Saturday, June 27, 2015

Aluminum now part of 2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 4 x 4 Supercab is perfect for year-round farm duty
When the 2015 Ford F-150s rolled out at auto shows and dealerships, the public learned that aluminum was now a part of the frame composition. Adding few tweaks to the look of the exterior body helps to present the entire package as new, and I was able to test drive a 4 x 4 Supercab version of this truck in the striking Blue Flame Metallic color. This F-150 may be lighter with the new aluminum, but it is the same height and size dimensions that keep it feeling like a full-size truck.

Supercab Doors Open in opposite directions
The 2.76-liter V6 Ecoboost engine powers this model of the F-150 that spans a whopping 145-inch wheelbase. Driving the car in both town and country I found that the truck’s size was similar to many other trucks and SUVs on the road. While on the farm, the truck offered no resistance when cruising around the edge of cornfields, or crossing freshly plowed dirt and dust that is waiting for rain and fall food plot plantings.

Dashboard console controls
A heat wave has gripped the Lowcountry for more than a week now and the Ecoboost engine comes with the Auto Start-Stop feature as standard. This engine with 325 horsepower and 375 pound of torque allows towing capability of 8,500 pounds and payloads of up 2,250-pounds. The way the Start-Stop feature works is that when the vehicle comes to a stop, and one’s foot is on the brake, the engine shuts off to reduce fuel usage. As soon as one’s foot is lifted from the brake pedal the engine starts back up.

To view this article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

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