The 2015 Ford F-150: Worth Picking Up?
Updated December 12, 2014
This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was full of surprises. One of the best was the announcement of the new 2015 Ford F-150, the new pick-up truck on offer by the American giant. Opinion so far seems mostly positive, so we thought we’d try to approach the subject with a more balanced analysis. So, should you be thinking of the F-150 as your new purchase in 2015? Here are some advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage 1: Aluminium Frame
Alongside the vehicle’s general announcement at the recent trade show, it was also revealed that the pick-up would be built from the wheels up with a new aluminium frame. This means that the cab and bed are all fully aluminium, providing you with – ultimately – a lighter, more controllable drive (700 pounds lighter). Certain parts have been produced in steel for structural and noise/vibration cancelling purposes, such as the door latches, rivets and mounting studs, but other than that, you’ll experience a light and powerful drive. These adaptations are sure to lower insurance premiums, too, so a bespoke policy from an insurer like Sky Insurance could be viable.
Advantage 2: Matched Performance and Re-Centred License Plate on EcoBoost Model
Historically, the EcoBoost options of the F-150 have forced the front license plate to be shifted slightly to the side, resulting in a little bit of a strange appearance. This was a result of a special cooling vent which was required on the front of the vehicle to allow heat to be extracted from the engine. Now, however, Ford has found a solution to the problem, and their 2.7-liter V-6 is now comparable in performance and look to the regular version. This means that the extra vent has been removed and the plate has been re-centred.
Disadvantage 1: No Diesel Reveal
Ford is ready to bring their new diesel engine – the five-cylinder Power Stroke – to their transit range, but they never mentioned a diesel option for their F-150 at the reveal. Does this mean it won’t come? It’s hard to say, but we think it’s more likely that they decided to withhold the announcement to prevent media attention being driven from their presentation of their EcoBoost model. However, if they actually never show off a diesel model, consumers looking for a hard hitting version of the F-150 are going to be left disappointed.
Disadvantage 2: Lacking Atlas Style
One of the most disappointing aspects of the reveal of the new F-150 is its design. Generally, we’d expect to see more from a new Ford model – particularly with the Atlas leading the way in pick-up aesthetics as of late. Unfortunately, there are very few visual updates to the 2015 version of the F-150. Of course, it did take a couple of design queues, particularly on the front grille, where the corners along the top side have been angled, just as they are on the Ford Atlas. Although it’s a start, it’s barely enough to scratch the surface, and if Ford is looking to impress with startling and innovative design, this isn’t the way to do it.
Ultimately, we’ve not seen enough of the Ford F-150 to be able to make and conclusive generalisations about it, but we will say this: our main complaint with this vehicle is an aesthetic one. However, as long as Ford comes through with a diesel version of the model, we’re confident that the F-150 is going to be a pick-up to be proud of in terms of its superior structural form and its power. Hopefully, Ford will show off the diesel version of the car shortly as press coverage of their exciting eco engine dies down and they begin to play to the power enthusiasts. So there we have it: our verdict on the 2015 Ford F-150.
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