2015 Ford F-150 Will Have Aluminum Body, Report Says

Ford Atlas Concept 1 photo
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Word has it the next-generation Ford F-150 pickup truck will go into production with an aluminum body, a decision that will help the half-ton truck undergo a severe but successful diet.
According to The Truth About Cars, quoting “a supplier source”, development of the aluminum F-150 “is going just fine”, despite company worries that led to the construction of an all-steel body-in-white alongside the aluminum truck.

Design-wise, the next-generation F-150 will borrow several styling cues from the Ford Atlas Concept, TTAC claims, adding that powertrains will include the 5.0-liter V8, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and an new 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost.

As far as the Raptor version is concerned, the high-performance pickup truck will be back for the 2016 model year. But in the constant battle with Chevrolet for supremacy in the pickup truck turf, the usual poking and joking will always show up.

For example, the 2014 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra arrival was oddly seen by the industry. As you know, this model is the direct competitor for the Ford F-150, but it uses a steel body instead of aluminum. Moreover, some voices in this sector and potential pickup truck customers claimed that the design is not satisfying enough for the existing expectations. That's mainly because he twin-port grille design with a full-width bumper isn’t exactly all-new for Chevy pickup trucks.

Of course, Ford will try to make the F-150 as desirable as possible, so the pickup truck is bound to receive, among other things, a Special Edition Appearance Package.

When FoMoCo brings it out of the oven, the bundle will come with 20-inch aluminum wheels with a dark anodized finish and red lettering, pitch black running boards, blacked-out headlamps, bodyside decals, cool-looking seats enhanced with Alcantara inserts, contrast stitching, and red bolsters for a little extra sportiness.

That's enough to turn some heads in traffic, we have no doubt on that, but we'd better wait until official details surface
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