Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option
The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler’s Ram 1500 by offering a ”super fuel economy” or SFE package
For 2015, Ford is offering a special package, or “SFE” for short, on the new aluminum-bodied F-150. Available on either XL or XLT models, the SFE aims to curb consumption thanks in part to the company’s newest V6 engine, a lightweight 2.7-liter twin-turbo featuring stop-start technology.
Ford spokesman Mike Levine later confirmed that the SFE option will be available for the XL and XLT trim levels, which together make up 70 percent of total F-150 sales.
It will also be offered on two different body styles: regular cab and SuperCab, he said.
Trucks equipped with the SFE package will ride on 17-inch wheels and tires, among the smallest available on any full-size pickup on the market today.
The engine used for the SFE option will be the new, smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V-6 that will launch on the 2015 F-150.
Arguably one of the biggest stories in 2014 is the all-new, aluminum Ford F-150.
As one of America’s most sold vehicles on an annual basis, it’s a big deal that the Blue Oval has decided to make such drastic changes.
Now one thing that didn’t come to light until today was this thought: what if the all-new F-150 SFE is more fuel efficient than its clean diesel competition? To be more specific, the RAM EcoDiesel pick-up truck.
According to Ford, the SFE model will come in the XL trim and be powered by the company’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 motor. In addition it will do all it can to make it more fuel efficient, one example is the 17-inch wheels that will continue to help lower weight.
One has to ask why would Ford go through all the expense of switching its already hot selling pick-up to aluminum if it didn’t want to be the class leader in mpg. Sure, the RAM is equipped with a diesel powerplant but that only means success for Ford if it can do the same or better from an mpg perspective. Keep in mind that the EcoDiesel costs a pretty penny straight away.
So, what say you? Does Ford NEED to blow away its competition with its mpg?
Mike Levine har länkat till denna artikeln på sin twittersida. Det tyder på att den är rätt så riktig beträffande diesel jmfr bensin
Right now, Ford is up against GM’s new-for-2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which get an EPA-rated 24 miles per gallon on the highway in their most efficient versions
It seems unlikely that a gasoline-powered F-150 will top the diesel Ram. But Ford can argue that the diesel Ram is in a different class, with some justification.
Snart så skingras dimmorna
Let the war begin………..