Presentations prepared ahead of journalist test drives of the F-150 in the pickup aficionado area of Texas have further revealed new and interesting details about the aluminum intensive truck.
For once, those who thought the 2015 F-150 only uses aluminum are massively wrong: 78% of the truck’s frame has been built using high-strength steel, rising from just 22% on the outgoing 2014 model. The addition of the high-strength steel further dropped the model’s weight by around 70 pounds.
When it comes to aluminum usage (military grade, remember), the new aluminum front fender further drops the weight to 11 pounds, being 20% lighter than its steel counterpart. During testing of the pre-production models, miners (unaware they have a new F-150) dropped a heavy piece of equipment in the bed, denting it – Ford has subsequently thickened the pickup bed.
The extended cab variants will have unusual rear-hinged “suicide” doors that can be opened 170 degrees – practically flat against the body – to ease access in cramped spaces. Prices and the key EPA fuel economy ratings are expected in November, closer to the moment the sales start.
The best fuel economy is expected from the optional 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 engine and would command a $495 premium over the base engine. However, it’s priced $1,100 lower than the 5.0-liter V8. The V6 has 375 pound-feet of torque at just 3,000 rpm and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.