The new F-150 swaps steel for aluminium in a bid to save weight and boost efficiency. Its doors, bonnet, engine bay, load bed and tailgate are all made from aluminium shaving over 300kg from the overall weight of this substantial vehicle.
That’s the least potent of the F-150’s engines because pick-up buyers can also choose the 3.5-litre Ecoboost that will produce around 370bhp in its latest updated guise.
Other upgrades to the new 2015 Ford F-150 include LED lights, damped tailgate hinges and spotlights mounted on the mirrors that can be adjusted to illuminate the truck’s surroundings.
To help with the formidable task of manoeuvring the F-150 there’s a 360 degree proximity display that can be called up on the dash, blind spot monitoring and forward collision alert.
On the SuperCab model there’s no B-pillar and the rear suicide doors open 170 degrees to aid access to the rear seats.
The F-150 isn’t a huge truck by US standards but it dwarfs UK market pick-ups and it won’t be coming to these shores through official Ford channels.