Bloomberg has found out from sources close to Ford that the 2015 F-150 will be shown in production guise next month at NAIAS in Detroit.

Bloomberg has found out from sources close to Ford that the 2015 F-150 will be shown in production guise next month at NAIAS in Detroit.

Despite rumors of postponing the vehicle's launch due to a shortage of aluminum body panels, Ford is expected to showcase the all-new F-150 in Detroit which will be up to 750 lbs (340 kg) lighter than the outgoing model.

It is believed it will receive an Atlas concept-inspired design and will be powered by a newly developed 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Chances are some hybrid technology will also be available to enable Ford meet more stringent fuel economy standards in United States.

Reports are suggesting Ford has already started to make prototypes and will initiate production for 2015MY in the second half of next year. IHS Automotive says Ford will have to put in a lot of work at the assembly lines where the F-150 will be produced. This is due to the switch to aluminum which will require approximately six weeks of downtime at the factories where the vehicle will be made in order to get the facilities ready to commence production.

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