Ford made a big splash at the Detroit Auto Show in January when it introduced its redesigned, mostly aluminum F-150 pickup truck. Now, the automaker is sending the truck, which it says is 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, around the country to give journalists and dealers a closer look.
According to a New York Times report, Ford brought the new trucks to a parking lot near MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last week, along with a stripped-down frame and separate aluminum body for display purposes. The aluminum construction is novel. The body panels are not only lighter than steel panels, but also a thicker gauge.Representatives at the display said the new metal was stronger and, unlike steel, won’t rust.
The steel frame features an extra cross member for added rigidity, Ford says, and was dipped in an electrically applied rust preventive coating after being galvanized.
Ford representatives praised the new turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine, the latest in its EcoBoost lineup. Although the engine’s displacement number may seem small for a truck, it produces 325 horsepower and 375 pound feet of torque. Ford says 2.7-equipped F-150s are capable of carrying a 2,250-pound payload in the bed, or of towing 8,500 pounds. Out in front of the display sat an F-150 with a 1,200-pound pumpkin in its bed, supposedly an example of the truck’s load-carrying prowess.
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