When you buy a pickup truck, you typically have a choice between three cab styles: regular, extended, and crew. There are pros and cons of truck cabs of each type, and which one is right for you depends on your needs.
Regular cabs are two-door cabs with a single bench seat and room for two or three people at most. These have the advantage of being the cheapest kind of cab, but they’re also the least practical if you ever want to carry more than one person in your truck with you. Regular cabs aren’t really family trucks, but they make great commercial vehicles.
Crew cabs are the opposite of regular cabs—they have much larger cabins, with a spacious backseat similar to a car’s backseat and full-size doors. Crew cabs also typically have a smaller bed, though, so if you need something that has a lot of space for hauling and you still need backseat room, maybe opt for an extended cab.
The extended cab has a full-size bed with a small backseat and narrow doors. It’s best for drivers who won’t have passengers all the time and whose passengers are generally small children.
The Ford F-150 is the bestselling truck in the United States by a long shot. It offers an enormous number of trims, cabs, and options, making it one of the most customizable trucks on the market. The full-size pickup is missing something though, namely a diesel engine. Spotted testing not long ago, a Ford F-150 diesel may be closer to reality than previously thought.
Diesel engines are known for improving fuel efficiency, mainly in trucks and larger SUVs. Currently the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel holds the top spot for full-size pickup fuel economy but the F-150 diesel could knock it down to second place. If combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission currently in development with General Motors, this will most likely be the case.
Possible diesel engines could be pulled from Land Rover, one of Ford’s former possessions. Land Rover SUVs currently use a V6 from Ford’s family of engines. If so, the 3-liter V6 could produce 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.
Competitors are picking up the pace as well. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel accounts for 15% of the truck’s sales. Nissan launched a new Titan with a 5-liter diesel V8 under the hood. GMC and Chevrolet offer a 2.8-liter diesel four cylinder in their midsize pickups.
We won’t see it on dealer lots or publicly available for another year or so, but that isn’t stopping Ford from building hype around the F-150 Raptor. The automaker released a video of the all-new Raptor prototype during a test run.
It seems that not only is it okay to get the F-150 Raptor dirty, it’s almost a requirement.
The video shows the Ford F-150 Raptor taking on an off-road course consisting of hills, log climbing, and powering through water. That’s good news considering the enormous tires the new Raptor has to fill.
The 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine is certainly enough to push through most off-road obstacles with 450 hp. That’s a definite improvement over the outgoing 6.2-liter V8 engine that produced 411 hp in any case.
In addition to a more powerful engine, the Raptor will also carry an aluminum body that will reduce weight by about 500 lbs. That will help both performance and fuel economy. A new 10-speed automatic transmission will also play a key role in the Raptor’s efficiency.
The Ford F-150 Raptor will hit showrooms in fall 2016 and won’t have much competition, if any. So far, no other automaker has confirmed they’re interested in creating an off-road monster.
The new 2015 Ford F-150 did not appear in a vacuum. In fact, as the Detroit Free Press notes, its development began in 2008 with thousands of people working to prove that the new aluminum construction was feasible.
The new aluminum body was a huge part of why it took so much development and ingenuity on the part of Ford engineers. That and other extraordinary innovations are also why the Ford team that was responsible for the F-150’s development received the Detroit Free Press Engineering Leadership Award.
For anyone who has experienced the new F-150, it’s clear why the Ford F-150 engineering award was handed out. For those who haven’t experienced this very special truck, Ford has launched a new marketing campaign that will enlighten the American people to the many technological breakthroughs that the 2015 Ford F-150 has to offer, such as lighting for the cargo box and 360-degree rear camera that both work to enhance safety and convenience.
How long have you been waiting for the all-new F-150? Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, it feels like forever. But, as hard as it is to believe sometimes, the release date is actually getting closer. In fact, we received another reminder recently, as Ford announced that dealers are starting to place their orders for the all-new, lightweighted pickup truck. Pricing, additional features, and tow rating for the next-generation F-150 were all revealed as well.
The orders just started this Monday, and since that F-150 is America’s best-selling truck for the better part of the past four decades, we’d guess that they are pretty large orders. They’d better be, because these 2015 Ford F-150s are set to be even bigger and better than any previous Ford pickup model. Originally, customers might have been skeptical about the new, radically different pickup, but they’ve since changed their tune. Mark Smith, president of Dick Smith Ford, a dealer in Missouri, said, “As time has gone by and people have read more about the aluminum truck, apprehension has turned to excitement cialis comparatif prix.”
That excitement should build even higher after customers see the tow ratings posted by the new truck. The 2015 F-150’s base model engine, a 2.7L EcoBoost V6, posts tow and carry ratings almost as good as the current model’s 5.0L engine. Ford’s amazing new truck is obviously the best of all possible truck worlds, so check back with us soon for more information about it’s pending release. It really is coming—we promise!
The car industry has always prided itself on finding the easiest, safest way of making vehicles lighter and more fuel-efficient and it looks like they may have found it, thanks to the Ford F-150. As the 2015 F-150 hits markets this year with a brand-new aluminum body, the car industry has quickly come to realize that steel might be a thing of the past and the importance of aluminum in car body building is growing.
Already, other truck manufacturers have considered following the F-150’s lead, with Fiat Chrysler Automotives CEO Sergio Marchionne stating that the next-generation Ram, set to release in 2017, could also use aluminum if the aluminum F-150 sells well. According to a recent report from Ducker Worldwide, 18% of vehicles will have all-aluminum bodies by 2025, an increase from the current number, which is less than 1%.
The 2015 F-150 is set for production later this year and Ford will be building more than 700,000 units annually. Make sure you keep an eye on Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln to ensure that you won’t miss this new fuel-efficient truck’s debut!
Generally, when we own something of significant value, we take extra measures to care for that item. However, the opposite is true for the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. Ford engineers have been torturing the redesigned truck as evidence of the pickup’s high value. After all, it does have to live up to the “Built Ford Tough” slogan.
“We wanted to build the toughest, most capable F-150, while making it as much as 700 pounds lighter,” said Pete Reyes, chief engineer for the F-150. “We challenged the team to torture the truck harder than any F-150 before it.”
And challenge it they did.
Before the 2015 F-150 makes it to your driveway, the model will have endured extreme temperatures higher than 120 degrees and lower than -40; and it will have collectively conquered hundreds of tests and logged 10 million miles over diverse terrains.