Ford to Tease 2015 F-150 at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Just How Much of the Truck Will be Shown Unknown
The sheets just came off 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and Ford is already planning its counter-attack. Reuters is reporting that Ford plans to offer a sneak peek at the upcoming 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next month, well ahead of the planned fall 2014 launch. 2015 will mark six years since a full redesign of the current model, which debuted in 2009, and received an extensive refresh consisting of all-new engines in 2011.
It's not known just how much of the 2015 F-150 will be shown at Detroit. One possibility is a "concept" similar to the recent Honda Civic Concept and Honda Accord Coupe Concept, which were essentially the production models but with some conceptual bits attached.
The area in the half-ton segment that has become the main focus lately is fuel economy, with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed automatic -equipped 2013 Ram 1500 achieving 25 mpg highway. The most-efficient F-150 equipped with the base 3.7-liter V-6 can get up to 23 mpg highway. Ford has reportedly set an ambitious 15 to 20-percent fuel economy improvement target for the next-generation F-150, which will be achieved with extensive use of aluminum, and a new generation of V-6 engines, reportedly dubbed the "Nano" family, in the 2.7 to 2.9-liter displacement range. Like Land Rover achieved with the 2013 Range Rover, Ford is reportedly aiming to make the next-generation trucks up to 700 lb lighter.