With pride beating through his chest, a 2015 Ford F-150 engineer let it be known to a photographer taking a picture that the Blue Oval would remain triumphant over its Chevrolet rival. With his window up during inclement weather and but a brief instant to convey his message, he resorted to hand signals for his proclamation.
We, too, support the proud full-size truck segment as this vocal testing engineer does. And we think that he might be onto something with Ford’s indication that it will not secede sales leadership to any of its cross-town rivals.
The 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew seen testing here in camouflage is expected to expand upon its EcoBoost turbocharged engine offerings, given the success the twin-turbocharged V-6 has seen in the current model. New trucks will likely shed a good amount of weight and employ active aerodynamics in an attempt to boost fuel economy and retain mpg superiority that has since been relieved to the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
If you look closely at the pictures, it looks as though the three-bar grille of the current model has been retained in some aspects. Yet, its headlights are scalloped in their middle, mimicking the design of the highly popular Ford Atlas concept truck that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Peeking through the heavy vinyl wrap appears to be blocky tail lights that also look like they were inspired by the Atlas’.
Aside from those features, all we can do is speculate at this point. Ford has been taking customers’ feedback to heart when designing its 2015 Ford F-150, and it’s likely to up its game with a multitude of more powerful and more efficient engines, transmissions that feature more than the current trucks’ six speeds, a hybrid system that it’s working on with Toyota, and more. We should have our first official look at the 2015 Ford F-150 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next year, and we’ll see the truck on dealer lots by the following summer.
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By Jacob Brown