July 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Ford reveals details about engines in aluminum-body F-150s

New Ford F-150
New Ford F-150: Doug Scott, Marketing manager, Ford Trucks, displays the weight difference between the 2014 and 2015 F-150 truck.

Dearborn — Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated.

The new truck will be offered with a base 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. And in a direct comparison with a steel-body 2014 F-150, Ford showed a 732-pound weight difference — more than the 700-pound estimate given when the 2015 pickup was revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, powertrain engineering. “These two new V-6 engines — the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT — set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

In addition to the two new engines, the 2015 F-150 will offer a 3.5-liter EcoBoost and a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8. Details on those engines were not released Tuesday.

Pricing for truck with the base 3.5-liter V-6 and optional engines was not released.

The base engine will produce 283 horsepower, 255 pound-feet of torque, a payload of 1,910 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. It represents a 5 percent increase in power-to-weight ratio over the 3.7-liter V-6 engine in the 2014 model.

“This is the standard engine for the customer that really values price, value and low operating cost,” said Doug Scott, Ford’s truck group marketing manager. “They may not have as much tow need, but operating cost rules the day.”

Ford expects the standard 3.5-liter will account for about 15 percent of its sales. The other three engines will each capture about 28 percent of sales, Scott said.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost will have 325 horsepower, 375 pound-feet of torque, a payload of 2,160 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 8,400 pounds.

“This is an engine that is designed for our core customer,” Scott said. “This is a customer that doesn’t need max towing ... a good amount of payload, but maximum fuel economy. This customer will drive more miles on an annual basis than any other customer in our lineup.”

The truck will be available in five trim levels, ranging from XL to Platinum.

“We’re able to marry that cab and the series configurations with the four engines to deliver the right engine for every customer,” Scott said.

Ford tested its 2015 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine against a Ram 1500 3-liter V-6 EcoDiesel and a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V-8 in Arizona. All three trucks towed a 7,000-pound enclosed trailer for three miles.

In three races, Ford found that the F-150 beat the Ram 1500 each race, and beat the Silverado in two of the three races.

Ford weighed both trucks for members of the media Tuesday at its Dearborn Development Center. Scott said the weight savings will fluctuate, but will at least be 625 pounds and could go even higher than the 732 number.

Ford will release mileage numbers at a later date.

The 2015 F-150 will be built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. It will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford trucks, shows off the weight difference between the 2014 F-150 on the left and the 2015 F-150 on Tuesday. / Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News