2015 Ford F-150 stronger than ever before
The new 2015 Ford F-150 takes tough to a whole new level. The new truck’s improved performance is enabled by reducing up to 700 pounds of weight through the use of high-strength steel in the frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body.
Regardless of model configuration or engine choice, every truck customer benefits from up to 700 pounds of weight savings the new truck delivers. The all-new F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds and is projected to have fuel economy ratings in the range of at least five percent and as much as 20 percent better gas mileage than today’s truck, depending on the model. Plus, it accelerates, brakes and resists corrosion like never before.
The new, fully-boxed high-strength steel frame is stronger and more rigid than ever with eight cross sections. Roll forming allows Ford to tailor the gauge of the steel in specific sections of the frame in order to maximize strength as necessary.
Ford decided to use high-strength military grade aluminum alloy for the body because they set out to make the toughest, smartest, safest Ford F150 to date. Through years of innovation and refinement, Ford’s engineers devised a way to join its high-strength steel frame together with its all new body and bed which are constructed using high-strength military grade aluminum alloys. As demonstrated for decades in other transport such as heavy trucks and aircraft and high-strength aluminum is durable and strong.
In addition, Ford standardized the chemistry of the aluminum alloy used in the construction of the 2015 F-150 body and bed to facilitate recycling. The aluminum scrap can be reclaimed and sent back into the manufacturing process to minimize waste.
The new F-150 has been torture-tested for more than 10 million miles in a range of temperatures and terrain – in labs, at Ford proving grounds, in the hands of some of the most demanding truck customers and even in the grueling Baja 1000 off-road race. Ford engineers put the new 2015 F-150 through a series of rigorous tests to prove it lives up to the Built Ford Tough legacy.