Pickup trucks have, since long, been the mainstay of the cargo industry in many countries of Europe and North America. The Americans especially have a penchant for their pickups which are very popular in the country. One such pickup is 2015 Ford F-150, a legend in its own right. Proof? Consider this- It has been the largest selling vehicle in the US and Canada for over 32 years! And the sentence says vehicle, not pickup.
With that signature large front grill and high hood, it looks killer to say the least. For Ford, it is one such member that it can depend on to keep its cash registers ringing in all situations. Thus, it is imperative that Ford will like to keep it as new as possible by giving it little updates here and there and calling it “new”. But the company did otherwise and has decided to give it a proper full facelift.
The biggest change that the 2015 model incorporates is the materials used for construction since the first and foremost challenge for the Ford team was to reduce the weight of the vehicle. And they managed to do it by a good margin. 700 pounds precisely. That means it will now weigh a little above 4000 pounds, which is the lightest in its category of pickups. In real world, it will mean better fuel economy and more pulling power.
This was achieved by an extensive use of aluminium in the cab and the bed (a first in its class), with firewall being the only major part to use steel. The percentage of steel in the ladder has also been increased to replace the heavier iron counterpart. The manufacturing technique still remains body-on-frame type.
On the exterior front, the vehicle has seen many changes that reflect the company’s intentions of making the F-150 not only the toughest but also the better looking pickup. It is based on the Ford Atlas concept that was showcased last year.
Major changes include a chunkier hood, full LED treatment to the front and rear lamps, a window on the rear glass that looks straight out of some sci-fi movie and more detailing to the rear (finally!). Talking about the LED headlight a little more, it itself packs quite a punch in terms of the technology, with a very tough glass, 63% more efficiency and an LED tube to boast makes it recognizable from a good distance.
Interiors have also been updated accordingly, with 3D style AC vents, chunkier door handles and steering and new multi layered dash design.
Mark Fields, the COO of Ford said
“Ford has always been known to make F-150 tough. This time we tried to make it tough as well as smart”.
In its quest to make it smart, countless innovations have been introduced in the F-150. It now gets 360 degree rear parking camera, inflatable rear safely belts, dynamic hitch trailer assist to prevent unwanted trailer sway and a remote opening tail-gate.
Coming to the heart of the F-150, it will get four power plants namely the 3.5L V6, the 5.0L “Coyote” V8 which will replace the 6.2L version, the 3.5L EcoBoost and new in the line-up 2.7L EcoBoost. Ford has still not revealed the power figures for any of those engines.
An interesting fact is that people think that it was first shown to the world in the Detroit Motor Show 2014, but not many know that as a testing exercise, it competed in the Baja 1000 off road race. The body panels were from the old Ford F-150 to disguise it from the shutterbugs but except that, everything was from the 2015 F-150. And the result? As expected, completed the race without even a single tyre puncture which in itself is a very big achievement.
F-150 will be available in five trim levels- XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Premium with a host of choices for the length of bed and the cab. It will go on sale in the fall of 2014 and prices are expected to start from $22000 for the base model.
Author: Arjun Dua