As Agent 001 just wrote in our 2014 predictions, 2014 is going to be an epic year when it comes to the truck showdown.

And, we think that Ford is bringing out its big guns with the all-new F-Series.

What better place to debut such a vehicle than the biggest automotive event in North America? That's right, we're thinking that the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) will be the place where Ford delivers a knock-out blow to the competition.

That's if the rumors are true.

Speculation bubbling to the surface pre-show indicates that the 2015 Ford F-Series may benefit from a diet. A HUGE one. Ford has been on the record stating that all of its products are undergoing some form of lightening the load and that the target across the lineup is upwards of 250-750 pounds.

Now if the Ford F-Series can benefit from a decrease of nearly 800 pounds as we've seen in the likes of the all-new Land Rover Range Rover and soon-to-be replaced Audi Q7, that's going to make a significant difference from a performance and mpg perspective.

Imagine an F-150 with an EcoBoost powerplant and weighing another 750 pounds less?

And if it looks as good as the Atlast Concept — we think that concept was VERY telling — it may mark the end of General Motors' efforts.

**If you'd like to see MORE photos of the Ford Atlas Concept, check them out via the link.

But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150.

And it’s not just a restyled pickup with a few more features. The 2015 Ford F-Series is expected to mark a dramatic shift in a market segment that’s come roaring back over the last 12 months, with the Detroit maker opting for a new, aluminum-intensive design that should shed hundreds of pounds compared to the outgoing pickup – in the process improving fuel consumption by perhaps 5 miles per gallon...

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DETROIT AUTO SHOW: RUMOR! Is The All-New Ford F-Series In The Batter's Box For A Big-Time Detroit Debut?

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