NAIAS 2014: New 2015 Ford F-150 Uses Aluminum Body To Save 700 Pounds, Features 2.7L EcoBoost Six

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
naias 2014 new 2015 ford f 150 uses aluminum body to save 700 pounds features 2 7l

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.

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  • Detlump Detlump on Jan 15, 2014

    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!

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Jan 15, 2014

      detlump, Ford is using Military Grade Aluminum for the new F150 -- the same stuff that the HUMMV and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle are made of. It's good stuff and it ain't cheap. It's an aluminum alloy one grade higher than Aircraft Aluminum.

  • Fred Fred on Jan 17, 2014

    So how easy is to remove that aluminum tailgate sell it for some cash and buy some dope?

  • 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.