The All New 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 Platinum – From Excursion Trip to the 7 Star Hotel Driveway
Dumping the Idiom
If I were to tell you that while doing some research on Ford F-150, I realized that it is one of the longest-running nameplates in the history of Ford Motors Corporation and that’s since 1948. F-150, the jewel in the crown of Ford is also one of the best-selling pickups for past 43 years in both USA and Canada combined. A staggering 33,000,00 F-150 were produced as of June 2013 and new figure yet to be collated. But that was until the 12th generation. And all of them were based on the business axiom: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! And of course Ford maintained it; from old school pushrod engines to the medieval chemical element: the iron and the steel.
However, In 2013 Ford revealed the Atlas Concept a preview of its 13th generation model. At the same time dumping the idiom. Signaling a monumental change: from the twin-turbo engines (Ecoboost, in Ford parlance) to the next colossal change is the primary usage of high strength military grade aluminum in place of the steel.
That Ford Atlas concept wasn’t anything like a crystal ball experience, in fact, all was a reality. Early skeptics were sidelined. Cautiously Ford started to build up the perception by taking bold steps at a time. First, it was the 3.5l V6 Ecoboost engine replacing the old iron block pushrod engines. The uproar was sudden and imminent from all corners along with the sarcasm, yet Ford proved everyone and shut them off once and for all.
The dust was hardly settled and this time FoMoCo introduced its breadwinner the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup majorly made out of Aluminum. An approximately 700 pounds lighter than exiting version coupled with Ecoboost engines. Again Ford met the same reactions. Yet again all cynics were pushed out of the game pitch. It all started to make sense, 2015 F-150 is the sum of all parts!
The Future-Smart Design 8.5/ 10
This week, when the 2015 F-150 Platinum done in Magnetic color arrived in MyRVM garage. F-150 FX4 looked stunning as it was fitted with the optional FX4 Off road graphics on either sides. If the Platinum trim makes the F150 looks super lux then the FX4 Offroad package adds the aggressiveness at the same time. There’s no denying that whoever saw the 2015 F150 were jaw dropped. The massive front three-bar grille is satin and large headlights come with Quad-Beam LED Headlamps and further accentuated with signature LED markers on the inside and LED daytime running lights on the outside makes the appearance awesome. F-150 also features for the first time a flush fitted laser cut power slide center window on the rear screen. Also, the Platinum exclusive is the rear door applique in satin finish with no-to-be-missed big P l a t i n u m lettering. Also unique are the segment first, LED Side-Mirror Spotlights that can be switched at any time to illuminate the nearby campsite.
The super lux F-150 Platinum cabin is the place to be. It’s vast and bright and airy. Most the materials used are of premium quality. All leather-covered dashboard is complimented the satin finish inserts and warm ambiance is added with wooden appliques. The seats are the size of sofas and are beautifully crafted to provide better support in any driving condition and of course, benefited with the aircon vents.
This is the pickup that yet another once has to lead the competition. Hence, not only it has to look good and feel good, but at the same time, it has to be better than its arch rivals. Every space in the cabin is utilized to increase productivity. Hence attention to detail is paid as every button is designed to function or the dials are easy to grab even when the gloves are worn. With the additional USB/ SD card media hubs to the wall socket supplying 12- volt and 110-volt/400-watt power points. Extra provision is provided under the rear seats to for the working paraphernalia.
Heart of the Matter 8.5/ 10
Ironically, our tester, the F-150 FX4 Platinum isn’t fitted with 3.5l V6 Ecoboost engine that puts out 365 hp and lofty 420 lb.ft of torque. Instead, the duty is delegated to the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8. It’s the same Coyote engine that is newly designed from the ground-up to power the Ford Mustang GT. To perform duty in the pickup the engine is rated with formidable numbers: 385hp @ 5750 rpm with the peak torque at 387 lb/ft @ 3850 rpm. A similarly equipped Chevrolet Silverado comes with a 6.0 V8 with 360hp at 5400 rpm. The Dodge Ram 1500 equipped with 5.7 HEMI V8 puts out 383hp and 400 lb/ ft. The newly introduced Toyota Tundra (U.S model) a favorite here in the Middle East region is equipped with 381 hp and 401 lb/ft. of torque. So all are equally same in the spitting distance. It’s safe to assume that more or less all truck would weigh in a similar range. But this is where Ford clinches the initial title by undercutting a tremendous 700 lbs less than the competition.
Press that starter button to bring the smooth revving 5.0 V8 to life. The pronounced sound from the exhaust is just right. Not intimidating, but enough to know that sound is the result of the real power – pack. Let’s, puts the 6-speed select-shift gear lever into drive. But I realized it’s a big vehicle to maneuver around the town. Especially when I performed an idiotic move by taking a U-turn from the end of the street which is devoid of the U-turn curve. Damn! It became a three-point turn. To my fortunate luck, there was nobody behind otherwise someone must’ve rear-ended. Surely, a lesson learned here. Back on the road again, I was surprised that I started to enjoy the drive and 5.0 V8 was instantly responsive and in no time the big F-150 FX4 Platinum was behaving like an SUV. Totally poised, the drive was smooth and I was enjoying sitting high on top in the command position. That’s due to the fact the vision outside is remarkable, thanks to the lower window, built-in 1 inch than the previous F150 and then waterfall drop line further 2 inches below where the big towing side-mirrors are installed. The road noise or any other sound that may make you think or quality concerns are thrown out of the window and the fit and finish promised quite a compliant ride.
I spent no time in taking the F-150 to the dunes. And why not, it’s equipped with an Off-Road FX4 pack. The F-150 felt as if it’s the normal environment. However, once in the desert, I realized the capability to go further or involve in dune bashing got hampered due to that front aerodynamic lip spoiler that was fitted to help increase the fuel economy, became a snag. So here’s my advice to FoMoCo engineers: ”make the lip spoiler as a detachable one. It must be driver dependable according to the condition of the track and environment. Because if it stays there, down below the ability to go further is restrained”.
Tech Overload – Safety – 9.0/ 10
Ford has pulled out all the stops and make the best use of the opportunity. Billed as the “safest Ford F-150 ever”. Ford has introduced many safety features than before. 5-Star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thanks to 31 safety-related innovations.
Safety starts with the frame’s high-strength steel. A fully boxed frame features eight cross-members (five through-welded) made of up to 78 percent high-strength steel (up from 23 percent in the previous generation). Curve Control feature to help drivers stay on their intended path. Standard AdvanceTrac with RSC. Standard trailer sway control. Furthermore, it comes with my fav radar cruise control, an industry first here. Yet it doesn’t stop here, as there one more magic Ford has thrown in and that’s the auto park assist. Yes, this whale of a pickup truck can auto park when I was having a hard time maneuvering in Dubai Mall parking lot.
An advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags available inflatable rear safety belts in SuperCrew models – a segment-first innovation. Available Inflatable rear outboard safety belts available in four-door SuperCrew (compatible with child safety seats) – a segment-first feature.
Buyers Guide to the Premium Lifestyle 8.5/10
Perhaps this is another lifestyle car, pickup truck or vehicle, whatever the fancy name you’d like. The primary purpose of carrying heavy bails or loading the cattle isn’t the very function of this Platinum badge’d truck. Instead, it’ll be rather cool: If you load a couple of ATVs and some more in the large rear bed and haul a horse trailer. If you’re one of the potential buyers and shopping for a pickup truck. Then look no further than this F-150, with towing ability of up to 12,200 lbs you can tow a good size boat. And when at last, you’re done with the excursion on the rugged terrains you can valet park the F-150 FX4 Platinum in a 7-star luxury hotel because it’s that luxury with a premium price tag of AED 235000/
Note: Ford F-150 starts at AED 145,000 for the base and ends at AED 235,000 for the example tested above.