Ford Motor Company showcased the newest version of its F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Auto Show on Wednesday.
The new F-150 uses aluminum body construction, allowing the truck to shed almost 700 pounds of weight. The truck will also be the first to use Ford’s new V-6 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine, which Ford said can produce power comparable with some mid-sized V-8 engines.
Between the weight savings and the new engine, the pickup will get up to 25 miles per gallon, according to some industry experts. Those experts are also predicting Ford will pair up the new EcoBoost engine with a 10-speed transmission which may allow the pickup to get up to 30 miles per gallon.
Production of the truck is slated to begin at Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., truck plant at the end of this year, with production beginning at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo soon after that.