With the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra all getting major upgrades recently, there has also been plenty of speculation how Ford will respond as it looks to maintain its title as America's best-selling truck. Last week, Automotive News reported that Ford is looking to make a significant fuel economy gain with its 2015 F-150, and now Reuters is saying that the automaker will be offering some sort of peek at the new truck at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

The report seems to indicate that Ford might have a concept vehicle on display at the show, but when Autoblog reached out to the Blue Oval for comment, Mike Levine, Ford's truck communications manager, told us "we're highlighting our all-new global lineup of commercial vehicles at NAIAS, including the Transit and Transit Connect vans. We have no other news to announce at this time."

Thus, Ford could be showing absolutely nothing related to its F-Series future, or it might clandestinely slip something onto its display – a rendering, perhaps, a cutaway vehicle, a technology display, a concept, or perhaps a full-blown production vehicle, although the latter strikes us as highly unlikely given how far away the new production model actually figures to be.

All reports do seem to point to the fact that the next F-150, which could debut in late 2014 for the 2015 model year, will feature extensive use of aluminum body panels to help shave more than 700 pounds from its curb weight in order to help improve fuel economy by as much as 20 percent.


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      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the frames bend after they remove 700lbs will they still say the off-roaders are doing it wrong? One of the reasons trucks last so long tends to be the fact that they're overbuilt...... I wonder what this change will do to reliability now that it's basically a light-car in truck disguise? They might as well go all the way and make it Unibody ;)
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Reading comprehension is not your strong suit is it?
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Being on topic isn't his strong suit. I'm surprised he didn't complain about Ford not offering AWD and a 2.0L I4 Turbo that can be tuned to 400hp and get 32 MPG highway...
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        they are overbuilt, but in the hands of morons...ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE if limits are exceeded....
        Graham Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        extensive use of aluminum "body panels" not the frame!
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Graham Smith
          we dont even know that yet either Graham....although an Aluminum frame could be REALLY exopensive....
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Ford produced "Unibody" pickups on the order of 50 years ago. Not unit-bodied, mind you...
        Christopher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What the hell are YOU talking about?!
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I worry about Ford, now instead of building better cars, they are trying to distract from GM product launches, with F150 future product news articles, and they tried to do the same with the 600 plus motor on their GT500, when the ZL1 was launching. Unfortunately for them, Chevrolet had taken the time to engineer a better car. I hope this is not another case of Ford trying to engineer by press release., or the MKZ disaster that is on their hand which was trying to rain on Cadillac’s ATS party.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        So you're blaming Ford's better marketing for the reason why GM is losing market share to Ford? Maybe you should look to the 3/4 of GM's product portfolio that straight up sucks right now (and/or GM's terrible marketing people). Also, the GT500 is a better car for its purpose (being an all-out power machine). The ZL-1 is basically a Boss 302 with a bigger engine. Also, the MKZ is in no way trying to steal any steam from anyone. Lincoln is trying their best to get on their feet with what little they are being provided. They finally have a seperate design studio and engineering lab and are trying to mark a fresh start. A competitive Lincoln lineup will be a reason for Cadillac to become even better.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        You really have no clue what you are talking about.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have the fixed frame twist in the super duty yet?
        Sheldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        They haven't fixed any of my obscure make-believe issues either, but I'll make sure to bring it up when ever I can to feel better about myself.
          mbukukanyau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sheldon
          My boss Super Duty suffered that ‘make believe’ twist out on his farm in Fresno.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        what a bunch of BS, if, SOMEHOW, SOMEONE bent a Superduty frame I would have to say look in the mirror and THERES the culprit....to exceed the tensile strength of THAT monster is idiocy and ignorance personified.
      Martin Edmonds
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shouldn't they worry about making Lincoln a true competitior/not send MKZ's to journalist with non optional tires first?
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Martin Edmonds
        Why should the folks in the truck division be worried about the MKZ? It's not like Ford only has a few engineers and they have to choose between working on the F-series (which is the company's lifeblood) and on Lincoln, which has much less impact on the company's bottom line. They can do both, once the figure out what they really want Lincoln to actually be...
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      THAT could be a nail in the coffin for those ol' Shitty..I mean Chevy boys.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the same ford trying to cheat on the journalists by fitting Ferrari tires on their MKZ, and getting caught for it. http://www.edmunds.com/lincoln/mkz/2013/road-test.html
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey AB, the massive weight reduction rumor was stamped out by Ford themselves. How many times are you going to keep reporting this? Check pickuptrucks.com , where Ford confirmed that making a work truck largely from aluminum is probably not a smart idea.
      mkenjalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would Ford need to upgrade? It just upgraded the F-150 for 2013! All Dodge (Ram) and GM did at the moment was merely catch up to the 2013 F-150. The playing field's still pretty level, no need to overreact.
        ICantDrive88
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mkenjalo
        Since it's not really been all-new since 2003 I'd say it's about damn time for a new one!
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mkenjalo
        CAFE standards in 2016. They need to improve fuel economy by then to avoid being sanctioned.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something else recently lost 700 Pounds through the extensive use of aluminium. A certain 2013 Range Rover Sport. Perhaps this is where the know-how is being derived?
        Rexxer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brodz
        If you mean that Range Rover stole the "know-how" from Ford.. then yo are probably right.
          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rexxer
          No I'm not saying that. I'm saying that Ford and JLR still collaborate in technology and research ventures.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      One word! Raptor
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford should sit tight for now. The current Ford is a nice truck they should not show the 2015 yet as to let it get stale before launch. GM has technically a nice truck also, but the styling is an acquired taste to put it mildly. If Ford would bring over their world truck,( the Ranger) and brand it the F100 that would really be something. I think gas could very well be over $5.00 a gallon five years from now. I don`t want to replace my reasonable 2001 half ton with one of todays huge half tons with five years of payments. He who has a nice fuel efficent midsize truck wins, the next truck I buy. Even if I have to buy a foreign brand. I hope the new GM Colorado and Cannons are nice The new full size GM truck is nothing for Ford or Dodge to worry about assuming people have decent taste.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      My guess is their 5-cylinder diesel that goes into the Transit van will be a base diesel for the F-150. That might be what they alluded to.
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