A new battle is brewing among fullsize pickup trucks. On top of boasting horsepower or towing capacity figures, it seems the next generation of pickup trucks will also be getting pretty serious about fuel economy. With General Motors and Ram recently unveiling their latest pickups, Automotive News is reporting that Ford is working on the next-generation F-150, which is expected to include a lighter curb weight and higher fuel economy.

Reports of Ford cutting weight and using aluminum to do so on the next F-150 aren't new, but the AN article is finally putting a possible target fuel economy to go along with the expected 700- to 750-pound weight reduction. Currently, the F-150 with EcoBoost delivers the best highway mileage of up to 23 miles per gallon, which is off the pace of the 2013 Ram 1500 that stands as the fuel economy leader (for now) with up to 25 mpg on the highway. But Ford may be looking at a three-mpg gain on its new truck; official EPA ratings for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra have not been released yet.

The article also mentions small-displacement (2.9 liters) engines and a shared Toyota hybrid technology, but it isn't clear if either would be used in the 2016 F-150. Until then, AN says that Ford is planning to bring an eight-speed automatic to its fullsize truck within the next couple of year.


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      Cavey
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has always been a segment that has been truly completive. Healthy competition ensures that we get real difficult choices when we decide to buy a truck and that is a great thing.
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the Ranger. - F100 whatever you want to call it. Put a standard V6 engine in there 3.5 liter. 19/25 Smaller Diesel 3.0? 175hp / 300torque. 25/34 Then have an SVT Version with the Ecoboost V6. 17/23 The make a Raptor F100 (Ranger) 420hp V8 :) 16/20 I'd be a buyer for the diesel or the SVT version. People buy large pickups because the damn pricing is so close to the smaller ones. It's been a while - but last time I priced a Frontier and a Titan it was basically the same (within $500).
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The half ton truck is bigger now than it was 20 years ago. I`m all for a mid size truck that gets better mileage than a half ton truck. Half ton trucks are the new 3/4 tons. Build us a nice mid size truck with a 28 MPG rating. Something that can haul 800lbs and tow 4500 lbs. All I need a truck for most of the time is to pull a 18ft aluminum boat to the launch. The half tons far exceed the need.
      DraGuLa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't be fooled by this "news". There is nothing Ford covets more than their trucks. If they say 3mpg publicly, they are probably shooting for 6mpg internally. They will not let GM or Ram outdo them in the truck arena. They will spend as much as they need to to maintain superiority (Ram's V6 with higher mpg is more about the trans than the engine). I have a feeling they'll be announcing something big close to time GM comes out with their powertrain numbers.
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, but the 23 MPG hwy mark in Ford trucks comes from the 3.7 not the Ecoboost.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford has nothing to worry about when it comes down to the new GM trucks.
        whofan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        +1 The desigers from the old Hummer brand are working in GMs truck division now by the looks of the new 2014 truck. It`s an aquired taste I guess but doesn`t look good to me. I always loved the GM drivetrain. The style has gone off the rails
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Matt Quinn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make a ranger with a 2.5-3.0 ecoboost or powerstroke v6, and some decent load bearing suspension with travel roughly the size of a tacoma, and it would outsell just about everything in the market.
      CB
      • 2 Years Ago
      700-750 lbs weight loss! That thing will be quick. I hope all that aluminum doesn't inflate the price too much. Trucks are already expensive these days.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford and GM have some nice trucks for sure, I would love to have one but its just not practical (for me). 99% of the folks who drive them basically haul a laptop and a few pens to work...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        LOL 30 mpg highway. Absolutely IMPOSSIBLE unless a diesel 4 banger is put into production.
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          Possible maybe with the 5 banger diesel that will be in the Transit van next year?
          XJ Yamaha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          Really? Impossible? No, putting a man on the moon is impossible....oh wait....
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        I do love me some Ford but a 7mpg jump? I doubt it.
      Jon Bowen
      • 2 Years Ago
      the ford that gets 23 mpg has 420 ft lbs of torque and can tow a crap ton. the dodge that gets 25 is garbage
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