Ford shows new 2015 F-150 pick-up at Detroit 2014

13 Jan, 2014 4:30pm Steve Walker

The new 2015 Ford F-150 truck takes a bow at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show

The latest incarnation of Ford’s iconic F-150 pick-up truck has been unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show.

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.

In the engine bay there’s now a turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 that uses the same Ecoboost petrol engine technology found in smaller Ford models like the Fiesta and Focus.

• Live: Detroit Motor Show 2014 

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.

Ford F150 Detroit interior

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. 

Live: Detroit Motor Show 2014 

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F-150 700 lbs weight savings are absolutely massive with the use of aluminium in lots of places, this will improve MPG by 8 MPG which is a massive improvement nearly 1/3 more fuel efficient as these trucks guzzle gas..

GM's new Silverado that has now just been launched, a stillborn duff truck, sales/market share will plummet once this F-150 hits the road.

I bet there will GM engineers swarming all over this Ford truck with magnets at the 2014 Motor City Auto Show.

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