Underpinning the pick-up is an all-new, high-strength steel frame, on which sits an aluminium-alloy body. The use of alloys helps cut weight by 318kg, compared to the current model, improving performance and economy.
Four engines will be offered in the latest F150 line-up. A new 2.7-litre turbocharged 'EcoBoost' petrol joins the existing 3.5-litre EcoBoost; Ford will also offer a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 and a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8.
EcoBoost versions of the F150 benefit further from the addition of 'Active Grille Shutters', which work to boost efficiency by closing at speed to reduce drag. All feature electronic power-assisted steering, which further helps to cut fuel consumption.
A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard on all models; power is sent to the rear wheels, or to all four on higher-specification models.
The F150 is one of Ford's most popular pick-ups, with it achieving the heady status of being America's best-selling pick-up for 37 consecutive years. It's not just popular with those seeking a practical work vehicle either; in fact the F150 was America's best-selling car overall for some 32 years too.
Ford says that the new 2015 F150 has undergone a series of gruelling trials and torture tests in order to ensure its durability and continued success. Test mules are claimed to have covered some 10 million miles, undergoing trials, and even participated - in disguised form - in the Baja 1000 rally.
"More than ever before, customers want a truck that is a dependable partner, mobile office and a go-anywhere workshop," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.