2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ford F-150 on Edmunds
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2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ford F-150 (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2015 Ford F-150

What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Ford F-150 has been fully redesigned. The styling is all-new, but the big news is this new body is now crafted almost entirely of aluminum from nose to tail. Likewise, the frame is now made exclusively from high-strength steel. Those two changes combine with other weight savings to trim as much as 700 pounds from the 2015 Ford F-150 compared to the 2014 model.

This significant drop in weight allows a generally downsized engine lineup to do the same job, and the combination of lighter weight and smaller engines results in substantially higher fuel economy. Specific mpg ratings for the 2015 F-150 powertrains have not yet been released.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Ford says the 2015 Ford F-150 will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2014.

How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the 2015 F-150 to be priced similarly to the 2014 model, at least initially.

How Does It Compare to the Current Model?
Dimensionally, the most popular 2015 F-150 variants ride on the same wheelbase and are about as long as the outgoing truck, but the F-150's width, previously narrower than the competition, has been increased about three-quarters of an inch.

This additional exterior width combines with slimmer doors to increase interior cabin width by two full inches, some of which has been used to separate the front buckets for a wider console with more storage. Also, the side window lines have been pushed down an inch and the mirror housings have been moved forward 4 inches, resulting in a more open cabin and improved outward visibility.

The interior styling is all-new, and the materials look and feel more premium and less overtly trucky than before. A larger 8-inch display screen nestles between the two main gauges, and the multitude of information it can display can now be customized and saved as a favorite by the driver.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Ford F-150 will continue to be produced in three familiar cab variations: Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew.

Rear-seat access to the popular SuperCrew has been much improved by moving the center door post forward 2 inches, which also makes it easier to open the now-shorter front doors in tight spaces. As before, this cab can be had with a 5-foot, 7-inch short bed or a 6-foot, 7-inch standard bed.

In the SuperCab, that shorter front door also allows for a longer rear access door, which retains its reverse-hinged pillarless design in the interest of cargo-loading ease. The rear door now opens a full 170 degrees, nearly folding back against the bed side. This cab is available with the 6-foot, 7-inch standard bed and the 8-foot, 1-inch long bed.

Ford will continue to offer a Regular cab, but the 2015 cab (and the corresponding frame and wheelbase it rides upon) will be 4 inches shorter than last year. The difference comes out of the storage space behind the seats, but some of this volume is recovered because of the increased interior cabin width. The downsized Regular cab will be available with the 6-foot, 7-inch standard bed.

The 2015 trim level strategy is familiar, with XL, XLT, STX, FX2, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. As before, the XLT is expected to be the volume seller. No details have yet been released on 2015 versions of special performance models such as the off-road optimized Raptor.

What Engines and Transmissions Are Available?
Last year's four-engine lineup has been shuffled and generally downsized because of the significant reduction in the 2015 F-150's overall weight. All of them are backed by the same sturdy six-speed automatic transmission from last year's truck.

  • The entry-level 3.7-liter V6 is being downsized to 3.5 liters. Power and torque have not yet been announced.
  • An all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 slots in above. Power and torque figures have not been revealed, but output is said to "exceed that of other mid-level truck V8 engines." This twin-turbo engine will also have an automatic start-stop system to save even more fuel when the truck is stationary. The system will automatically disengage in 4x4 mode or when a trailer is in tow, and there will also be an off switch. This engine is destined to be a volume seller with excellent fuel economy.
  • The popular 5.0-liter V8 carries over, and there's every possibility that last year's rated output of 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque will remain unchanged. This engine will likely be cheaper than the new 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 and should tow more, but it's destined to burn more fuel, too.
  • Last year's successful 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 now stands alone at the top of the heap. It made 360 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque last year, and we expect those figures to carry over into 2015. Even so, performance should improve with less truck to haul around.
  • No mention is being made of last year's 6.2-liter V8, which at this point appears to have been discontinued. It may or may not resurface when the 2015 Raptor is introduced at a later date.
  • Ford has not released any fuel economy figures except to say that all powertrains will perform better than last year.

What About Towing and Hauling?
No specific tow rating or payload figures have been released, but Ford has revealed a few things.

  • All maximum tow ratings and payloads will rise from last year because of the reduction in vehicle weight. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was rated at 11,300 pounds last year.
  • The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be good for about 8,000 pounds of towing capacity, a useful figure that plugs a hole between the entry-level V6 and the 5.0-liter V8. Last year these were able to tow roughly 6,000 and 10,000 pounds, respectively.
  • All 2015 F-150 tow ratings will be certified to the new SAE J2807 standardized tow rating procedure. The Big Three have previously been reluctant to adopt this standard because it would result in a loss of about 300 pounds of capacity and no one wanted to blink first. This time Ford is confident it has made enough gains to overcome this and still maintain or extend its advantage over the competition.
  • The instrument panel towing information screen can now display trailer battery charge status or alert the driver if a connected trailer has any burnt bulbs.
  • Following Ram's lead, the F-150's locking tailgate has now been added into the central locking system, but Ford has taken it a step further by adding remote tailgate opening, a first in the pickup world.
  • Rear-mounted LED bed lights and a modular tie-down cleat system improve cargo handling.

What Unique Features Does This F-150 Offer?

  • The MyFord Touch touchscreen navigation system is available, and the redundant physical knob and button controls have been simplified and improved.
  • LED headlights and taillights will be standard on the Lariat Luxury, King Ranch and Platinum and available in certain lower trims in yet-to-be-disclosed upgrade packages.
  • LED side spotlights built into the mirror housings are a new option.
  • The interior 115-volt power outlets now provide 400 watts of power instead of 125 watts, which makes them robust enough to recharge power tool system batteries.
  • The SuperCrew cab is available with a new panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof option.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Standard safety features include four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, trailer sway control and front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags. The standard tire-pressure monitoring system has been upgraded to provide specific tire pressure and location information instead of last year's generic low tire warning.

Options include a 360-degree camera system and a lane-keeping assistance system with included drowsiness detection to ward off lane wandering. Newly developed sensors built into the taillight housings enable a new blind spot monitoring system that includes cross-traffic alerts to ease backing out of parking spaces.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500: The F-150's strongest competition by sales volume, the Silverado and Sierra were redesigned in 2014.

Dodge Ram 1500: A solid full-size offering that was revamped in 2013, the Ram distinguishes itself with coil-spring rear suspension, an eight-speed transmission and the availability of air suspension or a turbodiesel engine, all of which are unique in the half-ton segment.

Toyota Tundra: The Tundra was also redesigned in 2014, but the differences were mostly styling changes. Its engine and transmission lineup was not updated at that time. The Tundra CrewMax cab remains the biggest in the segment.

Should You Wait for It?
The 2015 Ford F-150 promises to provide meaningful gains in both fuel economy and interior comfort while maintaining all of the towing and hauling capacity the F-150 is known for. The specific amount of the mpg gains and the cost of the truck are not yet known but are expected to be compelling.

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Comments

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    Disappointed that the new 9-10 speed auto transmission is not offer here, yet

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    The weight savings are excellent and the engine choices are interesting, but why does Ford have to be in the race for overwrought, overtall, overchromed front end styling? The Superduty is a terrible looking truck and this redesign is encroaching on it. Too much crappy plasti-chrome on a six-foot tall grill.

  • 500rwhp 500rwhp Posts:

    The look is very aggressive. It will probably look great with big tires on it. The problem is that without big tires, it looks like they are trying too hard..... I don't really understand why you need 4 different engine choices and yet one transmission fits all.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    @emajor Well, it isn't just styling. You need a lot of airflow for the radiators (and AC condensor and intercooler and transmission cooler) if you're going to tow well over 11,000 pounds.

  • baggs32 baggs32 Posts:

    500rwhp They need the engine choices because there are folks who simply will not buy a truck with a V6 no matter how much better it is than the V8. Eliminate the V8 and they lose a lot of customers. Besides, the V8 and EB 3.5L V6 are used in other vehicles so they aren't reducing efficiency by offering specialized engines.

  • gregnv gregnv Posts:

    Aluminum for a body seems a bit exotic. While I never owned an aluminum bodied vehicle, the only Edmunds test I can recall with one led to long and costly repairs as such bodies require specialized and expensive repair work. (just remembering the long term A8 http://www.edmunds.com/audi/a8/2012/long-term-road-test/wrap-up.html ) Seems that maintenance costs may suffer with an aluminum body, and that may be important on a work truck.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Will a 2.7L turbo engine really deliver fuel economy gains in a full size truck? Seems drivers will have to dig deep into the boost much of the time to propel such a vehicle forward. I wouldn't be surprised if real-world fuel economy is no better than the NA V6.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @darthbimmer "Seems motoring journalists will dig deep into the boost much of the time just because they can and then whine about the mileage". Fixed it for you. :-)

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    When does Ford's contract with the external door keypad supplier expire?

  • karbuff karbuff Posts:

    Nice updates. Gotta wonder about the front mounted camera on the grill under the oval. Blind spots are supposed to be on the side and back. Maybe the black box can record that front end collision for your insurance company?

  • dodgeman07 dodgeman07 Posts:

    This article repeated states, "An all-new 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6". It's a 4-cylinder.

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    All weights listed here are from manufacturer's website. Model is crewcab 4x4 with 6ft bed. Averaging the Ford's current 3.5 ecoboost with their 5.0 V8 vs Chevy new 4.3L V6 with their 5.3 V8: Chevy: 5244 pounds Ford: 5723 pounds Ford claims up to 700 pounds weight reduction on their popular crewcab 4x4 6ft bed model; so the new 2015 weights in at around 5723-700= around 5023 pounds. A difference of around 221 pounds between the new Ford and Chevy. For comparison, the new 2015 GM Colorado is about 900 pounds lighter than the Silverado per GM, so it weights in around 5244-900=4344

  • trmckin trmckin Posts:

    @themandarin - regarding the door key pad... I hope never. Sadly, it's one of the best features on any vehicle I've ever owned. As far as the article goes, when i read the press release from ford, I understood the FX4 version is going away and it is n

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    I don't even know where to put this comment, so here will have to do. I have seen images on Yahoo of the WRX Sti, 911 Targa and many other interesting cars have been revealed at detroit, and yet I find no mention of them on Edmunds! Whats hot top news story: The Titan is being recalled. Get it together, this site is a joke.

  • trmckin trmckin Posts:

    http://www.edmunds.com/auto-shows/detroit/2014/ 911 and WRX are very low volume in comparison to trucks. You could combine the 2 vehicles and not touch the sales numbers. Most sites post articles that get hits. F-150's generate web traffic. The others are niche vehicles. The titan is about to under go a full redesign and adding a cummins diesel so people are looking for titan news. It's really just simple supply and demand Ed... Cater to the majority. I'm sure the others are fine cars but you aren't going to get any major news article on this site or many others (unless its a suby or porsche fan site) when the best selling vehicle of all time is shaking things up. To say edmunds needs to get with it is a stretch. There are some pics of the vehicles you are looking on this link though. http://www.edmunds.com/auto-shows/detroit/2014/

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Aluminum is an expensive metal compared to steel. I'm all for the weight savings, but if that means tacking another $3,000 on top of a very pricey segment, it might put it out of reach for some.

  • Neighbor just bought a 2014 F150. Looking at his new truck in his driveway then the 2015 pics here, I would think I'm seeing the same truck less a few "tweeks and tucks" here and there! The Atlas pics were awesome, but we all knew we were not getting that style! Keep the cost same as a steel bodied bed and cab! I don't care what the MPG or HP rating is, I would never want a 4-banger anything in a full size truck turbo or otherwise! Hopefully just a mis-print in the article, lol. I hope the physical changes look better in person, then compared to my neighbors 2014.

  • Great looking new F-150! Best looking Ford truck ever in my opinion. Wish the interior wa a little less blocky but still looks nice. This, the new GMC, and the new Ram all look very promising...

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    trmckin - I'm not saying those vehicles are more or less important than this truck, I just didn't know where to put the comment. Over at Motortrend there are images of all the new vehicles at Detroit to click through on the main page. I'll be over there, instead of the giant ad that is Edmunds.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    dodgeman07 says "This article repeated states, 'An all-new 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6'. It's a 4-cylinder." . . . . . Looking at photos of the engine, it surely looks like a V6.

  • baggs32 baggs32 Posts:

    darthbimmer, "I wouldn't be surprised if real-world fuel economy is no better than the NA V6." That's exactly what they are looking for. The EB 2.7L V6 will have better power, torque specifically, than the NA V6 so if it gets the same gas mileage as the latter then the owner wins. dodgeman07, Read the official press from Ford. The EB 2.7L is a V6 not an I4. trmckin, I agree about the keypad. A lot of people who never had it make fun of it but it is very useful and basically they're just jealous.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    Aluminum body mean no more rust. That is a real winner there. saving weight is secondary to me I'm tired of the rust.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    The F-150 is now officially a car for a yuppie to drive to the office in. Drive it on a worksite if you dare.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    Aluminum is an expensive metal compared to steel. I'm all for the weight savings, but if that means tacking another $3,000 on top of a very pricey segment, it might put it out of reach for some. _____________________________ Ford took the workingman's truck and turned it into something people will be scared to park at the supermarket next to other cars....

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    Aluminum body mean no more rust. That is a real winner there. saving weight is secondary to me I'm tired of the rust. ____________________________ I have a 99 Honda I drive in the winter when it snows, not a speck of rust on it... What are you buying in the 21st century that still rusts out?

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