The all-new Ford F-150 trades a traditional steel body for military-grade aluminum, shedding 700 pounds in the process. Gone are most of its V-8 engines for turbocharged V-6s and Ford claims this truck is its most capable ever.
“Aluminum can be a difficult metal to work with, which could make the 2015 Ford F-150 more expensive to repair than some of its rivals,” said Jeff Schroeder, Mercury Insurance senior product manager. “While it will undoubtedly get better gas mileage than its predecessor and competitors, I think it could also cost more to insure because repairs will be more expensive if you get into an accident. Check with your Mercury Insurance agent to see how a vehicle made of a non-traditional material like aluminum could affect your premium.”
Ford has partnered with I-CAR, which certifies auto body training, to enroll workers from more than 850 dealerships to learn how to fix the new trucks. The F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the world for decades, so technicians will quickly be brought up to speed on how to work with today’s new materials.
Ford has gone to great lengths to tout the F-150’s increased towing and payload capabilities and fuel economy. It has even added active grille shutters that close to help make it more aerodynamic, which will decrease cabin noise and increase fuel-efficiency. Ford is expected to release numbers soon, and it’s expected that highway fuel economy could be nearly 30 mpg – amazing for such a large vehicle.
There are endless combinations of bed and cab lengths available in addition to a standard V-6, a choice of two turbocharged V-6s or a V-8 engine. F-150s will be available in XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch trim levels – basic work trucks all the way up to a luxury ride. Included in top-spec models are active cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats, LED headlights and 360-degree cameras. That should make for one posh truck, indeed.
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Jacob Brown covers the automotive industry and has written for Motor Trend, Automotive.com and Automobile Magazine. When asked about how many cars he’s driven, he says that he lost count somewhere in the hundreds