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2015 Ford F-150 Towing, Horsepower Numbers Revealed

It's been seven months since we first saw the 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2014 Detroit auto show, but we haven't heard a peep about its power and towing capabilities. Until now, that is.

The new, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine puts out 325 hp and 375 lb-ft, and will tow up to 8500 pounds.

The naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6—not to be confused with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine already offered in the outgoing F-150—puts out 283 hp and 255 lb-ft, and will tow up to 7600 pounds.

Ford also revealed payload for the two engines: 1910 pounds for the 3.5-liter and 2250 for the 2.7-liter. These max ratings are achieved with a 3.73-axle ratio and comply with the SAE's J2807 testing standards - with which General Motors and Ram trucks now also comply.

The 3.5-liter V-6, which will be the base engine in the 2015 Ford F-150, matches evenly with competitors—both the Chevrolet Silverado with a 4.3-liter V-6 and the Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter V-6 tow up to 7600 pounds. The new EcoBoost offering is a bit of an in-betweener—it tows more than other sixes but can't match the five-figure ratings of V-8 offerings.

Ford contends that most customers tow fewer than 8000 pounds. It also touts the real-world performance of a turbo engine, which should produce more torque at high altitudes than normally aspirated competitors. Coolant runs through the integrated exhaust manifold to help keep this small, high-output engine from overheating under heavy loads.

Of course, those who seek more capability will have options—the 2015 Ford F-150 will still offer a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. What do those tow, you ask? We don't know yet. Ford is saving that info—along with pricing and fuel economy numbers for all the trucks—for a later date.

This slow, piecemeal delivery of information is pretty common for highly anticipated new products—automakers love to control the news cycle for as long as possible. But it's perhaps more understandable here considering all the attention the 2015 Ford F-150 has received for its aluminum construction. Ford says it's spent much of the time since the Detroit auto show reveal convincing potential owners of the durability and serviceability of the lightweight material. On that front, Ford expects to finish training 800 dealers to repair the aluminum bodywork by the end of August. The 2015 Ford F-150 hits the streets at the end of this year.