Our new man Greg Migliore is in attendance at a Ford media event at the Blue Oval's Dearborn, MI headquarters today, and he's reported in with a handful of the 2015 F-150 stats that we've been dying to know. Ford is slow-playing the news release here, but we can still offer up some interesting output and performance figures after half-year of waiting.

We have all be quite aware that Ford's shift to aluminum construction would save a lot of weight for F-150 models, and the results we're hearing now are duly impressive. For instance: in Super Crew trim, a 2015 F-150 is a whopping 732-pounds lighter than was its closest 2014-model-year equivalent. That's like hauling three middle-aged dudes to your bowling alley's league night for free. Polish your balls, guys.

Ford isn't willing to offer up any actual curb weights just yet, but if we take that 732-pound loss and extrapolate with the 5,128-pound curb weight of the 2014 F-150 Super Crew with the 3.7-liter V6, we can guesstimate that 2015 models will measure out in the 4,400-pound range. That's impressive.

We also learned just a bit about the new additions to the engine range. The base engine in the F-150 comes in the form of a naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V6. That mill may be the little brother of the crew, but it still makes 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, giving the 4x2 pickup the a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a tow rating of 7,600 pounds.

Stepping up one rung on the ladder is the hotly anticipated 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, turbocharged to the tune of 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. In 4x2 guise, that blown mill allows for maximum payload and towing ratings of 2,250 and 8,500 pounds, respectively.

We're obviously still excited to learn actual miles-per-gallon ratings and curb weights for the Ford haulers, but in the meantime, you can scroll below to check out the official press release and an official video of the Blue Oval boys putting the EcoBoost F-150 through its towing paces at the Davis Dam in Arizona.


2015 Ford F-150


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ALL-NEW FORD F-150 2.7-LITER ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE DELIVERS V8 CAPABILITY AND PERFORMANCE

Tougher, lighter 2015 Ford F-150 welcomes two new engines to its four-engine lineup, providing choices to meet almost any customer need – from hauling tools to towing trailers

High-output 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop broadens engine lineup by providing mid-range V8-like towing capability of 8,500 pounds, payload of 2,250 pounds, 325 horsepower, 375 lb.-ft. of torque

Standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing delivers impressive power and efficiency with towing of 7,600 pounds that can't be beat, 1,910 pounds of payload, 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque

Use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy plus smart engineering saves up to 700 pounds, improving power-to-weight ratio and allowing for gains in towing, performance and efficiency

With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

"The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds," said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. "These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency."

2.7-liter EcoBoost power
The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque – improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15 percent over the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output, thanks to vehicle light-weighting.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs.

Boosting 2.7-liter EcoBoost fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology for F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly. Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine also features Ford's first use of a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine, the same material used in Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 in Super Duty trucks. The composite CGI/aluminum cylinder block saves weight while providing strength where it's needed most for durability.

Advanced technology, power and efficiency combine to create an engine for F-150 that boasts more than twice the horsepower, torque and towing capability of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck with identical displacement 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Ford testing shows the 2.7-liter EcoBoost also outperforming Ram 1500 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 while towing a 7,000-pound enclosed trailer up Davis Dam in Arizona. This is the same grade the Society of Automotive Engineers uses for its J2807 towing testing standards, which the 2015 Ford F-150 will follow.

3.5-liter V6 tuned for responsive power
Thanks to vehicle weight savings, the standard 3.5-liter V6 with Ti-VCT offers a 5 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the larger 3.7-liter V6 in the 2014 F-150, with better fuel efficiency and performance.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.

Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation.

Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.

Advanced materials save weight
Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck's body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.

Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter – helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance. The aluminum upper body sits on a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter.

In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 offers the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8 with Ti-VCT, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers.


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      19nomad56
      • 5 Months Ago
      Our '11 Pathfinder 4x4 weighs 4800 pounds. A full size truck to come in under that, with potentially significantly better MPGs than the 14/20 of the PF would make a great alternative option.
        rsholland
        • 5 Months Ago
        @19nomad56
        Yeah, Ford is really on to something here. I've been very impressed with what I'm seeing Ford do on the truck front.
        Carpinions
        • 5 Months Ago
        @19nomad56
        I think the weight of the XTerra and older Pathfinder are a result of the shared FM platform with the Titan and Armada. Who knows if that will continue when the new Frontier and Titan come out (which may be next century at this point), and I have to think that Nissan is being given more pause over the new F150 than the other makers because they may be very far into the development of the next Titan (we kind of already know this since we know they are testing Cummins mules), and whatever weight they have now they could be stuck with for at least 5 years AFTER the new truck comes out. Which is why Toyota's 2014 Tundra update seems so lackluster: The F150 and even the reduced-weight new Silverado seem to be practically a size class beneath the Tundra if you just look at half-ton segment weight figures. It's also why Tundra MPG sucks in the real world.
      Dean Hammond
      • 5 Months Ago
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        Carpinions
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        @Dean Hammond
        I would have to agree. The comments aren't really any cleaner in appearance, and now they take up more space. Plus, the location of the vote counts is now harder to see and causes some of the extra space, though the buttons are easier to use. Adding the Report feature was a good move, but everything else is as lacking as ever, or slightly worse. AB, there are thousands of examples of better comment systems on the 'Net. Someone there HAS to have seen at least one of them.
        Justin Campanale
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        @Dean Hammond
        I do like the fact that you can take back votes. There have been many instances where I saw a post I didn't like and hit the wrong button, upvoting it in the process. But yeah, the new comment system doesn't really fix much and takes up excessive screen space.
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        @Dean Hammond
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        He Autoblog, instead of spending time to change the look and feel of the comment system, couldn't you have just added an edit function instead?
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        @Dean Hammond
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        @Dean Hammond
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      postpast
      • 5 Months Ago
      4400 lbs for a super crew would be mighty impressive, that's a good deal lighter than the V8 Hyundai Genesis sedan. I wonder how light a striped out reg cab ,aka Tremor, could get.
        b.rn
        • 5 Months Ago
        @postpast
        An AWD V8 Genesis sedan weighs in at 4,295lbs https://www.hyundaiusa.com/genesis/specifications.aspx
          b.rn
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn
          Dag nabbit. That's the V6. You're right, the V8 is heavier. 4,541lbs. That's an absurd amount of weight for a sedan.
          Carpinions
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn
          Especially now that Cadillac reduced the CTS's weight by 400+ lbs to around 3800.
      JaredN
      • 5 Months Ago
      This comment system truly is horrifically bad.
        Dave
        • 5 Months Ago
        @JaredN
        Why would we want to sort the comments and why would best (whatever that means) be the default sort?
          JaredN
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          @Dave
          Dave: sorting of the comments (whether good or bad), is not high on my list of important issues. First, the comment system has to work (this one often doesn't at all). It has to display the comments in a usable amount of space (this one doesn't). And it should have an edit function (needless to say, this one still doesn't).
      F150Soul
      • 5 Months Ago
      color me impressed!
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 5 Months Ago
      Impressive!
      usa1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Compelling video. Well done Ford.
      Jarda
      • 5 Months Ago
      WTF is with the comments? This is like 4th time you overhauled them while ignoring the single most requested feature.
      jonnybimmer
      • 5 Months Ago
      Very impressive numbers, especially when the weight reduction is taken account. I'm pretty optimistic about the mileage figures as well, at least when compared to the other gas motors. I am curious though at what rpm those peak numbers were achieved. Modern turbos are able to get plenty of torque down really low, but it'd still be nice to get an idea of what the power curves look like.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I'm sure this thing has some tiny little turbos, it will probably peak torque not much past 2k rpm.
          Bassracerx
          • 5 Months Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          well if there is two turbos no need for them to be large but a 2.7l v6 NA motor would be just under or just over 200 horses so to add ~110 horsepower with boost is no joke. my 92s10 with a 2.8l v6 makes only 130 horsepower so i am very impressed
      Dean Hammond
      • 5 Months Ago
      very curious about this 2.7 in its lighter duty guise....if embraced, and I dont see why not , as not everyone needs the capabilities of the 3.5 eco-boost, this could be a viable , and somewhat cheaper alternative to Rams diesel....especially if the owner only tows a small % of the time...
      Justin Campanale
      • 5 Months Ago
      Does the tachometer next to my screen name serve any purpose?
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Damn son.
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