Pricing has been released for the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 family which goes on sale later this year. While the numbers are up on all members of the country's best-selling vehicle line, the changes are more closely aligned to an across-the-board expansion of standard equipment than to the 2015 F-150's groundbreaking transition to lighter-weight, aluminum-intensive construction.
The entry level Ford F-150 XL Standard Cab with rear-drive and the new 3.5-liter/283-horsepower naturally aspirated Ti-VCT V6 opens at $26,615, which is a $395 bump over its 2014 counterpart. However, a sizable chunk of that is offset by new features that include telescoping capability for the tilt steering column, a 2.3-inch digital instrument-cluster info display, a 4.2-inch screen in the center stack and two additional speakers for the audio system. The F-150 XLT starts at $31,890, which reflects a $360 increase while the mid-line Lariat trim line opens at $39,880, a jump of $1,045.
At the top of the F-150 range, the 2015 King Ranch model starts at $49,690 and the primo Platinum begins at $52,155, increases of $3,615 and $3,055, respectively. However, Ford has further sweetened the already-rich feature mix of these two V8-powered luxo trucks with new standards like LED head/tail/cargo box/side-mirror spot lamps, power tailgate lock and release, power folding mirrors and a Blind Spot Information System. Inside, both gain an 8.0-inch central productivity screen in place of the 4.2-inch unit used previously, pushbutton start, dual 110V/400W AC power outlets, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
Stepping up from the base 3.5-liter V6 to the new 325-horsepower/2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 will cost $495 and moving to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that currently makes 365 horses will add $1,995 to the bottom line. However, that figure actually represents a $100 decrease from 2014. One other area of reduction is in the number of F-150 models that will initially be on offer. The F-150 STX, Limited, Tremor and audacious SVT Raptor all will be missing in action. However, given its continuing popularity, don't be surprised to see a next-gen Raptor take flight again before too long.
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