Ford F-Series is the product which doesn’t need big introduction. We will only mention that 38 million vehicles since 1948 were sold, although it is available in only three countries in the world (United States, Canada and Mexico), and over the years this truck has become just as big legend of American auto industry as Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Harley Davidson are.
One of the best selling models in F-series is F-150 which represents one of the cheapest model in its rich offer. It is based on slightly larger Superduty (F-250,F-350 and F-450) models, as well as on larger truck, such as F-650 and F-750 are. When we know all these facts, we expect that the introduction of each new F-150 represents a major event in America. That brings us to this year’s Auto Show in Detroit, where Ford introduced its 13th generation of F-150 to the audience with a more aggressive design, more modern technology and high quality interior.
2015 Ford F-150 exterior changes
Let’s start with the design. Unlike the cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, which for some time now plays safe with the design, Ford decided to move to completely different and new 2015 F-150 which does not share any lines with its predecessor. US carmaker say they decided to this step because they want to give the customer really “new” product instead of the makeup-wearing predecessors. So let’s start with changes.
For the first time since 1986, F-150 offers vertical headlights, with a brand new mask available from chrome or plastic (depending on the version). As before, the rear part of the car did not have much room for major design changes so the lights remind us of those from other truck in its class. Customer will again be able to choose between three different cabins – RegularCab (two doors), SuperCab (four-door with a short rear door) and CrewCab (four doors with longer rear doors) and three sizes trailers. For the first time in the history of the F-150, you will be able to buy it with the LED headlights, and as in the past there are several tools for easier access into the trailer, such as a small step on the door of the trailer and additional steps on the rear bumper.
If we talk about the interior, Ford will continue to offer generous standard and optional equipment. The offer starts with basic XL model intended mainly to those who work on the construction and they do not care for the equipment. Following the example of vehicles intended for the building, F-150 XL offers cheap plastic bumpers and it doesn’t have electrical equipment. The next model is the XLT, which is offered with chrome bumpers, seventeen-inch wheels and Ford’s SYNC system famous.
US car-maker expects that most buyers will pick Lariat model, which is offered with eighteen inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, SYNC and a camera at the rear. The last options are luxury Platinum and King Ranch mod. Both models come in full equipment, such as heaters and air-seater, Sony audio system with ten speakers, the twenty-inch alloy wheels and leather interior. Since the Ram 1500 took over the role as the truck with the highest quality interior, Ford is putting a lot off effort to bring back the title. Will they succeed, the time will show.
Engine and specs
The 2015 Ford F-150 is offered with four different engines: 3.5l V6 with twin turbochargers, 3.5l V6 engine, 2.7l V6 EcoBosst with twin turbocharger and as last 5.0L V8 engine. Initial 3.7l V6 was replaced with a 3.5 V6 engine because the XL and XLT truck lost a lot of its weight. The new 2.7L V6 engine produces 325 hp and 508 Nm of torque. As before, the standard engine in all cheaper versions is the 3.7L V6 with 305 hp and 372 Nm of torque, while the only V8 option is 5.0L with 360 hp and 488 Nm of torque. However, the most attention attracts new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, which intends to develop a minimum of 320 hp. It is obvious that US giant aims to completely eliminate inefficient V8 engines with modern turbo V6 engines. Although many doubted in the success of such technology, EcoBoost engines certainly so far justify all expectations.
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Release date and price
The 2015 F-150 is actually the big risk for Ford, especially in terms of design and technology, but this is not the first time that the American giant take risks with their most important product. The 2004 model brought design revolution with great success and the EcoBoost model currently constitutes 40% of total sales of F-150. The starting price of 2015 model will be $24,000 (about 16,000 euros) and the F-150 will remain one of the cheaper products in its class. Production of 2015 F-150 will started at fall and the first copies began to arrive in showrooms shortly later.
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