With much of the attention on GM and the debut of its important half-ton pickup trucks, Automotive News cites an unnamed source inside Ford that is saying when the 2015 Ford F-150 comes around, there will be some game-changing technology under the hood that could offer as much as 15 to 20 percent more fuel economy.
The story says Ford will be looking at every aspect of the truck to shave off as much weight as possible, which means components like the brakes, frame, axles and other heavier chassis components are likely to go on a diet. Whether they can squeeze as much as 750 or 900 pounds from a full-size pickup is likely to have some truck experts quite skeptical. We'll see.
Additiionally, there are reports coming out of Detroit, reported by Automotive News, that Ford may show its 2015 F-150 at the North American International Auto Show in January in an attempt to steal a little bit of GM's thunder with the recently debuted pickup truck sibliings and the coming new Corvette. It probably cannot be overstated how competitive Ford and GM can be, especially when they're trying to break through the clutter of the sights and sounds of the most important domestic auto show.
It should be noted that little has been heard about the Ford and Toyota partnership for full-size pickup hybrid technology that was struck two years ago. No doubt more will be heard as the both companies get closer to the stair-stepped EPA regulartion that will require better city, highway and combined fuel-economy numbers from full-size pickups.
In the meantime, it looks like Ford has a strong-looking baby Power Stroke (sitting inside the coming Transit commercial van and derived from the global Ranger powerplant) that could work quite well. Some early reports have the unofficial horsepower/torque numbers in the 200/400 range.