Automakers already having a large renewed with their popular sedans and small cars. All-new and absolutely redesigned sports cars and trucks, luxury sedans, SUVs and trucks take center stage for for 2015.
One of one of the most prominent among next year’s models, particularly in phrases of its industry presence, is the industry’s best-seller vehicle of any type – the Ford F150 full-size pickup.
The new F-150 and 2015 Mustang, which are both centerpieces of Ford’s auto show display, are really the beginning of a product onslaught for the Dearborn-based automaker in 2014. Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC marketing, said research shows consumers quit buying small pickups in favor of big , crossover SUVs and midsize sedans because the trucks didn’t offer comfortable and quiet interiors, advanced features and good fuel economy.
Before unveiling it’s new F-150, Ford executives talked about the newest autos added to the Ford line, introducing new models to North America and highlighting the company’s growth in sales, at the beginning of the 2014 North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. We’ve had a lot of them recently, not all of them have gone as smoothly as we would have liked,” he said following the F-150′s unveiling. Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. said all launches are important, but none necessarily go perfectly.
As for how strong aluminum is versus steel, Ford argues that many military vehicles, such as the HMMWV and Bradley Fighting Vehicle, use a similar aluminum alloy in their construction. The use of aluminum, Ford says, should help the truck post much higher fuel economy ratings, as well as “tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter.” At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford wowed showgoers with the all-new truck, which bears a strong, if a bit toned-down resemblance to the Atlas concept.
We really believe that this design is absolutely solid,” Ford CEO and president Alan Mulally told reporters following the vehicle’s unveiling Jan. And Ford is confident it is positioned to successfully launch the revolutionary vehicle, according to executives. The new full-size pickup will be the first mainstream, heavy-volume vehicle to feature a nearly all aluminum-alloy body and all-new high-strength steel frame , helping shave up to 700 pounds off of the current model.
For generations of loyal Ford truck owners, the quintessential full-size truck has been the Ford F-150 Indeed, as Ford proudly points out, the F-150 has been the best-selling truck and the best-selling vehicle for the last three decades. The F-150 and Mustang are currently making its public debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show, which is open to the public through Jan. We grew well in ’13, we’re going to grow in ’14 and into the future,” he said following the vehicle’s unveiling.
Integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers. LED lighting is used front and back, and at highway speeds, the F-150’s active grille shutters automatically close to improve fuel economy. Parking a big truck can be a hassle.
Boxside step, now available for the short 5.5-foot box. Rear under-seat storage in Super and Crew cabs provides hidden storage, and two storage bins are also located underneath rear seats. LED lighting embedded in the cargo box walls.
Aesthetically, the new interior looks awesome. Safety tech includes second-row inflatable safety belts, curve control, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system and blind spot information system. Other driver aids available as options include SYNC with MyFord Touch, hill start assist, MyKey, rearview camera, reverse sensing, trailer brake controller and extendable tailgate step. New eight-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel.
Trailer hitch assist, a new rearview camera feature that helps the drive line up truck and trailer without the need for a spotter or getting out of the vehicle. Tailgate step, fully integrated inside the tailgate and invisible when not in use. 400-watt power outlets inside the cab.
Six-speed automatic transmissions are standard across the board. There is no more 6.2-liter V-8, because the 5.0-liter V8 will deliver equivalent performance to the discontinued engine. Most of the headlines center on the all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that Ford claims will “deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s.” While official horsepower and fuel economy ratings aren’t yet available, it’s estimated the engine will deliver 300 horsepower and 350+ pound-feet of torque.
The actual name of the technique is Fused Deposition Modeling ( FDM ). FDM is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications. Suzanne Kane , an automotive writer with over 30 years of experience, covers the latest consumer, product and other auto-related information for iSeeCars. Most four-wheel drive models can be ordered with the FX4 off-road package, which includes an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks to improve capability on the trail.
Some analysts speculated that Ford is taking a big risk with going for a “revolutionary” redesign, but Bill Ford Jr. said a bigger risk would have been standing still. Ford also added a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, which turns off the engine when a vehicle stops, and a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. The company will continue to offer a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 5.0-liter V8. According to Ford, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s. 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.
Lighter in weight with regards to fuel economy but nonetheless no lightweight with regard to its capabilities, Ford dealers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new F150 following effective model years that observed revised pickups from Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Toyota arrive to exploit renewed demand for huge trucks.
The Ford F-150 is one of the best selling cars on the planet. And with all the updates and redesigned received for 2015 model it became even more competitive. Basically, we will love this car because it is lighter than the current model. There are four engines to choose from and the best of all, there are new equipment. The all new Ford F-150 was held as the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever.” The model will be about 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation.
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.”
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.
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.
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.