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The all-new F-150 making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week might initially look like little more than an evolutionary step forward for the best-selling pickup. But with its shift from steel to aluminum Ford hopes to rewrite the rules in the tough-truck segment.

The 2015 Ford F-150 weighs in at anywhere from 500 to more than 700 pounds lighter, depending on model, than the most recent version of the truck.

The F-150’s aluminum-intensive design has other advantages: The unique aluminum alloys used in the 2015 truck are actually more ding and dent-resistant than conventional steel.

Among other features:

  • A remote release available for the tailgate, which also offers fold-out steps. The cargo bed has been completely redesigned and adds new storage and tie-down options.
  • High-tech touches, including the latest in Ford’s Sync-based infotainment technology, starting with a larger touchscreen, as well as a new 8-inch reconfigurable LCD screen for the gauge cluster.
  • A new 360-view monitor so a driver can see what’s around the big rig.

As for powertrains, Ford will drop the F-Series’ big 6.2-liter V-8 but is adding a second turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain, this one displacing 2.7-liters and capable of handling up to an 8,000-pound tow load.

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