A range of four engines, from a 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine with auto start-stop technology to a 5.0-liter V8 will be offered. Five primary trims will also be offered.
The F-150 will continue to be manufactured at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycom, Mo. Ford will invest $1.8 billion to renovate the plants. It has said that 2014 net income will decline as it invests in the new truck and makes the transition to selling it.
Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer said the F-150 will be the principal vehicle at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. "The F-150 is hugely important," Brauer said. "It will have so many upgrades as well as an aluminum structure, meaning a substantial drop in weight. Everything gets better when a vehicle gets lighter."
Edmunds.com analyst Jessica Caldwell said "there is already so much buzz around the F-150, a lot of questions about how the aluminum body will affect weight reduction, fuel economy and performance. I wonder if it will be something people embrace, or if people will think it strays too far from what a truck is. The traditional truck market is not used to radical change."Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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