All-New Ford F150 Platinum

by Mike Hunter

2015 Ford F150 PlatiniumFord has reinvented the technology behind engineering a tough and eco-friendly truck with this 2015 all-new edition of the most-awarded truck in history. The F150 combines high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy for the body and bed and a new, fully boxed, high-strength steel frame to create a rigid foundation that makes this model more capable and effective. Weighing nearly 700 pounds less than last year’s model, this all-new version is the future of tough trucks.

Three engine options are the 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT FFV, the 3.5L EcoBoost and the 5.0L v8 FFV, each serving its power purpose. The EcoBoost engine achieves great low-end torque and capacity combined with efficiency that elevates the eco-friendly engine to a new level. The trusted eight-cylinder power from the 5.0L engine has a best-in-class payload rating of 3,300 lbs. with more than a half ton over its nearest competitor. With 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque, this V8 demonstrates the power of the F150.

Other technologies this F150 brings to market are those on the dashboard that make navigation and suspension management as easy as using a smartphone. The all-new, 8-inch Productivity Screen offers greater convenience in navigating between screens and gauges to get the full picture of mechanical metrics, speed and diagnostics. Enhanced views of on-board communications and navigation are also a plus whether this is a luxury or worksite edition. Another enhancement of note is the optional moon roof that extends over the rear seats. It is constructed in two panels, and the front — in moon-roof tradition — opens and tilts.

The overall look of the new F150 Platinum remains, with several cosmetic and updated features that include LED headlamps and redesigned rear lamps. The segment-first LED spotlights in the mirrors illuminate tasks at hand from just about any angle long after the sun has set. The unique genuine wood-grain trim, leather, premium sound system and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels make this a luxury beast for the road, the worksite and just a night on the town.

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