When it came to reducing the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150, it was the little things that added up.
Ford engineers responsible for the all-new F-150 were tasked with taking weight out of the truck while improving its capability to accomplish all of the work owners expect of the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever, said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
While many already know that the increased use of high-strength steel throughout the frame and the firstin class military-grade, aluminum-alloy body led to approximately 450 pounds of weight savings, there’s more to the story, as engineers took approximately 250 pounds of additional weight from seats, bumpers and lots of other places.
“When you lightweight the frame, you can also lightweight other parts that support the frame,” Levine said. “The trick is to find out what parts you want to lightweight and what parts you want to keep the same to maintain performance. For example, we kept the axle the same – 9 3/4 inches – because we didn’t want to lose any towing capacity.”
Towing, Levine said, along with hauling capacity is very important to truck buyers, and Ford didn’t want to sacrifice any of that to lose weight from the new F-150.
Every pound shaved from a variety of components returns capability back to the customer, so that the all-new F-150 can achieve its best-in-class payload of 3,300 pounds – when properly equipped with 5.0-liter V8, 4×2 – and best-in-class towing of 12,200 pounds, when properly equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 4×2. F- 150 also offers a best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy rating.
Drivers have been commenting on how much faster the new F-150 accelerates, how it stops easier and how better it maneuvers, Levine said. Drivers have also noticed the new F-150s better fuel efficiency as well.
“All this is reflected in our sales,” Levine said. “The average time a new F-150 stays on the lot is 18 days, which is four times shorter than the average heavy-duty truck.”
Demand for the all new 2015 F-150 is so great, Levine said, that in a couple of cases in Texas people have noticed transports hauling F-150s and have followed that transport to the dealership and offered to buy one of the trucks even before it was unloaded.
“That’s very good news,” Levine said. “Texas is our biggest truck market. One in five trucks we sell are sold in that state.”
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