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2015 Ford F-150 gunning to be the lightest, most efficient full-size pickup - report

 2015 Ford F-150 gunning to be the lightest, most efficient full-size pickup - report
2013 Ford F-150 04.6.2012

Could feature new engines and aluminum bodywork

We've already heard rumors that the 2015 Ford F-150 will be designed with fuel efficiency in mind, but new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming model.

As part of a $2 (€1.5 / £1.2) billion overhaul, the truck is expected to offer best-in-class fuel efficiency. Sources are indicating the model could weigh as much as 750 lbs (340 kg) less than its predecessor thanks to lightweight chassis components and the extensive use of aluminum in the truck's doors, fenders and tailgate.

Besides going on a diet, the truck is slated to feature a new generation of engines that are reportedly being developed under the Nano codename. Details are fairly light at the moment, but we can expect a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine which will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

These changes are expected to increase the truck's fuel efficiency by 15-20 percent which would equate to a gain of roughly 3 mpg US.

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techie69
Well Ford gunning for that is easier than gunning for reliability and lowest cost of ownership. Of course the eco-boost injector nozzles is borrowed tech but they didn't do their homework to properly test the engine not to mention study for any flaws, see issues on it: 1.http://www.autospies.com/news/EcoBoost-F150-Owners-Experiencing-Engine-Problems-Shudder-Stalling-and-Loss-of-Power-73001/ 2.http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f57/ecoboost-engine-flaw-74380/ 3.http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=29657
Dec 17, 2012 9:09 am
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eddie
Ford has really been doing great and leaving Chevy in the dust. Chevy seems more interested in making high horsepower cars and not doing much for the rest of their line. They just have been too long in the rental car business where everything they made was purchased and so they stayed with low tech for too long.
Dec 15, 2012 12:58 pm
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djcocum
I agree. I also think that GM should invest on diesel technology rather than on hybrid or electric powerplants.
Dec 17, 2012 7:10 am
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MutantSushi
GM has diesel technology. they sell more economic vehicle in other markets than the US. even in mexico they offer light trucks like haven't been seen in the US since the late 90's.
Dec 17, 2012 8:07 am
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