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Friday, December 27, 2013
Almost 20 % of all Ford pickup trucks offered in the U.S. are sold in Texas (greater than 2.5 times the number offered in other state), so Kansas City Ford Dealers Ford intended to make sure essential Texas media additionally obtained a hands-on look at the brand-new F-150 at the same time as the international media in Detroit.
With key dealerships and media in attendance at a special proving in Dallas, Ford officials unveiled a 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew model of the brand-new F-150, welcomed their 'initial touch' hands-on evaluation and then responded to inquiries regarding this brand-new game-changing vehicle.
After we invested concerning an hour around, in and with this truck at Dallas, we could inform you that Ford is on rather solid ground when they claim that the new F-150 'redefines the future of vehicles'.
2 major innovations for the brand-new F-150 that make it more durable for job and play - plus even more gas reliable - are in the new products used in the body and the new purpose-developed nuclear power plant.
Higher durability - military grade - light weight aluminum now makes up the body surface area, sub-surface and bed elements of the new F-150. Ford has been developing and testing this modification from steel for numerous years and recognizes they are taking a significant wager, yet are certain that light weight aluminum will in fact carry out far better compared to the standard steel.
To get a real life analysis, Ford really had some of their leading mining, construction and energy fleet consumers test associate aluminum beds mounted-- unbeknownst to them-- and told to them to 'drive the tires off' as they would their usual fleet vehicles. Evaluations of the efficiency of the aluminum components when the examination trucks were returned (with top tens of hundreds of miles on them), validated that the aluminum bed stood up to the roughness of the worksite better compared to the steel.
Many importantly, this change to lighter aluminum takes 700 pounds from the gross weight of the truck making it a lot more fuel efficient and also improving its performance in acceleration, braking, taking care of and tow/haul capability state Ford officials.
Light weight aluminum (particularly these grades) will certainly be a lot more expensive and the new tooling and machines specific to light weight aluminum manufacturing will contribute to making prices-- leading most absolutely to a boost in the price of the new F-150 from present designs. Ford officials, acknowledging those elements, noted that the F-150 is an extremely higher volume product and that they anticipated manufacturing efficiencies at volume to mitigate a few of that cost.
Our assumption is that there is undoubtedly likely an increase in the market price of the new F-150 when it involves market later on this year, however provided the brand-new abilities and functions plus a significant increase in gas efficiency, any type of increase in investment price will certainly be countered by lesser operating costs.
A new purpose-built 'clever' 2.7 L EcoBoost engine with Stop-Start and other technologies has actually been created for the brand-new F-150. Paired with Ford's six-speed automatic transmission, Ford officials are seeking this drive train to deliver around 30 mpg which pushes the F-150 to means out front in gas efficiency for the sector.
The new 2.7 L EcoBoost engine is a future generation nuclear power plant which uses a lot more intelligent administration controls to check and readjust efficiency across a complete variety of driving health conditions. Performance figures for this engine are yet to be announced, but Ford officials claim it supplies energy and torque too or much better compared to a comparable tiny V8.
To make sure of the 2.7 L EcoBoost engine's power and toughness, Ford discreetly entered it in the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road nationality to examine its efficiency and resilience in the grueling 883-mile occasion. It needed simply fresh air filters en route to an effective conclusion of the occasion.
Various other available power plants will certainly consist of a new 3.5 L V6, and the existing 3.5 L EcoBoost along with an upgraded 5.0 L V8.
Several of the various other new technologies and section unique features that we think will certainly obtain the attention of pickup users, both work and play, include:.
** New 8-inch LCD efficiency screen in the instrument panel, that includes updated vehicle apps plus the ability to develop a tailored home display for customers to access their most often utilized apps in one spot-- all directly facing the driver.
** 360-degree electronic camera view, using exterior video cameras to make a bird's-eye sight of the truck to assist the vehicle driver park, maneuver in difficult situations and browse down narrow roadways and tracks-- believe the forward off-road cam on the Raptor and how it assists in 'tight' spots acquire the vehicle specifically where it should be.
** Key fob operated remote tailgate, allowing for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and launched with the fob. The tailgate also is damped, dropping down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened.
** Integrated packing ramps, which enable very easy filling of ATVs, bikes and lawn mowers-- we viewed this on the ATLAS Concept in 2012.
** High-wattage energy electrical outlets (400 watts, 110 volts) in the taxi, enabling motorists to quickly ask for corded devices, battery chargers or mobile gadgets on -website or while driving.
** LED spotlights on sideview mirrors, which give highly effective and bright lights around the truck outside.
** LED lighting embedded in the walls of the freight box, which vibrantly illuminates the box interior to aid consumers rapidly discover tools or other items.
** Rear under-seat storage space in F-150 Super and Staff taxis, providing hidden storage for prized possessions. Two storage bins likewise are situated below the back seats.
** BoxLink-- a combo of metal braces and personalized cleats utilized to safeguard a range of devices in the cargo box, from ramps to storage space bins to bed divider panels.
** LED headlamps and taillamps, which supply exceptional nighttime exposure.
** Trailer trouble help - a new rear view video camera function that includes a dynamic line based on guiding wheel angle in the screen to assist customers line up truck and trailer without needing a spotter or having to get out of the motor vehicle.
** Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new wise trailer tow wiring harness that helps recognize and educate the vehicle driver of potential trailer connection problems, burned or dark trailer pen lamps, and brake light and trailer battery mistakes.
For security and motorist ease, the new F-150 will certainly likewise feature (or have available) second-row inflatable safety belts, Contour Control to instantly provide more vigorous four-wheel stopping when the truck is going into a corner as well fast, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping System and Blind-Spot Information System with cross-traffic warning.
The brand-new F-150 will be offered in the complying with trim-levels: XL and XLT which are the workhorses of the F-150 line-up, the upscale Lariat (which we evaluated at Dallas), King Ranch (obviously) - 40 % of which are sold in Texas and the ultra-premium Platinum.
Depending upon the trim-level the new F-150 will be available in Regular, Super Cab and SuperCrew configurations.
Unofficially, we were informed to expect the Raptor to turn up with a new aluminum physical body too just before too long.
Returning to "redefining the future' of trucks - Ford is in development of their own eight-speed automatic transmission which has been a significant gas efficiency game changer for the competing Ram 1500 pick-up. We would certainly expect that Ford is targeting to include this transmission to the brand-new generation lighter and tougher F-150 as quickly as it is readily available to more boost their fuel economy numbers for this vehicle.
We will certainly provide updates on the brand-new Ford F-150 as it moves into production and then the market featuring our first drive perceptions.