Benefits of an Aluminum Truck Body
Ford has received a lot of attention recently for utilizing high-strength aluminum in the construction of the latest generation F-150. This decision has lead to many questions from truck shoppers. How does an aluminum body affect truck performance? There are many benefits of an aluminum truck body.
High-Strength Aluminum Construction
By utilizing high-strength, lightweight aluminum Ford engineers are able to lighten the truck significantly while improving the strength of the body. Aluminum alloy can be thicker than steel, allowing for increased strength, but the lighter material allows for the potential of saving weight. The high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body helps the F-150 save up to 700 pounds over the previous generation.
Benefits of a Lighter Truck Body
The lighter aluminum body leads to multiple benefits for F-150 owners. A lighter truck body helps improve performance and fuel economy ratings. When equipped with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, the F-150 is able to earn up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highways.
2018 will also see the introduction of a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 engine. Ford is anticipating this new engine will earn fuel economy ratings of up to 30 miles per gallon on the highways. Models equipped with this engine will be available starting in the spring of 2018.
The 2018 Ford F-150 is available here at OC Welch Ford. Go see OC to take this impressive new truck for a test drive. Our inventory can be viewed here on our website.