Aluminum-sided F150 is competitive despite lower weight: Ford
The latest version of the automaker's popular pick up weighs 732 pounds less than its steel-bodied predecessor.
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford says its aluminum-sided F-150 pickup will hold its own against rivals despite its lighter weight.
The company revealed details of the new truck last week. The 2015 F-150 4×4 goes on sale this fall and is 732 pounds lighter than the outgoing model thanks to an all-aluminum body.
Ford’s base truck with a 3.5-litre V6 engine will get 283 horsepower, similar to a Chevrolet Silverado but lower than a Ram. But Ford says its 7,600 pounds of towing capacity will top both rivals.
An F-150 with Ford’s new 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 engine will get 325 horsepower – more than a Ram EcoDiesel – and can tow 8,400 pounds. The company expects half of its buyers to choose one of its two fuel-saving EcoBoost engines.
The automaker says it will release fuel economy and pricing later this year.
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