Pickup truck wars are hotter than ever, and it’s happening in all segments. The heavy duty diesels are one-upping each other on torque (see 2015 Ram HD). GM is pushing the midsize segment with the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Of course, the half-ton or light duty segment is the most popular and the most contended.
Ram is attacking the fuel economy with the 3.0L EcoDiesel and 8-speed automatic transmission. GM is not far behind with the latest news on the 2015 Silverado and Sierra trucks getting the 8-speed automatic. Of course, Ford is making a giant leap with an all-aluminum body construction for lighter weight and higher efficiency.
Then, there is the question of towing capability. All of the manufacturers are complying (or moving to comply) with the SAE J2807 standard for measuring towing performance, and GM is currently the highest in the light duty segment with a 12,000 lbs maximum rating for a truck equipped with the 6.2L V8, 2WD, and 3.73 rear end gears.
We have insider information that Ford is looking at a maximum tow rating of above 12,000 lbs for the upcoming 2015 Ford F-150. And their official announcement to this effect will be made at the 2014 State Fair of Texas. We know that the next F-150 will have a stiff frame and powerful drive-trains. And the weight savings could allow them the higher payload and towing ratings.
Check out this TFLtruck video of the truck from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.