinery. They’ve redesigned the body, added new innovations inside and out, and have a brand new engine that’s certain to make the new F-150 a surefire hit.
So over the last few years Ford’s competitors in the full-size truck market have been trying their hardest to dethrone the best-selling car in America. Both Ram and Chevy have really made strides making their trucks lighter, faster, more powerful, and more innovative to try to claim that top truck spot. Now Ford has come back and shown them why they’ve been able to stay atop that mountain with this new F-150. The biggest thing they’ve done is shed weight. These trucks are used for all manner of tasks and, with the way fuel prices are these days, every automaker is trying to give you fuel economy while still providing the hauling and towing power that these trucks are made for. Ford decided that the best way to do this is to lighten the truck without compromising strength. They have a new fully boxed high-strength steel frame with eight cross sections making it stronger and more rigid than ever. Plus by using a boxed steel frame they save on weight. The biggest change is the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys that they’ve used to make the body and bed. Depending on what engines and options you get this can shave as much as 700 lbs off the previous model without sacrificing any strength or durability. This also will make the body and bed much more resistant to corrosion, which is a big deal when you’re in a place with snow and salt on the roads. Put all this together and you’ve got the toughest, lightest, and most economical F-150 yet.
Speaking of economical, Ford has designed a brand new engine to put in this truck. The all-new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is a great combination of muscle and innovation. Putting out great low-end torque and using start/stop technology, this new engine will be both efficient and powerful. Ford Vice President – Raj Nair – said that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is expected to produce “more power than some mid-range V8s”. That’s rather impressive when you look at the figures for some mid-range V8s. Going just off that, you can probably expect the 2.7 could be producing over 310 horsepower and likely a lot more than 327 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 will be available with plenty of engines for your needs. They are the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and the 5.0-liter V8.
On top of all these innovations with the engine and body Ford’s engineers have been busy at work adding a ton of gadgets to make your life easier with this truck. From rather simple things like available LED spotlights in the mirrors and bed to the new bird’s-eye view camera, an available four-camera system lets you to see all four sides of the truck. The system than melds the images together and shows up on your center console screen giving you a top down view of your truck and everything surrounding it. You can even get a 400W outlet so you can plug anything in when you need it. Amazing stuff to have in a truck designed for towing and hauling.
Ford has really pulled out all the stops to make the new 2015 F-150 the best truck you can possibly have. With all the weight that’s been shed this truck will accelerate faster, brake quicker, and be able to tow more. Add all this with a new engine and a ton of useful gadgets the new F-150, in my opinion, is the best truck that money can buy.
For a quick in person look at the new F-150 check out my video from NAIAS.