Despite having to share Ford's Detroit Auto Show stand with the hot new 2015 Mustang, the brand-new F-150 was arguably an even more important debut. Why? Ford moved some 700,000 examples of its F-Series truck in 2012, making it not only the best-selling pickup truck, but the top-selling vehicle in the US, by a long-shot.

The 2015 F-150 raises the bar for pickup trucks in a big way, with big-time use of aluminum. Because of this, roughly 700 pounds have been removed from the truck's overall weight, making it even more efficient than before, while still offering all of the capability that pickup owners expect. And with a host of engines under the hood, including a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the 2015 F-150 will surely offer something for everyone.

During the Detroit Auto Show, west coast editor Michael Harley took a closer look at the new F-150, talking to some of the truck's engineers. Have a look at the full video, below.
2015 Ford F-150: 2014 NAIAS


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      Saddleman Seat Cover
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ford is taking a big risk. F-Series trucks include the F-150 and heavier duty models like the F-250 have been the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. for the last 32 years because its Heavier but now 700 pounds have been removed from the truck's overall weight. Let see Truck Buyers will accept this change or not!
      H2H
      • 11 Months Ago
      My biggest question is how soon the all aluminum body will extend to the Expedition. If it's within the next couple of years, I'll upgrade my current Expedition as soon as I can get it.
      F150Soul
      • 11 Months Ago
      If anyone says this truck not only changes the truck market but rewrites the book on full size trucks is just a plain ole hater. Gents this is how you redesign a truck.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 11 Months Ago
      the face is ugly... not a fan of that
      hedgeman1
      • 11 Months Ago
      Gonna suck when water gets between the paint and the aluminum!
        m_2012
        • 11 Months Ago
        @hedgeman1
        That makes no sense. Its not good with any other material and paint.
        Greg Aryous
        • 11 Months Ago
        @hedgeman1
        Why so negative... Maybe You Suck!
        Bernie Kressner
        • 11 Months Ago
        @hedgeman1
        hedgeman1 - - - Please explain why paint-on-aluminum is worse than paint-on-steel. Both systems use primers, and the aluminum is high-quality air-craft grade that has allowed paint to decorate airplanes for decades. Is the there something else we should know? Thanks. --------------------
      Christopher
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is how you launch a new product. Make it outperform, look better/different and make the competition look dated. This new F-150 is not only evolutionary of the Ford truck, however revolutionary of full size trucks all together. The brand new GM offerings are just plain silly. They don\'t even look better or even have the appeal of the current F-150. They made better versions of what they had.
        mylexicon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        F-150 is a suburbanite show truck. If you need to do work, you buy a GM/Ram half-ton or a Ford Super Duty.
          Jeremy
          • 11 Months Ago
          @mylexicon
          That the thing with the F-150 you can spec the truck however you want/need . You can get a cheap truck with the biggest most powerful motor in it for work or build it to be a luxury mobile to tow your expensive toys or go camping . I tried to spec a new silverado with that amazing power house 6.2 but you have to get at least a double cab and you need to select LTZ trim $41k . That sounds more like a suburbnite truck to me . The ford you can get a regular cab with the ecoboost for $32K or a supercab with 6.2v8 for $37k.
        Harry & Fran
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        TRUE !! The World's Best Selling, Most popular, Toughest, and BEST truck--the American Leader-the FORD F-150 just blew the other truck "pretenders" further into the Dark Ages with the revolutionary, new FORD F-150!! Let the pretenders play catch up and their Koolade Drinking Minions whine and belly ache over Progress and the future of full sized trucks ! Ford F-Series 2013 sales =763,402 --NUMBER ONE SELLING Truck on the Planet for 37 straight years--Government Motors chev=480,414 total 2013 sales. America's Ford beat chev's Recall fire Prone full size truck line by a whopping 282,988 units!! Even adding the ugly ,generic Got Mechanic Coming=GMC Twin (184,389 total sales) to the archaic looking chev at 573,803 total for the Gm ugly "twins" the RESULT: American's FORD F-SERIES kicks Government Motors Butt to the tune of 189,599 more Fords sold to Proud Ford Buyers! DRIVE ONE --the cutting edge ,awesome, all-new Ford F-150 will earn more new customers and put more sales distance between the other truck followers!!
      EJ
      • 11 Months Ago
      700 lbs is a significant amount.
        That Guy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EJ
        No its not. It's a drop in the bucket
          vulnox
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          Yes, it is a drop in the bucket if the bucket had about 7 other drops in it. You have used that term something like six times already and it is just a phrase that stupid people say when they don't have actual facts to back things up. The curb weight of a 2014 F-150 Crew Cab Ecoboost is 5615 lbs. If a 2015 Crew Cab Ecoboost truck weight 700 lbs less, that would make the "drop" 1/8 of the total volume the drops take up in the bucket. In other words, your bucket in this scenario would be what most would consider an already dry bucket. So your little phrase suuuuuuuuuucks, and the new F-150 is going to be outstanding.
          That Guy
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          And you are afraid of the truth. Silly blind cheerleader
          XJ Yamaha
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          You're retarded.
          HAT1701D
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          There's always "That Guy" in and among the crowd eh? You know the type...the one who won't let anyone else have any fun.
          XJ Yamaha
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          The truth is the truck dropped 700 lbs, so I'm struggling to understand where this blindness is coming from, but at least you recognize that you're retarded. I appreciate that.
      krj.1102
      • 11 Months Ago
      700 lbs is a large amount, but the savings will probably be offset to a certain extent by weight gains in other areas, so the truck will probably end up around 400-500 pounds lighter than the 2014 model. The 2014 model is around 350 lbs heavier than comparable new GM models. So while the new Ford will likely be a great truck, it will not be 700 lbs lighter than the competition.
        usa1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        Actually, the current F150 in the popular crew cab 4x4 configuration is 450 pounds heavier than the Silverado, so the new F150 will net out to 250 pound lighter than the Silverado.
        John T. Guy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        Just think about it Krj. They used the Aluminum to lose the 700#s if they only lost 400, they would've said it loses 400#s.
          krj.1102
          • 11 Months Ago
          @John T. Guy
          A trusting soul, that's refreshing. Manufacturers make bold claims all time about weight savings, yet they don't quote actual weights. I guess we will see when the truck is actually weighed by an independent source. I hope it is 700 lbs lighter, but I would not count on it.
        That Guy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        700 pounds is a drop in the bucket for these porky trucks. The competition was already way ahead of Ford in that area.....and they didn't have to resort to weak gas guzzling engines and beer can bodies to do it.
          XJ Yamaha
          • 11 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          If they cut 2000 lbs you'd just be on here saying its a drop in the bucket. Full size trucks would lose capability if they weighed 3500 lbs, but that's logic and it's apparently something you don't understand. Sorry that Ford apparently called you names and stole your lunch money in elementary school; keep whining and crying about it....
        macutty
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        They've stated very clearly several times the NET weight saving is 700lbs. The same 2015 F150 (cab & box configuration with the same trim and options) will weigh 700lbs less than the 2014. Just deal with it GM/Ram fanbois.
        Hazdaz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        I don't know why everyone is downvoting you. They keep on SAYING they lost 700 lbs, but this is a little too similar to when Range Rover said one of their redesigned models lost a ton of weight as well, yet when the vehicle was actually tested, its weight savings where considerably less. When the car magazines get their hands on this new F150, I highly doubt they are REALLY going to see 700 lbs less than the out going model.
          montoym
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Or it will be 700lbs less on one version, but less so on other. Like maybe a fully loaded Platinum crew cab 4x4 might lose the most weight (because it was heaviest to start with), but maybe a 2wd single cab might only lose 400lbs. Still a loss, but manufacturers always tout the best figure and don't inform you about the rest.
        Master Austin
        • 11 Months Ago
        @krj.1102
        Actually that would be incorrect. Because the vehicle is 700lbs less roughly it means that the brakes would need to be smaller, the suspension can be lighter, the insulation will be lighter because its less vehicle rolling down the road. So while the cost of aluminum might be higher, its off-set by requiring less bigger items because it'll weight less.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 11 Months Ago
      Your writeup makes it sound like Ford Sells 700,000 F-150s which is FAR from reality.
        EXP Jawa
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        The article clearly says 700K F-Series, not F-150s. On some level, I think you have to leave something to reading comprehension. Still, I'd be curious to know how the F-Series numbers break down.
          macutty
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2013/02/who-sold-the-most-half-tons-in-2012.html
        ebn.hahn
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        I bet you they Sell more F150 than Ram1500 or silverado1500.........
      That Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      The FSeries is not a vehicle. You cannot go to a Ford appliance store and buy the 2014 Ford F Series. Gotta love how Ford twists words so they can keep an empty sales title. We'll see if they can keep it with their weak, tin can "truck" with gas guzzling engines and corroding bodies.
        amerifight
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        You don't know what you are talking about! the F150 sales are counted separately. I am concerned you do not have a good reference for data. you can go to goodcarbadcar.com and see sales numbers for every vehicle sold, on a separate note DO YOU THINK CHEVY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ADD THE SILVERADO SALES (1500 AND 2500+ TOGETHER) I think you are going to be proved wrong time and time again!
          merlot066
          • 11 Months Ago
          @amerifight
          Neither Ford, nor GM, nor RAM, separate sales of their 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton vs. 1 ton trucks. The information is available, and it doesn't look good for you troll... http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2013/02/who-sold-the-most-half-tons-in-2012.html
          That Guy
          • 11 Months Ago
          @amerifight
          You are completely wrong. I look over the official sales releases every single month. NOT ONCE has Ford ever reported the sales of the F-150 separately. They get lumped in with the many other "trucks" so Ford can hang on to their empty title.
        RevenantDC5
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Tin? Corroding? Gas guzzling? Such an annoying troll.
      Hazdaz
      • 11 Months Ago
      I never thought I would say that the old generation looked streamlined and sexy, but compared to this new one, it is! The size and design of this vehicle is just obscene. I am not going to knock Ford on its engineering and use of materials, because I am sure they did a good job with that, but I'm just sick of seeing these behomoths keep on getting bigger and bigger with each redesign. The supposed 700 lb weight reduction is great, no doubt about that, but imagine if they actually scaled back the size of this monster into something that will fit into a parking spot. Making vehicles smaller is one of the easiest ways to cut weight.
        ashwats
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Absolutely.... big is not always better... And that front like a caterpillar dump truck! eeew
          HAT1701D
          • 11 Months Ago
          @ashwats
          I've worked for Cat now for over 18 years. Never seen a Cat with a grill like that.
      George Wancata
      • 11 Months Ago
      What do you suppose this truck costs?
        Greg Aryous
        • 11 Months Ago
        @George Wancata
        TBD... Compare cost to the $4500 premium Ram charges for the EcoDiesel then add the 10-15% added cost for diesel fuel vs reg gas plus the def treatment plus plus plus... Bottom line. Diesel is Not a bargain!!
          Matt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          The diesel option does not depreciate in the used market, at least not for any passenger car or pickup in the past two decades. The slower depreciation is the primary reason to buy a diesel; massive torque and improved fuel economy are just gravy.
          That Guy
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          A diesel not only will get the advertised mileage (unlike Egoboost) but it is far less complicated and will be far more reliable than any twin turbo pos that's tuned within an inch of its life.
        m_2012
        • 11 Months Ago
        @George Wancata
        Efficient use of aluminum is actually cheaper in a lot of cases. So likely no more than the current one. Ford is not going to mess up their best thing.
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