The worst keep secret in Detroit is finally official as Ford has unveiled the 2015 F-150.
Set to debut at the North American International Auto Show later today, the truck is described as the "toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever."
Previewed by the Atlas concept, the production model has an evolutionary design that draws styling cues from 2015 F-Series Super Duty. As a result, the F-150 has an upright front fascia with prominent grille that is flanked by distinctive headlights. Moving further back, we have see a stylish green house, rounded fender flares and a tailgate with an integrated spoiler.
The cabin is instantly recognizable but adopts higher quality materials and new technologies. Ford declined to go into specifics but confirmed the truck can be equipped with SYNC, MyFord Touch and an 8-inch "productivity screen" in the instrument cluster. Other highlights include a rear view camera, trailer brake controller, a 360-degree camera system and high-wattage power outlets.
Speaking of features, the F-150 comes loaded with goodies including a bed with integrated loading ramps and a "smart trailer tow module" which can "inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues including burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults."
The truck also offers trailer hitch assist, LED bed lights, a remote tailgate (which allows the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob) and a BoxLink system which has metal brackets and custom cleats for securing cargo.
The biggest changes are underneath as the 2015 F-150 has a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel that makes it "stronger and lighter" than its predecessor. The model also uses a number of aluminum components which enables it to weigh up to 700 lbs (317 kg) less than its predecessor.
Ford way coy on performance specifications but confirmed the truck will be available with four different engines including a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. Despite keeping details a closely guarded secret, Ford said the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 will have start/stop technology and the "same power as some mid-range V8s."
The 2015 F-150 will go on sale later this year and be available in five "primary trims" including XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. The truck will also offer a chrome appearance package, a sport appearance package and an FX4 off-road package.
Check out the press release for additional information