Remember when Ford began touting the F-150′s aluminum body as a means to significant weight savings? The company paraded the figure of 700 pounds cut from the weight of the 2014 model pickup; that’s the weight of about four 175-pound adults. As it turns out, that number was on the conservative side, and the actual weight savings — in that specific trim, at least – comes to four adults and a toddler.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) July 22, 2014
That’s right: The 2015 F-150 saves 732 pounds over its comparable predecessor after placing the two trucks side by side on the scale. But that’s not even the most exciting part of the day’s event, because Ford took some time to reveal what would be lurking under the hood of its new beast.
There’s a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 option available, and although it’s the smallest engine as far as displacement is concerned, it’s not the standard pick, as it produces 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. It has a 2,250 pound max payload capacity and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.
At standard, there’s a 3.5-liter V6 — not the 3.7 liter that can be found in the current model, this is a different unit. It produces 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, enabling a payload capacity of 1,910 pounds and a 7,600-pound max towing ability.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and the 5.0-liter V8 will carry over from the 2014 model as optional equipment. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost generates 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and is easily one of the more popular engine options in the F-150 range. The V8 carries 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and it looks like the 6.2-liter V8, found in the SVT Raptor, has been left off the menu for now.
Ford sold 60,560 F-Series trucks in June, and so far this year, its figures are tracking downwards slightly, by about 0.5 percent. However, it’s possible that buyers are now holding out for the anticipated release of the new model later this year. But the real challenge for Ford will be maintaining volume while it idles its plant to retool for the new vehicle.
It’s clear that the new truck — which has been well received by virtually everyone for its looks, capabilities, and potential weight savings — will be wildly popular. This means that the Harley Davidson edition F-150 could actually come with a Harley Davidson strapped into the bed and still be lighter than the 2014 model of the same trim. That’s some serious dedication to weight cutting, and provided the rollout goes uneventfully, we might be looking at a new era of pickup truck construction.