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Future Ford: 2015 F-150 Pickups Revealed

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by Ken Freund
October 15, 2014
Filed under RV & Trailer Reviews, Tow Vehicles

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The 2015 Ford F-150 is winning early praise as it sets the standard for the future, thanks to the vehicle’s impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency.

The all-new F-150 can tow up to 12,200 pounds and haul 3,300 pounds. The all-new F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds and is projected to have fuel economy ratings in the range of at least 5 percent and as much as 20 percent better gas mileage than today’s truck, depending on the model. Improved performance of all the new R-150 models is enabled by reducing up to 700 pounds of weight through the use of high-strength steel in the frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body.

2015 Ford F150 5.0L V8Several groundbreaking features debut in the all-new F-150, including 360-degree camera view that uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails. Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers. BoxLink combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box, from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers. Efficient LED tail-lamps provide excellent nighttime visibility.

Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help line up the truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle. Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob.

The 2015 F-150 lineup includes four engine options for more power. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with standard Auto Start-Stop produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine delivers V8-like 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable towing of up to 12,200 pounds. It has earned an industry-leading maximum payload rating of 3,180 pounds.

The 5.0-liter V8 with twin independent variable camshaft timing is rated 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. Smart engineering enhancements such as a new long-runner intake manifold, revised intake cam duration and new pulse-separated exhaust manifolds help raise towing capability by 1,100 pounds to a maximum 11,100 pounds, and payload to 3,300 pounds. There’s also a 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing that produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.

2015-ford-f-150-01When it arrives in showrooms late this year, the all-new Ford F-150 will have five primary trims available, including 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.


 

 

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