2015 Ford F150, Super Duty
2015 Ford F-150
Ford has officially released all details on the 2015 F-150. Here's a quick run down of the details on the all-new 2015 F150:
- New 2.7L EcoBoost engine uses compacted graphite iron block
- The 2.7L engine joins the 3.5L, 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 lineup
- High-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy used in the bed & body
- 2015 F150 weighs 700 lbs less than previous model
- Frame is fully boxed and made of high-strength steel
- Auto start/stop technology on 2.7L EcoBoost equipped trucks
- LED headlamps & tail lamps
- 360 degree camera system
- Integrated towing ramps
- Remote tailgate (lock/unlock/release)
- LED on tailgate handle
- 400 watt 110 volt power outlets in the cab
- LED spotlights on side view mirrors
- Tailgate step now virtually hidden when not in use
- LED lighting in the box
- Rear under seat storage in SuperCab & SuperCrew cabs
- Second-row inflatable safety belts (we've seen this appear before on other Ford products)
- Curve Control - helps you keep control of driving into a curve too fast
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-Keep Assist
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
- EcoBoost trucks get standard Active Grille Shutters
- Variable displacement oil pump on 2.7L EcoBoost for fuel efficiency
- New TruckApps in in-dash 8" productivity screen
- Active Grille Shutters on EcoBoost equipped trucks
- One transmission for all F-150s, a six-speed automatic
- 2.7L engine gets top-mounted cartridge style oil filter for easier maintenance
2015 F-150 Platinum (Rear)
Well first off, the biggest thing to mention is the extensive use of aluminum in the body of the new F-150. The bed is aluminum-alloy, so is the cab. In fact, the only thing in the body that isn't aluminum-alloy is the firewall. Apparently the firewall still needs to be steel for sound reduction. Now, don't start thinking pop cans here, this stuff is aircraft grade aluminum. So obviously this has a huge impact on the overall weight of the truck, and the fuel economy.
The switch to aluminum translates into about 700 pounds less weight per truck. Obviously different cab and box configurations will have different weight saving amounts. The other benefit we haven't seen mentioned yet is how great this news is for those living in the rust belt or in areas where salt is applied to the roads in the winter. Rusty trucks that look like swiss cheese will be a thing of the past. Ford says the new aluminum panels will resist dents similar to current steel panels, and repair costs will be comparable to steel bodied vehicles.
Ford has had the best selling vehicle for decades. In Canada, the F-Series has been the #1 selling vehicle for 47 years straight. We don't expect that to change after seeing the new 2015 F-150.
2015 F-150 Interior
Of course we have to mention the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine. Ford tested this in the grueling Baja 1000 race held in Mexico. They disguised the race truck as a 2014 F-150 even though it actually was a 2015 model. Ford also dropped the 6.2L V8 for 2015, so now out of the four available engine choices, only one is a traditional V8 engine. Clearly the market is moving toward more fuel efficient engines and technologies. 2.7L EcoBoost equipped trucks are said to be a good choice for owners that don't need to tow over 8,000 pounds. The previous base 3.7L V6 engine that was offered is now a base 3.5L V6 (naturally aspirated). Ford has not released horsepower and fuel economy numbers for any of the engine choices at time of writing.
2015 F150 Tailgate
There are noticeable changes for the tailgate on the new F-150. It now has a deeper lip at the top that serves a few purposes. Mainly it provides better aerodynamics, but it also helps hide a new tailgate step. The new tailgate step comes out in one motion using only one hand, and when it's closed up, it is no longer bulky, it's nearly unnoticeable. The tailgate also features a power locking mechanism (lock/unlock), as well as remote release (opening) from the remote key fob (an industry first). A new dampening system means it lowers smoothly and on it's own. You still need to manually close it though. Another thing to note on the tailgate is an available LED mounted in the handle.
Inside the box, there is a new BoxLink system which helps with securing cargo. Also LED lights are available for illumination, and cargo ramps are available.
LED lights are available pretty much everywhere in the new F-150. Higher end trucks can get available LED headlights. Other LED lights include: tail lamps, box cargo lamps, exterior mirror side illumination, and one on the tailgate, as mentioned.
A new 360 degree camera system uses 4 cameras (one in the grille, one in the rear, and two on the exterior mirrors) gives you an unbeatable view around your truck.
2015 F150 Paint Color Choices
For 2015, the available colors include White Platinum Tri-Coat, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, Race Red, Ruby Red, Blue Jeans, Blue Flame, Green Gem, Caribou, Guard, and Bronze Fire. There are some different names there (Caribou?), so we can't wait to see all the colors in person.
Additional 2015 F150 Photos
2015 F150 Rear Cargo Ramps
2015 F-150 Fender Badge Emblem
The all-new F-150 will be available in the fall of 2014. No word yet on the Raptor at time of writing.
2015 F150 Trim Levels
For 2015, the F-150 will be available in the following trim levels (information taken from Ford Motor Company press release):
- XL: is available in 12 cab/box/drive configurations from a 4x2 Regular Cab with an 8 ft box to the SuperCrew 4x4 with a 6.5 ft box. New engines for the XL are the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop and 3.5-liter V6 with flex-fuel capability. The 3.5L EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 engines are available as well. New interior features include a 2.3" message center in the instrument panel and a 4.2" audio and climate control screen in the center stack. A cloth 40/20/40 split-bench front seat is standard. Customers can choose between chrome, sport and FX4 off-road packages. A variety of trailer tow packages are available as well.
- XLT: shares available configurations and powertrains with XL while adding chrome bumpers and grille, and 17" machined aluminum wheels. XLT customers also receive SYNC® AppLink,which provides voice-activated communication and entertainment including control of some smartphone applications. Available features include trailer hitch assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and inflatable rear safety belts.
- Lariat: Depending on cab/box/drive configuration, either the all-new 2.7L EcoBoost engine or 5.0L V8 is standard along with 18" machined-aluminum wheels. Pickup box LED lighting and rear backup camera with trailer hitch assist add to the list of convenience features. SYNC with MyFord Touch® and an all-new 8" customizable productivity screen are part of the many available technologies.
- King Ranch: The exterior features front and rear chrome bumpers, a unique chrome grille with accent- color mesh insert, running boards and two-tone paint. High-intensity LED puddle lamps and exterior LED spotlights are integrated into the outside mirrors while the all -new remote tailgate release is another industry first. King Ranch-specific leather trims the front and rear seats; the front seats are heated and cooled, the rear seats are heated. King Ranch also features a heated steering wheel. The entertainment system includes a Sony® 10-speaker system with HD RadioTM. The 5.0-liter V8 with flex-fuel capability is the standard engine.
- Platinum: Offered only in a SuperCrew cab, Platinum is powered by a 5.0 -liter V8 with flex-fuel capability. Bright body-side moldings and a satin finish grille complement chrome front and rear bumpers. The Platinum rolls on 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and features power-deployable running boards, high-intensity LED headlamps and taillamps. Genuine wood accents highlight the interior along with leather seating, unique multi -contour front bucket seats, a unique instrument cluster face and Sony sound system with subwoofer.
2015 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450
The 2015 Ford Super Duty truck line was unveiled at the Texas State Fair in September 2013.
One of the biggest reasons people have for investing in a Super Duty F-Series is the powerful diesel engine that gets the job done. For 2015, engineers improved just that by replacing the GT32 turbocharger on the 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke diesel engine with an larger GT37. They also redesigned the airflow of the engine to make the exhaust’s trip to the turbocharger shorter, which results in more responsive torque. The turbocharger is actually nestled in the valley of the V, reducing noise and vibration while improving efficiency and durability by keeping the hottest parts of the engine contained.
The end result of all the reconfiguring? More horsepower and torque, according to Ford, for a vehicle that already tops 400 hp and 800 lb-ft.
Ford also improved the fuel system, adding a high-pressure fuel pump and injectors to deliver more fuel for increased power when you need it. Ford also improved efficiency, though, so the Super Duty should retain its status as having the best fuel economy in its class.
Speaking of the Super Duty’s class, there are a few changes for the competition, too. For the first time, a Cummins diesel will be used in a Nissan Titan rather than a Ram truck. Chrysler decided to go with an EcoDiesel engine from VM Motor, which is partially owned by Fiat, according to Autoblog.
Based on the information we have so far from Ford, most of the changes to the Super Duty for the 2015 model year will be under the hood, leaving the styling of the previous year in place.
2015 F-Series Super Duty King Ranch Edition
The F-Series design team traveled to King Ranch in Texas to update this luxury edition of the F-Series Super Duty. The working ranch’s Running W brand, which is used to define and unify the 825,000 acre ranch, is cut out and stitched into the seat backs and center console, which makes them seem to have been branded. In addition to exclusive interior and exterior colors, the Running W can be seen on the wheel caps, too. The F-Series Super Duty King Ranch Edition uses the brand logo to signify both the toughness and the luxury that the truck and the ranch share.
2015 F-450 Super Duty
The top of the F-Series line has a stronger frame and suspension than previous models, as well as commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires.
In particular, the 2015 F-450 will see improved towing capabilities, thanks to upgraded rear driveline U-joints, new rear leaf springs, and front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks. There’s also increased capacity for fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer towing, larger brakes, and stronger steering gears and linkages.