Posted Jul 24th 2014 2:59PM
Aluminum Yields Weight Drop To Around 1,995 kilograms (4,400 Pounds)
Our new man Greg Migliore is in attendance at a Ford media event at the Blue Oval's Dearborn, MI headquarters today, and he's reported in with a handful of the 2015 F-150 stats that we've been dying to know. Ford is slow-playing the news release here, but we can still offer up some interesting output and performance figures after half-year of waiting.
We have all be quite aware that Ford's shift to aluminum construction would save a lot of weight for F-150 models, and the results we're hearing now are duly impressive. For instance: in Super Crew trim, a 2015 F-150 is a whopping 332 kilos (732 pounds) lighter than was its closest 2014-model-year equivalent. That's like hauling three middle-aged dudes to your bowling alley's league night for free. Polish your balls, guys.
Ford isn't willing to offer up any actual curb weights just yet, but if we take that 332-kilo (732-pound) loss and extrapolate with the 2,326-kilogram (5,128-pound) curb weight of the 2014 F-150 Super Crew with the 3.7-litre V6, we can guesstimate that 2015 models will measure out in the 1,995-kilo (4,400-pound) range. That's impressive.
We also learned just a bit about the new additions to the engine range. The base engine in the F-150 comes in the form of a naturally aspirated, 3.5-litre V6. That mill may be the little brother of the crew, but it still makes 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, giving the 4x2 pickup the a maximum payload of 866 kilograms (1,910 pounds) and a tow rating of 3,447 kilograms (7,600 pounds).
Stepping up one rung on the ladder is the hotly anticipated 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6, turbocharged to the tune of 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. In 4x2 guise, that blown mill allows for maximum payload and towing ratings of 1,020 and 3,855 kilograms (2,250 and 8,500 pounds), respectively.
We're obviously still excited to learn actual L/100 km ratings and curb weights for the Ford haulers, but in the meantime, you can scroll below to check out the official press release and an official video of the Blue Oval boys putting the EcoBoost F-150 through its towing paces at the Davis Dam in Arizona.