- Consumer test-drives of the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 will begin in October, ahead of the truck's arrival in dealerships later this year.
- Dealership sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the truck and its features.
- "These early drives are meant to help sales professionals understand the truck's strengths from the best perspective — the driver seat," said Ford in a statement.
Dealership sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the truck and its features. The new F-150, which is up to 700 pounds lighter than its steel-bodied predecessor, uses aluminum.
"These early drives are meant to help sales professionals understand the truck's strengths from the best perspective — the driver seat," said Ford in a statement.
Consumers can preregister for events at F150drive.com.
From October 11 to December 21, consumers in 38 U.S. cities can participate in up to 20,000 test-drives of the new truck. Product experts will come along for the ride to answer questions.
"If no stops are yet planned near a customer's location, he or she will be notified of future tour visits," Ford said. "Walk-up participation is encouraged."
A sweepstakes offering the chance to win a $45,000 2015 F-150 is part of the drive program.
Ford on Monday also published some fuel economy estimates for the 2015 F-150. The truck 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," the company said.
The 2015 F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds, according to Ford.
The truck should be EPA certified sometime in November, Ford said.
Ford also listed performance numbers for the 2015 F-150's 5.0-liter V8 engine. That engine will deliver 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the 2014 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine delivers 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Edmunds says: The test-drives of the 2015 F-150 are designed to educate car shoppers about the benefits of aluminum and to show off the F-150's impressive towing and payload capabilities.