The next-gen full-size pickups have been pushed forward by about nine months to fall 2018, with the next-gen full-size SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon following about a year later. Much like Ford’s aluminium bodied F-150, GM will mostly focus on lightening the new platform, which is being referred to internally as T1XX.
The new trucks won’t arrive until four years after the 2015 F-150, which dealers began accepting orders for this week. For the time being, Ford will most likely have the upper hand when it comes to fuel economy in the full-size segment, but GM will attempt to combat this with the smaller mid-size GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado.
Ford shaved 700 lbs out of the F-150 for the 2015 model year, mostly thanks to the use of lightweight aluminum and a small, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Today notes that some models, such as the base model for each truck, are similar in weight. A base model 2014 Silverado tips the scales at 4,392 pounds (1,992 kg), compared with the 4,497-pound (2,040-kg) total for the comparable 2015 F-150.
Ford’s truck communications manager, Mike Levine, told Today that Ford will continue to improve the truck after the 2015 model year as it looks for further fuel efficiency gains.
“It’s not like we’re sitting still after ’15,” Levine said. “We’ll continue to improve the F-150.”