Ford’s all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is coming this year, albeit later than we had previously reported. From what we’ve heard (and seen), it will be well worth the wait. The burly new full-size truck will make its debut towards the end of June/July.
With its full-LED headlights and taillights, massive glittering grille and auto-show-special wheels, the F-150, cuts a striking profile that looks much more “next-gen” than the recently-crowned class-leader, the 2014 RAM 1500 and the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
Ford has released several preliminary details that will make their way to the production pickup. That starts with a new EcoBoost V6 engine, which Ford promises will offer similar V8-level output to the current 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque turbocharged unit, while improving fuel efficiency by 2 mpg. That would place the EcoBoost F-150 at around 18 city/24 highway mpg, great numbers for a truck of this heft and capability. Naturally aspirated V6 and V8 engines are a sure bet, too, and efficiency will improve across the board.
Active Grille Shutters only open when maximum cooling is needed while closing for improved efficiency a’la RAM 1500, while Active Wheel Shutters create an aerodynamic barrier for even better mpg. Pretty cool stuff designed to improve fuel efficiency.
Ford’s new Dynamic Hitch Assist and Trailer Backup Assist will automatically steer and back up the truck for easy coupling to a trailer, requiring the driver only to modulate the gas and brakes.
With pickup competition and profits greater than ever we expect big things from the 2015 F-150—it’s been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for the last 39 consecutive years, and the best is yet to come.