Report: The aluminum Ford F150 debate begins – will it result in real-world advantages?

When Ford introduced the all-new 2015 F150 pickup truck, it didn’t look like much of a revolutionary change for the industry. Though the star in the spotlight is more than just skin deep as the 2015 Ford F150 offers an all-aluminum body, a first for the industry.

That said, because it is a fairly big change, experts are trying to predict if such a change to aluminum could result into real-world changes, mainly in the fuel economy department. This sort of risk assessment is necessary because aluminum costs more than tradition steel, isn’t as abundant, and is harder to mend should a collision occur. Ford has been preparing for the changes, equipping its dealers and shops with special equipment designed to fix aluminum body panels. But still, is it worth all the effort?

WardsAuto is trying to find out to see if the future really lies in the lightweight and complex metal that also doubles as your daily food wrapping. Do you think the aluminum body is going to be worth the height? Or is it going to fall short like Ford’s EcoBoost V6 fuel economy improvements on the last F150?

Let us know in the comments below,

Source: WardsAuto

Chris Chin

Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech Freelance Automotive Journalist / Editor / Photographer

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