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5 Cool New Features on the 2015 Ford F-150

The big news for the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is its new aluminum body that saves around 700 lbs compared with the outgoing model. But along with this big innovation come many smaller innovations. Here are five highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150's new features that include everything from active safety technology to cargo hauling solutions.

Blind-Spot Detection System

The redesigned 2015 truck is the first F-150 to offer a blind-spot monitor. Unlike most systems which mount their radar sensors in the rear bumper, Ford has integrated the 2015 Ford F-150's sensors into the taillights. This means the sensors are less susceptible to damage and allows for a cleaner integration. These sensors also allow for a cross-path detection system, which is optional on higher trim levels of the F-150 just like the blind-spot monitoring system.

Seamless Sliding Rear Window

The 2015 Ford F-150 features a new rear window design from supplier Magna that makes for a sleeker appearance compared with most power sliding rear truck windows. The so-called "seamless" window does away with the separate panes of glass and seams on the rear window and instead provides a flush, single-piece rear window with a sliding middle insert. This helps save a small amount of weight, provides a slightly cleaner appearance, and affords a continuous heating defrost grid that can operate even when the sliding window is open.

Integrated Tailgate Step

Ford introduced its tailgate step system on the last F-150, and the new generation of this handy tool is slightly easier to use and more integrated into the tailgate. Whereas the last tailgate step's grab handle protruded from the tailgate even when not in use, the new version folds entirely into a compartment in the tailgate, meaning that the bed surface completely flat when the step is folded.

LED Lighting Throughout

The new F-150 uses LED lighting elements in three key areas: for the headlights, in the bed, and in the side mirrors. The LED headlights make for better visibility and last longer than traditional halogen bulbs. LED lights are also embedded in the walls of the bed to provide brighter illumination of the cargo box. And finally, the 2015 Ford F-150 has LED spotlights mounted under the side mirrors to give off light around the sides of the truck.

Smart Trailer Tow

Thanks to a new wiring harness, drivers can check the status of their trailer connection through the F-150's touchscreen infotainment system. This will alert drivers if there are any issues with the trailer, such as a burned out taillight or any problems with the trailer battery. There is also a system called Trailer Hitch Assist that uses the existing rearview camera to provide guidelines for hitching up a trailer.