The upcoming 2015 Ford F-150 will be a serious game changer thanks to its aluminum body.
Last January at the Detroit Auto Show Ford unveiled its Atlas concept, which heavily previewed the next-generation F-150 pickup. Due to arrive in 2015, the new F-150 will be quite different than all of its predecessors and, for that matter, its competition in regards to its construction. Previous rumors indicated Ford was experimenting with an aluminum body as opposed to the current steel setup. Ford is intent on shaving as much as 700 lbs. off the total weight when compared to the current model.
But here’s the thing: an aluminum body is quite an endeavor in terms of both costs and overall development. According to a new report from The Truth About Cars, because Ford wasn’t fully convinced that an aluminum body could be ready for production in time, it had an all-steel prototype developed "alongside the aluminum version" just in case things didn't work out. This same report also claims that Ford has apparently resolved the aluminum issue, to much relief. Styling wise, the new F-150 will supposedly resemble the Atlas. Expect the familiar 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 to return.
There will also be a new naturally-aspirated V6 and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Most importantly, the Raptor will indeed be back, but it won’t debut until 2016. With that 700 lbs. weight loss program good to go, Ford's Chevy and Ram competition will likely have no choice but to develop and apply similar lightweight construction to their full-size pickup offerings. Neither one can afford to lose an inch of ground in the never-ending and all-important pickup sales battle.