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Hoovey2411 01-12-14 11:18 PM

Official 2015 Ford F-150 Thread
 
Official 2015 Ford F-150 Thread



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http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2015-...photo-2146372/

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All-New Ford F-150 Redefines Full-Size Trucks as the Toughest, Smartest, Most Capable F-150 Ever

Tougher: All-new high-strength steel frame, high-strength aluminum-alloy body, more than 10 million miles of testing and Baja 1000-proven 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine

Smarter: 11 new class-exclusive features, including 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab, LED headlights and sideview mirror spotlights, and remote tailgate release

More capable: Up to 700 pounds less weight plus four engine choices for an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency


DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 – Ford today introduces the all-new Ford F-150, the reinvention of America's favorite truck. It is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – setting the standard for the future of trucks.

The all-new F-150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency – from advanced materials that improve durability and inhibit corrosion, to faster processors that enhance driving performance, to breakthrough cargo management and towing solutions.

"F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough. Now, it is both tough and smart," said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer. "The all-new F-150 redefines the future of trucks, and it is yet another example of our One Ford plan producing vehicles that serve customers with a commitment to the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value."

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, America's best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America's best-selling vehicle for 32 years.

"We have a unique connection with our customers," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas. "Time and again, F-150 has delivered the tougher, smarter features they want along with the capabilities they need for work or play. We build our trucks to their high standards."

In designing the backbone of the F-150, Ford engineers improved the truck's signature fully boxed ladder frame. It is all-new with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. 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. Overall, up to 700 pounds of weight have been saved, helping the F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency.

"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."

Even tougher
The 2015 Ford F-150 is the strongest and most durable F-150 ever. Before it goes on sale, it will have been torture-tested in labs, at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of some of Ford's most demanding truck customers for more than 10 million miles.

The grueling testing simulated the demands Ford's customers will subject the truck to throughout its average lifetime. The tests include crisscrossing the country pulling heavy trailers and hefty loads through desert valleys and over high-altitude mountain passes – in temperatures from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Customers using the F-150 for construction, mining and utilities have tested and helped prove out its high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box.

A disguised new Ford F-150 even raced in the Baja 1000, where it earned the distinction of completing all 883 grueling miles while some other purpose-built race vehicles could not.

To perform in these challenging conditions, the frame uses high-strength steel rated up to 70,000 psi – stronger than the steel found in some competitors' heavy-duty pickup truck frames. Eight through-welded crossmembers provide increased stiffness, while staggered rear outboard shocks provide greater stability.

Even smarter
Several groundbreaking new productivity features debut in the all-new F-150, including many class-exclusives. They include:

- 360-degree camera view, using exterior cameras to create a bird's-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow roads and trails
- Integrated loading ramps, which enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
- BoxLink™, which is a combination of metal brackets and custom cleats used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box, from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
- LED headlamps and taillamps, which provide excellent nighttime visibility
- Trailer hitch assist, a new rear view camera feature that adds a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up truck and trailer without requiring a spotter or having to get out of the vehicle
- Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults
- Remote tailgate, allowing for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob – eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate also is damped, dropping down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened
- High-wattage power outlets (400 watts, 110 volts) in the cab, allowing drivers to easily charge corded tools, battery chargers or mobile devices on-site or while driving
- LED spotlights on sideview mirrors, which provide powerful, durable and bright lighting around the truck exterior
- Latest EcoBoost® technology in an all-new, even more efficient 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that features extremely high output and lightweight design
- Next-generation tailgate step, which is now fully integrated inside the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use

Other smart innovations include:

- New 8-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel, which includes updated truck apps – from fuel economy to towing tips – and the ability to create a customized home screen for customers to access their most frequently used apps in one place
- LED lighting embedded in the walls of the cargo box, which brightly illuminates the box interior to help customers quickly find tools or other items
- Rear under-seat storage in F-150 Super and Crew cabs, providing hidden storage for valuables. Two storage bins also are located underneath the rear seats
- Boxside step, now available for the short 5.5-foot box

They join available driver aids, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, hill start assist, MyKey®, rear view camera, reverse sensing, trailer brake controller and extendable tailgate step.

More capable
In addition to helping customers work smarter, F-150 features segment-first technologies that automatically assist drivers. They include:

- Second-row inflatable safety belts, which work like a traditional belt but include a tubular airbag that inflates in the event of a crash and distributes the force of the impact across a wider area of the passenger's chest
- Curve Control, which automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast
- Adaptive cruise control, allowing drivers to set a cruising speed and use radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and maintain a safe distance between vehicles
- Lane-Keeping System, which is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended driving lane by automatically detecting the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror
- Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, which uses radar hidden in the taillamps to detect a vehicle entering a driver's blind spot while driving or backing up

A range of four engines provides more power to meet almost any customer need.

A new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.

Auto Start-Stop technology helps save fuel. Unlike start-stop solutions in other vehicles, this technology – specially tuned for truck customers – shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel drive. The engine restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Ford F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also 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.

On sale late this year
When it goes on sale late this year, the all-new Ford F-150 will continue the tradition of offering the broadest selection of trim levels in the full-size pickup segment. Five primary trims are available: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages are available with XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with XL, XLT and Lariat.

The FX4 off-road package can be added to most four-wheel-drive models, improving trail capability with an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks.

Both the exterior and interior design of Ford F-150 reflect decades of listening to customers and understanding their occupational and recreational needs. The exterior is characterized by a new shape that suggests capability, with a wider Built Ford Tough stance, prominent wheel arches and chiseled grille.

Comfort, utility and refinement define the truck's interior. Ergonomically optimized seating for the front row positions enhances comfort, while extending legroom for rear passengers. Buttons and controls are optimized so they can be operated while wearing work gloves.

Storage options include laptop stowage in the center console, as well as quick storage solutions for cellphones, drinks, pens and business cards.

"Once again, the Ford F-150 establishes new standards in durability, capability, technology and efficiency to help F-150 owners be more productive 24/7 – whether for work or weekend fun," said Nair.

The F-150 will continue to be manufactured at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/13/2...-2-7-ecoboost/

tmf2004 01-12-14 11:26 PM

this is pretty impressive...The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.

Hoovey2411 01-12-14 11:28 PM

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84Cressida 01-12-14 11:30 PM

Seeing the Atlas concept last year, I knew I wasn't going to like how it looked, and they didn't prove me wrong.

But the features are impressive and they'll sell a kajillion of them.

UZJ100GXR 01-13-14 03:45 AM

I like it!

doge 01-13-14 07:57 AM

Tail lights straight off of the Ranger Rover. Besides that I like it, 700lbs weight loss is massive and should really translate well in real world driving ala braking, swift change of direction and less body roll. Ford is really pushing the envelope with the power trains. Small displacement (for a truck) engines are a new concept in this arena and if successful it should really transform the full size truck market. All of this is done in the name of fuel efficiency but I wonder how much will this really help. Dodge has already achieved 30mpg in the eco diesel ram. Was all this effort really worth it? Seems like a medium displacement diesel coupled to an 8 spd achieved pretty much the same result.

bitkahuna 01-13-14 08:06 AM

looks awesome. awesome features. go ford!

LOWFAST 01-13-14 08:36 AM

Negatives, the front end is just rough and unrefined. I will be happy when the "huge grill" fad comes to an end. Either that or one day the truck grills will wrap up over the top all the way back to the tailgate. I also expected more from Ford on the interior, just the same old over angled, clumpy, full-o-plastic look.

On the postitives, I think the aluminum integration, new frame design, and overall weight savings will pay dividends in both performance and fuel economy. I thought seeing the F150 might make me re-think my recent Ram purchase, but nope, I am still glad I pulled the trigger on a Ram.

MPLexus301 01-13-14 10:22 AM

Absolutely love it...great looking truck and all of that tech! Wow! :thumbup:

joshthorsc 01-13-14 03:00 PM

Looks great. :thumbup::thumbup:

CincyBrad 01-13-14 04:47 PM

Gotta say, I love it. Exterior looks awesome and the interior is top notch for a truck. I will seriously consider this when I buy a new truck in a few years.

Let's hope Ford vetted the tech, GM has already recalled 340k 2014 Silverados....... LOL

whoster 01-13-14 05:28 PM

Can't imagine how brutal the next Raptor is going to look!

Hoovey2411 01-13-14 05:59 PM

New powertrain, -700lbs, looks for the most part like the concept. This is big :thumbup:

Motor 01-13-14 06:07 PM


Hoovey2411 01-13-14 06:09 PM

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LOWFAST 01-13-14 06:33 PM

Everything looks nice down the side, especially in black, just can't get past the terrible front end. Looks like a audi-evo-tundra mutant baby. Bleh.

Hoovey2411 01-13-14 07:03 PM

http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam...50-detroit.jpg

Gallery:
http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2015-...photo-2147738/

SteVTEC 01-14-14 05:36 AM

I really like it. Great looking truck! Can't wait to see the numbers on the new powertrain options and MPG figures.

Motor 01-14-14 09:42 AM




Hoovey2411 01-14-14 05:32 PM

Those headlamp and taillight design are so cool. Can't wait to see one at night

Motor 01-16-14 12:21 PM



Vh_Supra26 01-21-14 02:55 PM

How Ford plans to handle insurance and repair questions surrounding new aluminum-bodied F-150


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Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and expensive. That's troubling for the new, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, because it's kind of made a name for itself as a rugged, durable work vehicle.

How will the legions of Ford buyers cope when it comes time to insure and repair their new trucks? Well, according to Ford, it's expecting a ten-percent jump in insurance costs for the aluminum-bodied F-150, although Ford's truck marketing manager, Doug Scott, was quick to point out that the F-150 is generally cheaper to insure than its competition from Ram and General Motors. "At the end of the day, that's sort of a wash," Scott told Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show. "We've spent a lot of time and feel very comfortable that that's not going to be an inhibitor."

The other issue facing Ford is the distinct lack of body shops that have the training or equipment to repair aluminum-bodied vehicles. AN cites an estimate from the Automotive Service Association claiming that of the 30,000 independent body shops in the US, less than 10 percent are able to work on aluminum.

Aluminum repairs demand their own set of tools, and you generally can't mix and match tools for aluminum and steel. The lightweight metal is also difficult to form, as Ford found out. These two factors, combined with the limited number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road, has kept shops from investing in the tools and training to work with the metal. Ford doesn't seem concerned, though.

"We've just been waiting for the reveal to unveil a certification process for dealer-owned body shops and the independent channel," Scott told AN. While it may still be some time before that process is implemented, early adopters won't be left out in the cold - Ford estimates that 90 percent of F-150 customers live within two hours of a certified repair facility, while 80 percent are within half an hour.

"Ford is going to have to execute, and building at that volume in aluminum has never been done in the history of the automobile business. And there are reasons it hasn't been don: It's expensive, and it's complicated and it's difficult to work with," said Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation. That said, Ford seemingly has its ducks in a row on the repair end of the aluminum game. Whether this gamble will pan out in the grand scheme, though, remains to be seen.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/21/f...nsurance-plan/

Hoovey2411 01-21-14 05:41 PM

Good for Ford pioneering a best selling model like this with aluminum. Other manufacturers who use aluminum don't build at this sort of volume. This well help shops start to adopt working on such a material and hopefully drive costs down in the future

LexFather 01-21-14 07:22 PM

FYI Lexus actually tested and trained 2 years before the launch of Lexus in regards to aluminum, so body shops would be ready…

Hoovey2411 01-21-14 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by LexFather (Post 8340812)
FYI Lexus actually tested and trained 2 years before the launch of Lexus in regards to aluminum, so body shops would be ready…

That's admirable, but I can't think of any other Automaker, not Jaguar, Audi or Lexus that plan to use as much aluminum as Ford is going to be soon in volume. Hopefully this move spurs other automakers to jump on board and drive costs down :thumbup:

LexFather 01-21-14 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Hoovey2411 (Post 8340931)
That's admirable, but I can't think of any other Automaker, not Jaguar, Audi or Lexus that plan to use as much aluminum as Ford is going to be soon in volume. Hopefully this move spurs other automakers to jump on board and drive costs down :thumbup:

True but you would think they would have thought that out…we are talking about a case load of aluminum work never seen before….

I have no doubt it will be a great truck the F-150 has earned its right at #1.

Motor 01-22-14 10:15 AM

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We interview the Chief Engineer and Chief Designer of the 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

97-SC300 01-22-14 10:17 AM

I love the design of the new F150. When they redesigned the F250, I thought it looked extremely ugly and still do think it looks weird. This seems like a much cleaner design to me.

mmarshall 01-22-14 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by LexFather (Post 8340939)
I have no doubt it will be a great truck the F-150 has earned its right at #1.

Granted, the new F-series has a previously stellar sales-record and customer-satisfaction rate to fall back on, and the weight-savings of the aluminum panels may have an effect on vehicle performance and gas mileage. But, in other ways, it going to have its work cut out for it going up against the latest versions of the Ram and Silverado, which, today, basically drive like and have the refinement of some luxury cars.

I also share some of the concerns of body-repair that often accompanies aluminum-panelled vehicles. F-150s are used for a lot of hard work , and those panels are likely to get more than their share of dents. Audi and Jaguar had to provide a list of body-shps qualified to work on their A8 and XJ models.....but, unlike them, the new F-150 (as far as I know) still has a traditional steel ladder-frame under the aluminum panels, so, at least, aluminum frame-bending will not be an issue

bitkahuna 01-22-14 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by mmarshall (Post 8341762)
But, in other ways, it going to have its work cut out for it going up against the latest versions of the Ram and Silverado, which, today, basically drive like and have the refinement of some luxury cars.

when did you last drive an f-150? they're quiet and smooth.

also, if likely decent fuel economy improvements come, i'd say ram and silverado will have a very hard time as many who buy trucks would LOVE to save some money on gas, especially farming and construction workers who tend to drive a lot of miles.

mmarshall 01-22-14 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by bitkahuna (Post 8341787)
when did you last drive an f-150? they're quiet and smooth.

Last couple of years. I cashed in on the Ford/Lincoln offers at the DC. Auto Show for pre-paid $50 Mastercards for dealer test-drives. Used one on a new F-150 and one on a Fusion Hybrid...a car that I was VERY impressed with.

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also, if likely decent fuel economy improvements come, i'd say ram and silverado will have a very hard time as many who buy trucks would LOVE to save some money on gas, especially farming and construction workers who tend to drive a lot of miles.
Oh, no doubt....and I mentioned that above (the likely effect of the lighter aluminum on MPG and vehicle handling/peformance). But let's see their faces if and when, after some hard use, those nice aluminum panels end up looking like pieces of crumpled-up Reynolds-Wrap.

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Hoovey2411 01-22-14 12:29 PM

Other than the diesel in the Ram 1500. A 2.7L EcoBoost F-150 may be the next mileage champ for the time being

97-SC300 01-22-14 09:51 PM

I made a rendering of what the next Raptor could look like:


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/833/jj51.jpg

Hoovey2411 01-23-14 12:51 AM

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Originally Posted by 97-SC300 (Post 8343025)
I made a rendering of what the next Raptor could look like:

:eek2: whoa sign me up :woot:

well done sir :thumbup:

LOWFAST 01-23-14 07:26 AM

I do hate the new F150 deisgn, but that Raptor P-Shop looks stunning. Nicely done.

Motor 01-23-14 02:56 PM

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The lead designer of the new aluminum F-150 shows off some of its signature touches.

Hoovey2411 01-28-14 12:48 AM

Ford dealers offered discounts on tools to fix aluminum
 
Ford dealers offered discounts on tools to fix aluminum


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With the introduction of the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 (and the likely use of aluminum in future Ford products), Ford is looking to help its dealerships reduce costs related to repairing this more labor-intensive material. Automotive News is reporting that Ford dealers with body shops will require an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 in equipment and training to work on aluminum, and to help alleviate the financial burden of the new F-150, Ford has announced a special 20-percent discount on this equipment.

Dealers will be able to save up to $10,000 on tools such as welders, air-filtration systems and rivet guns and to create aluminum-specific work stations. The new F-150 goes on sale in the fourth quarter, and dealers have until October 31 to take advantage of this deal, according to the report.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/27/f...-repair-tools/

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Hoovey2411 02-19-14 03:10 PM

GM jumping on board
 
GM readying aluminum-body fullsize pickups

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Ford's extensive use of aluminum in its 2015 F-150 is a big deal. A really big deal. Big enough, in fact, that General Motors is reportedly changing its fullsize pickup strategy. According to The Wall Street Journal, The General has locked in partnerships with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. – companies that will supply aluminum for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.

"Ford's introduction of the 2015 F-150 pickup truck was a game changer, and it's the first, not the last, conversion of this type," Novelis spokesperson Charles Belbin told the Journal. The switch to aluminum has allowed Ford to shave roughly 700 pounds off its fullsize truck's curb weight. And while official mileage ratings have not been announced, the weight loss should go a long way for improving efficiency, especially when combined other efficiency-minded improvements including better aerodynamics and new, turbocharged V6 engines.

Of course, aluminum-bodied cars are nothing new. But extensive use of aluminum in a major, best-selling product like the Ford F-150 is expected to kick off widespread use of this weight-saving material as availability rises and cost decreases. The WSJ reports that GM had originally explored the idea of moving to aluminum pickups back in 2008, but abandoned the idea due to cost concerns amid economic woes.

The General's next-generation, aluminum-bodied pickups are due to arrive by late 2018, so Ford would appear to have a massive head start.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/19/g...lsize-pickups/

BrettJacks 02-19-14 07:23 PM

Lol.... That was quick. Sorry GM.... FORD did it first.

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Hoovey2411 02-19-14 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by BrettJacks (Post 8389970)
Lol.... That was quick. Sorry GM.... FORD did it first.

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And they'll be doing it for sometime :thumbup:. GM's trucks are new and won't be due till likely 2018 (article) as 2019 models. That's always weird to say haha


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