NAIAS 2014: New 2015 Ford F-150 Uses Aluminum Body To Save 700 Pounds, Features 2.7L EcoBoost Six
January 13th, 2014 8:21 AM Share
With an aluminum body on a steel frame, a la Spen King Range Rover, the new F-150 is up to seven hundred pounds lighter than its predecessor.
A new 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 joins the existing 3.5L V-6, 3.5L Ecoboost, and Coyote five-liter. With “the power of some V8s,” the small-displacement V-6 will enable the F-150 to tow up to 8,000 pounds.
New upscale-ish features include LED headlights and tails, an eight-inch dashboard screen, and a 360-degree camera system.
Published January 13th, 2014 8:18 AM
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- BEPLA My own theory/question on the Mark VI:Had Lincoln used the longer sedan wheelbase on the coupe - by leaning the windshield back and pushing the dashboard & steering wheel rearward a bit - not built a sedan - and engineered the car for frameless side windows (those framed windows are clunky, look cheap, and add too many vertical lines in comparison to the previous Marks) - Would the VI have remained an attractive, aspirational object of desire?
- VoGhost Another ICEbox? Pass. Where are you going to fill your oil addiction when all the gas stations disappear for lack of demand? I want a pickup that I can actually use for a few decades.
- Art Vandelay Best? PCH from Ventura to somewhere near Lompoc. Most Famous? Route Irish
- GT Ross The black wheel fad cannot die soon enough for me.
- Brett Woods My 4-Runner had a manual with the 4-cylinder. It was acceptable but not really fun. I have thought before that auto with a six cylinder would have been smoother, more comfortable, and need less maintenance. Ditto my 4 banger manual Japanese pick-up. Nowhere near as nice as a GM with auto and six cylinders that I tried a bit later. Drove with a U.S. buddy who got one of the first C8s. He said he didn't even consider a manual. There was an article about how fewer than ten percent of buyers optioned a manual in the U.S. when they were available. Visited my English cousin who lived in a hilly suburb and she had a manual Range Rover and said she never even considered an automatic. That's culture for you. Miata, Boxster, Mustang, Corvette and Camaro; I only want manual but I can see both sides of the argument for a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Once you get past a certain size and weight, cruising with automatic is a better dynamic. A dual clutch automatic is smoother, faster, probably more reliable, and still allows you to select and hold a gear. When you get these vehicles with a high performance envelope, dual-clutch automatic is what brings home the numbers.
Maybe someone beat me to it, but what happens when one of these burns? Aluminum melts at a lower temp than steel. I guess there will be molten blobs of aluminum on the road. How will rescuers deal with soft bodied F150s due to the heat? I wouldn't want molten aluminum falling on me!
So how easy is to remove that aluminum tailgate sell it for some cash and buy some dope?