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?
Ford Motor Co. hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150.
The Super Fuel Economy package -- or SFE -- will come on the XL model. It will be powered by the company’s newest engine: a lightweight and compact 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 equipped with stop-start.
Ford’s dealer ordering guide shows the vehicle available only with 17-inch wheels, some of the smallest available in the big pickup segment, to lower weight and reduce rolling friction...