Ford exceeds expectations on new, weight-saving F-150 image

The No. 2 US automaker is slowly letting us peek into all there is to know about the latest generation of the radical, all new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The carmaker has released important technical specifications of the 2015 F-150, announcing it had exceeded its previous mark of shedding the truck’s weight by 700 pounds (around 318 kg). Ford managed to trim as much as 732 pounds (332 kg) for a nicely equipped four-wheel-drive 2015 crew cab, now weighing 4,942 pounds (2,241 kg). The weight saving transition to military-grade aluminum bodies should have an impact on the fuel consumption of the best-selling US vehicle, but price and mileage ratings will be announced at a later date, closer to the model’s sales introduction in the fourth quarter.

The automaker also disclosed the power and towing figures associated with some of the engines – the new 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and the entry level 3.5-liter V6. The latter would come up with 283 hp and a towing capacity of up to 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg). On the other hand, the all-new 2.7 engine boasts 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque (508 Nm). The towing capacity has been rated at up to 8,500 pounds (3,855 kg), with the new engine expected to account for 28% of the new F-150 sales. Data was not available for the other two engines on offer – a 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.