For decades, the Ford F-150 has been one of the most popular vehicles in America, and for more than 30 years, it has been the best-selling pickup truck in the country. There are plenty of reasons why Americans love the F-150, such as the fact that it’s one of the toughest vehicles out there, it’s equipped with some of the most innovative technologies developed by Ford, it has a pretty nice exterior design, and its interior is quite comfortable, for a pickup truck. Since it’s a huge source of Ford’s profits, it’s only natural for the automaker to be doing everything it can to keep the F-150 at the top, trying to make it even tougher, safer, and more efficient than it already is.
The all-new F-150 was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, and it left a great first impression, featuring a few significant changes to the design, looking more stylish and definitely more rugged, but the biggest change has to do with the materials that are used for the body, which is largely made of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than its predecessors. By choosing to use aluminum to build the body, instead of steel, Ford has made the truck about 700 pounds lighter, which will obviously result in better fuel consumption. A truck with an improved fuel economy, that is more flexible and able to move a bit faster, is exactly what many people using pickup trucks for commercial purposes are looking for, and it seems that the new F-150 will provide that. In addition to this, Ford had to make it more fuel-efficient, in order to comply with fuel economy requirements, that have become much tougher over the past few years.
On top of being more fuel-efficient, the 2015 F-150 is also much safer, with features like second-row inflatable seat belts, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system, active park assist, and LED sideview mirror spotlights. A lot of these features, along with the LED headlights, have never been implemented on a pickup truck before, which makes the new F-150 quite extraordinary. Furthermore, it’s equipped with a 360-degree camera, which allows the driver to be aware of his/her surroundings at all times. There are also a few practical and convenient features, such as the tailgate with a flat top, that can be lowered remotely, as well as the integrated loading ramp, which help you load your cargo onto the truck bed much more easily.
As far as performances are concerned, Ford hasn’t released any details, but the company is expected to offer a new engine lineup, which will include a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost turbocharged V6, and a 5-liter V8 engine. These engines will definitely be more efficient and more powerful than the ones that were offered on the 2014 F-150.
With all these changes to the truck’s body, its exterior design, and by adding plenty of convenience features, along with high-tech safety features, Ford hopes that the new F-150 will cater to customers’ needs, who want powerful, capable trucks, that don’t burn too much fuel.
Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and car tech specialist. He is a writer for DMV.com, a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress of US drivers.