Our spy photographers caught the 2015 Ford F-150 testing on public roads, but this time lighter camouflage allows us to see the next-generation truck's headlight and grille design. These photos provide the best proof yet that the 2015 Ford F-150 will co-opt much of the brash styling seen on the Ford Atlas concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show.
Just as on the Atlas concept, this 2015 Ford F-150 has a chunk of plastic the cuts into the headlight assembly and produces a C-shape. At the outside fender edge, too, an angled corner cuts into the headlight in much the same way as was seen on the concept version. As for the grille, the 2015 Ford F-150 appears to reprise the Atlas concept's three large horizontal chrome bars, but adds a vertical bar that serves to anchor the enormous Blue Oval badge on the truck's nose.
Although it's far from conclusive, the presence of these styling cues indicates that the production 2015 Ford F-150 will closely adhere to the design set out at the Detroit show with the Ford Atlas concept. From our previous spy photos, we can tell the new pickup truck will have a boxy design with a slightly angled cab roof, and reasonably flat body panels. Notably, the beltline on SuperCab and SuperCrew trucks appears to kink upward on the rear door, a common styling trend that can create a more dramatic greenhouse shape. The truck also has a low plastic air dam below the front bumper, likely one of many aerodynamic aids to reduce the truck’s drag coefficient and boost its fuel-economy ratings.
As for what will feature beneath the skin, the 2015 Ford F-150 is widely expected to drop as much as 700 pounds when the all-new truck adopts more aluminum and high-strength steel for its construction. Updated versions of the truck's current powertrains will most likely carry over, meaning we can expect a 3.7-liter V-6, a 5.0-liter V-8, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and a 6.2-liter V-8, though the 2015 Ford F-150 might ditch its six-speed automatic transmission in favor of a new ten-speed unit co-developed with General Motors.
The 2015 Ford F-150 will go on sale next year and will likely make its public debut at a major auto show in early 2014.