Ford introduced today in Detroit an all-new F-150 combining an aluminum-alloy body, auto start-stop and a new Ecoboost engine.
We know, pickups are not the greenest vehicles, but they warrant a mention when such a big seller makes huge efforts to reduce its mass and fuel consumption.
According to Ford, the new F-150 lost up to 700 pounds and now offers four engine choices, allowing for an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency.
Ford explained high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys – already used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries – are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving weight.
“More than ever before, customers want a truck that is a dependable partner, mobile office and a go-anywhere workshop,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To meet the needs of our truck customers, we created smart new features and a whole new approach to using advanced materials and engines to improve capability and efficiency.”
A new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing is being introduced, joining the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 as options under the hood. Ford said the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.
The Auto Start-Stop feature shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel drive. Additionally, Ford said F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines will benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters. Active Grille Shutters stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during low-speed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot weather. They automatically close to reduce aerodynamic drag at cruising speed.
Ford has not yet released power figures or fuel consumption ratings for this new generation of F-150.
The new 2015 F-150 goes on sale late this year and will continue to be manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.