Ford has today revealed its all-new F-150. Part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, the F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years.
In designing the backbone of the F-150, Ford engineers say they have 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, aluminium alloys 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.
As part of the development process, a disguised new Ford F-150 even raced in the Baja 1000, where it completed all 883 grueling miles.
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, claims Ford. Eight through-welded crossmembers provide increased stiffness, while staggered rear outboard shocks provide improved stability.
Under the hood, a new 2.7-litre EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a 3.5-litre V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing join the existing 3.5-litre EcoBoost and 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8.
F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also feature 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, the F-150 will continue to be manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.