2015 Ford F-150 Top 5 Cool Things Video

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Here are the five standout features we like about the new 2015 Ford F-150, but this is not an exhaustive list by any stretch. Make sure to dive into our coverage and video highlights to get the full story.

 

 

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AWESOME!!

What No Big Bore V8? They can keep it! Im going to Ram or GM next!

I do not see the excitement here!!!

I wonder what they will do with the Raptor, it will not be a raptor if it sounds like a buzzing V6.

Video isn't showing up for me on Safari for iOS, IE for Windows 8 (Flash installed) or Chrome for Windows 8. Tried on two different IP addresses. Video player doesn't show up at all. Other videos on the site work for me, just not this one.

@Colin - Works on Explorer/Windows.

@Len - No big bore V8, but the Coyote V8 has similar power levels. But is GM's and Ram's big V8s available on regular cab, short beds, like the Coyote? With hundreds of lbs in (aluminum) weight savings?

You guys crack me up... Ford comes to the table with an ALL NEW TRUCK from the ground up with innovation after innovation and everyone is like "I don't see the excitement."

Well what the hell did chevy bring to the table with their new turd of a truck? Oh that's right a slot in the bumper to step on and the same old tiny crew cab with a bigger opening. WOW go get that gas guzzling chevy big bore... go to tfltruck.com and watch the 6.2L v8 get it's ass handed to itself by the EcoBoost pulling 10,000 pounds.

And don't even get me started on the ABSOLUTELY NOTHING new Toyota Tundra.

RAM & FORD are the only ones bringing anything to anyone.

@DenverlllMike Thanks for the response. Still won't load though. Won't load on the following browsers (latest versions of all):

Mac OS 10.9:
- Safari (No Flash)
- Firefox (No Flash)
- Chrome (Flash built-in)
- Opera (No Flash)

Windows 8.1:
- IE ("Modern" style and traditional, Flash installed)
- Firefox (Flash installed)
- Chrome (Flash built-in)

That's over 2 different IP addresses (one through my phone on 3G to eliminate my router, the other my house wifi). I'm in Canada, but I also tried going through my proxy server, giving me a US IP address (to eliminate potential location issues), and still doesn't work on all of the above browsers.

I'll just skip out on this video, but wanted to make sure it was nothing on my end.

I have the same problem as Colin, but I'm in California. Tried firefox, chrome, and explorer. Where's the video?

guys no one is yet to think about the new 2.3L I4 ecoboost that is in the new mustang. it is the true replacement for the 3.5L/3.7L V6 engine family. the 2.3L I4 ecoboost makes 275 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque in the new lincoln crossover and expected to be at least 300 hp in the new mustang. is it just a matter of time before the the 2.3 replaces the 3.5? then ford would have 2.3, 2.7, 3.5, 5.0, with 3 of those motors being ecoboost. if the 2.3 is at 275 hp and the current 3.5 ecoboost is at 365 hp i project the 2.7 ecoboost at roughly 325 hp at the most and mainly to compete with the 5.3 from chevrolet. ford doesn't care about max hp numbers anymore and is focusing on a more broad torque band with di tt vvt. imo, ford needs 2.3, 2.7, 3.5 ecoboosts and a 5.0 di vvt. and the superdutys can replace the 6.2 with a 5.0 ecoboost. just my opinion.

Try this youtube link of the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhxIlrEKSW4

The smaller 2.3 is a bad idea in a big truck, at least the 3.5 can drive the truck around without the Turbos when driving normally, but the 2.3 is going to be in the turbos all the time and gas mileage won't be good nore will longevity.

also, chrysler is supposed to be updating all hemis for 2015 model year. i wonder if the 65rfe is finally seeing its way out and the 8 speed is fully taking over. i also wonder if chrysler is gonna start building the 8 speed for V8s and the diesel themselves now and if they do will the towing capacity increase (it has been the same since 2010). and could the 6.4 appear in 1500s? there are rumors gm might pull the 4.5 duramax back out the hat as well. and gm introduced 8 speeds for the corvette so i say the silverado should be getting them within a year as well. i wonder what ford has in store for the superduties? remember the 6.7 scorpion got reworked. and when is nissan gonna show the new titan? and toyota might have something up their sleeves cause when ford came out with the current f150 in 2009 2 years later the ecoboost showed up.

@Stormie Yay! I'm not alone!

@Ford850 Thanks for the link! Had no idea there was a YouTube version, but worked like a charm.

Coming up: Top 5 Cool things on the 2014 Silverado.

1. Low Frame.

2. Outdated Interior

3. Hideous Grille

4. Matches EB mileage, with gutless wonder of an engine.

5. Trucks Catch On Fire, Check the RECALL

Lame Ford should just stop making trucks since all they are interested in is making a car. No ones going buy a beer can with a car engine for a truck work. Can we say FAIL!

Looks like an uglier Tundra. Yuck!

How much will this truck cost?

It seems to be quite fanastic with the new construction materials and engine line up, except the total lack of a decent diesel.

Some guys talk about FE. How much is it going to cost to have a full size pull decent FE?

The under performing low load/tow, 8spd, shuttered small bed Ram at 24mpg is $27k. How much will a 10spd, 2.7, aluminium F-150 cost?

Chev might be onto a good thing with a diesel Colorado. Can out tow, out carry the $27k Ram. Will get better FE than a 2.7 aluminium F-150 and Ram and probably be cheaper.

I think full size trucks as part of the American Dream is slowly eroding. We it's no different with our V8 utes.

This is a pity as I like them all. CAFE 'gotta' luv it!

The reality much energy right now is being expended on the oh-ah aspect of the F-150 and not the most important aspect of cost. This will determine how many move out of the car yards.

The all aluminium on frame Ranger Rover is where Ford cut it's teeth for this truck is fantastic as well.

@High Milage
Don't look at what you currently have, look at what is coming out for the future.

The Ram that can carry or tow the same as a Colorado will have lower FE then or it will use lightweight materials like the Ford.

I'm discussing the cost vs utility of your future pickups.

From what I can gather cost will rise as is shown by the Ram I highlighted and the new F-150.

At the end of the day, as I've predicted the cost of full size trucks will rise significantly to perform the current duties of your trucks.

This will make vehicle like the Colorado more attractive, especially now one US manufacturer is going to offer a refined and modern mid sizer comparable to what we currently have.

Your pickups, like our mid sizers are becoming more and more relegated to the SUV/CUV role. Work trucks might end up becoming more like Ducato and Transit clones, all with diesel options.

This will leave HDs more or less as they are with the Ducato/Transit vehicles as half ton replacements.

The only saviour for the global midsizers are many developing nations still need very basic utility/truck style vehicles that are cheap.

I think this is one case where I actually like the look of the lower trims better than the look of the platinum, lariat, etc.

Having run the video it is extremely slow.
The truck, the tailgate having all those pieces when GM did the same thing with a notch in the bumper..
The motors time will tell on the longevity of the Ecoboost. I live in the mountains, and they seem to be a good flat land motor, fuel wise, not so good if loaded.
The use of Aluminum, sounds good, time will tell with a few winters under it's belt.
Just a thought!

Surely Ford is not killing the 6.2 in the F250 fleet trucks. That would be crazy.

The World's Most Popular, Best Selling, Toughest, and BEST TRUCK-the FORD F-150 just blew the lagging "pretenders" further into the truck "Dark Ages" with the awesome, all-new ,2015 FORD F-150! The World's truck owners bought a modern record 763,402 Ford F-Series trucks in the 2013 model year proving it's growing popularity. Safety Recall plagued Government Motors fell further behind American Ford Motor Company's Ford F-Series with only 480,414 Chevs sold and 184,389 GMCs. Combining the Got Mechanic Comings Safety-RECALL Twins (573,803 units) puts America's popular Ford F-Series a whopping 189,599 units ahead in 2013!!! The new-,advanced 2015 F-150 with it's increased hauling/towing capacities, best fuel efficiency with more powerful yet smaller engines, rust-free ,weight -saving body awesome interiors, advanced technology will no doubt set more sales records next year. Drive One!! YOU WILL DRIVE the BEST==FORD F-SERIES!!

Coming up: Top 5 Cool things on the 2014 Silverado.

1. Low Frame.

2. Outdated Interior

3. Hideous Grille

4. Matches EB mileage, with gutless wonder of an engine.

5. Trucks Catch On Fire, Check the RECALL

-Especially 1-3. Nasty front end and side profile as has been since the 1990's. Nasty cheap looking interior as has been since the 1990's. And nasty looking drop down low slung frame as has been since 1988. Especially on the HD's. In 1999 they got cheap with their wax frame coating, cheap rusty-rotten body metal etc. Drum brakes and even more cheapness and penny pinching to follow with their abysmal interiors and all else. The guy running the company now simply does not get the history and SEVERE damage done to Chevrolet trucks former legacy since 1998 concerning 1500's and 1988 concerning HD's.. He is clueless and comes out of the Australian CAR market. He is a GMC-Holden-Buick nut. Pathetic how GM ruined Chevrolet. You'd think Chevy would just dump GM like a bad habit so they could spread their wings. R.I.P Chevrolet 1500's post 1998 and Chevrolet 1/2 & 1 tons post 1988. Screw GMC GM.

@BAF0 - Half tons aren't gonna suddenly disappear because they cost a little more each year. Full-size trucks have been going up in costs, vs cars, for many years. They still offer tremendous value, especially if you opt out of luxury models.

The aluminum body is a 'no cost', standard feature. A 10 speed trans would also be a FREE feature, if 'standard' across the entire line.

But you can't seriously consider a van as a replacement for a pickup??? How about I take away your luxury appointed, 4X4 crew cab Mazda truck and give you a cheesy mid-size cargo van in its place? What makes you think we'd go for that either???

The problem is, and I know you see it too, is that small truck OEMs don't have the capital to invest highly in small truck technology and advancements. Yeah 1/2 tons can get diesels too. Big deal.

And small truck OEMs don't have the presure of fullsizers, in other overseas markets. So they'll remain steps behind and never catch up. In America, small trucks will be gone before they have the chance.

I just wonder if the higher cost of repairing a wrecked all aluminum vehicle will most definitely drive up insurance premiums? Then the money saved on gas will be used for insurance. So where is the real benefit? From what I have seen personally, Ford v6 engines are junk after100k miles. I would rather have a Chevy v8 any day!!!!

@Brad - why should it cost more? Body shops will have to be trained to deal with aluminum repairs but the common method of repair tends to be dent pulling and body filler. More serious damage will require replacement panels.
That isn't much different than the current way of doing business.

Lou,
I've read in several places that it will cost anywhere between 50-60K to retrofit a body shop to work on aluminum.
I think I've read an article in FenderBender magazine where they explained some things about AL. They said that aluminum is hard to work with and if someone in the next bay is grinding steel, iron oxide particles will contaminate the aluminum and cause paint adhesion problems. The two metals in combination with magnesium, I think, which is common in luxury vehicles these days can also create some kind of explosive reaction. Thermite? Did I say it right?
I will try to find that article.

@Gregory J. - don't most vehicles already have aluminum hoods and suspension components? or engine blocks and transmission castings?

Yes, thermite is an explosive combination but requires high heat.
"Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of metal powder fuel and metal oxide. When ignited by heat, thermite undergoes an exothermic oxidation-reduction reaction. Most varieties are not explosive but can create brief bursts of high temperature in a small area."
"The aluminium reduces the oxide of another metal, most commonly iron oxide, because aluminium forms stronger bonds with oxygen than iron:
Fe2O3 + 2 Al → 2 Fe + Al2O3
The products are aluminium oxide, free elemental iron,[2] and a large amount of heat. The reactants are commonly powdered and mixed with a binder to keep the material solid and prevent separation.
The reaction is used for thermite welding, often used to join rail tracks. "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite

You need high heat and iron oxide and aluminum together. That would be "rusted" iron and aluminum in contact with each other.

If it will cost more to do repairs on aluminum bodied vehicles that will most likely mean shops will have to purchase the equipment to keep competitive or refuse to fix them.

Will it drive up insurance?

Time will tell.

@The Real Lou
Aluminium Oxide is used extensively in solid rocket fuel.

It acts as the oxidiser. Mix it with fuel put into a tube with a nozzle and you have a rocket motor.

I really don't see anything new here. Looks like this year's truck to be honest!

Two excerpts taken from the wiki article provided on thermite that give Gregory's comment merit.

Thermite was used in both German and Allied incendiary bombs during World War II.[36][37] Incendiary bombs usually consisted of dozens of thin thermite-filled canisters (bomblets) ignited by a magnesium fuse.


The thermite reaction can take place accidentally in industrial locations where abrasive grinding and cutting wheels are used with ferrous metals. Using aluminium in this situation produces a mixture of oxides which is capable of a violent explosive reaction.[38]

@ Anthony_D85 - abrasive grinding and cutting wheels = powdered metals and high heat.

Magnesium has been used for decades in incendiary devices. The article also lists other metals that are used.

How hot does it need to get and how tightly bound together do the metals have to be for it to ignite?

I've owned motorcycles with aluminum and magnesium components and none of them ever burned to the ground.

@Big Al - Yes, I am aware of that but I did not want to add too much fuel to the fire ;)

Ever have a magnesium and aluminum component on an air plane combust?

@The Real Lou
I've come close.

Most all rims for aircraft are magnesium. Really bad stuff when brakes over heat. You have to use dry chemical powder (DCP). That stuff also is bad.

The problem with the rocket motor I described is if any cracks or imperfections are around. Kaboom.

Judging by the quality of some of our 'regular' (a very few) contributors I will not give any more information on how to build a rocket. I probably could get one into space. But I would want to be a mile or two away before I start my countdown.

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Lou, the aluminium Ford has me a little worried. I've been discussing a more philosophical view about the cost of this vehicle. I'm wondering if Ford has bitten off more than it can chew.

The Ranger Rover/Jaguar are prestige/luxury vehicles. The extensive use of aluminium in them would have been better managed than trying to mass produce at extreme levels.

In other words a much better quality product is the end result with the Rangie/Jag.

People think of aluminium like the 'stuff' that Coke Can, Alfoil, and pots are made of. Ductile and quite malleable.

Aluminium is alloyed with different metals to give it different properties. Aluminium is graded into different series. You can google this stuff.

Copper, magnesium, etc. The problem I see with the aluminium required for the F-150's body (as opposed to skin) is it would have to be brittle, the same goes for the bed.

Higher tensile aluminium is brittle. Shaping the aluminium involves annealing this stuff after shaping and forming. High tensile aluminium is prone to cracking at folds and creases with small radii.

This means every aluminium part of this truck has to go into a oven for an hour of two at a predetermined temperature.

Body panels are different. But structural components need to be relieved through annealing. This essentially reduces the chances of fracturing/cracking.

I hope body shops don't try and short cut this process the get work done. I would think most any body part would have to be replaced.

I'll put my myself out on a limb here and state cracking will be a major issue with these trucks within 2 years.

If you look at the design of the F-150 it is based on very long straight lines, for a reason. The aluminium is restricting what Ford can achieve.

I don't foresee a Raptor because of this.

Lou,
The Al parts that are commonly used in vehicles these days, ie: hoods, suspension components, engine parts are probably more often replaced then are being worked on if they fail. You will hardly find a body shop these days that will touch an aluminum hood. They will rather replace it then do any work on it. A little dent on the hood will probably cost you a new hood.
This takes us to another subject. We'll probably see more dinged up F150s on used dealer lots then ever before. Owners will not be fixing them up because of costs.

Going back to article in FenderBender magazine, they suggested a "clean room" for aluminium work would be the best option. But that will run you up to 60K to build one.

Big Al has brought up some good points.

Range Rovers and Jaguars will never see environments and "usage" that typical F150 will. Of course, not all trucks are used for work, but a lot of them are.

I'm sure will see a lot of body shops that will cut costs and don't do the repair work the right way if they decide to do work on the truck in the first place. Many shop will refuse to touch aluminum, unless they'll just be able to replace a panel, door or hood. What about the damage underneath the skin? There is usually some kind of fixing to do.

7% of the body on new F150 is still steel. Ford said there a places on the cab, bottom corners specifically, that can't be done in Al. There is no technology to shape Al in such way.

Did Ford ever mention anything about F250 and up going aluminum?
If not, I see them moving Raptor up to F250 body.

For those worried about Thermite being produced in their trucks I'd be far more concerned about the 32 gallons of gasoline igniting first. To get Thermite you have to have exacting mixes of Fe2O3 which isn't typically a byproduct of simple rust. We are talking about pure iron mixed with ozone. Unless you are driving a pure iron frame about 50,000 feet in the air this isn't likely to occur on any regular basis. Plus Ford eluded to this being 6000 series aluminium which is an alloy not pure aluminum.

I do applaud Ford for trying something very unorthodox with their main profit center. First was the Ecoboost and now aluminum. I bet the next gen Ram uses aluminum as well to meet CAFE standards. GM had a chance to showcase new thinking but didn't. They did produce a nice set of new engines but missed out on the tech and modern frame/body advancements. If they had pushed further we'd be here talking about how Ford was merely copying GM with their new 2015 truck. Still I anticipate 8-speeds coming next year for GM but Ford will likely skip to the 10-speeds at the next mid-cycle refresh in 2018.

I hope Toyota and Nissan have something up their sleeves or they are going to continue to be at the bottom of truck sales. To win converts they are going to have to be better in basically all categories not just one or two. Good luck, they'll need it.

@howman00
You don't see too many naval ships and aircraft having a thermite issue.

Absolutely no way shape or form is thermite going to be produced driving down the road. Not once did I read a comment on here suggesting that either. That wiki article simply said accidents can happen in certain industrial locations and gregory referred to a fender bender article that mentioned when doing body work. As unlikely both those situations are to happen and create a thermite reaction, neither were regarding the vehicle to be unsafe, or it happening while driving thats ridiculous.

If cracking panels is a possibilty I wonder how they will hold up in -30c temp then into a heated garage or vice versa for 5 months of the year, year after year.

@Anthony_D85
Cyclic temperature flucuations isn't going to cause the cracking.

@howam00 - thanks for the information.

@Big Al from Oz - the Brits did end up with a few melted aluminum ships when hit by French Exocet missiles during the Falklands war but that is a pretty hot hit.

@Gregory J - there was a leak at Ford/Alcoa stating that trucks might not be ready for Detroit due to problems with forming panels. That was immediately denied by Ford.

I am going to wait and see as to how all this pans out for Ford. It is a huge gamble that could make the Edsel mess look good.

Wow, that thing is tragic. I like to see the base models to see what you really get before an extra $5k is added for some color and stickers added to the trim.. Cough "FX4" with 130 dollar Pirelli scorpion ATR''s and $60 Rancho Shocks (decent). Not impressed. People need to look at these things from an engineering perspective. "Does the vehicle appear to be designed to last a predetermined period of time before everything, trim, ductwork, frame design, electrical runs, contacts and switches fail?" In the case of ford, it's what you don't notice, or can't see, fails or disappoints.



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