There likely won’t be a 2014 Ford F-150 Hybrid, but it looks like the next generation of the iconic Ford pickup is leaning that way. At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled their Atlas Concept truck, which offers many new technologies to help improve truck efficiency. It very much looks like this is the direction Ford is heading in for the next generation.
One of the things helping to improve fuel efficiency is aerodynamics. A car with lots of edges is going to encounter more wind resistance than one designed to let air flow over it. So, what if you could change how aerodynamic the car was for different conditions? The Atlas Concept featured active-wheel shutters and an intelligent chin spoiler that will do just that. According to Ford, these technologies will help the vehicle get better fuel economy than the current 2013 Ford F-150.
For the Atlas Concept, Ford wouldn’t give any specifics about what kind of powertrain it had other than it was a new EcoBoost powertrain. They did say it would be equipped with automatic start-stop, which allows the car to shut down to prevent wasting gas while idling. This helps more with the hybrid theory as the vehicle would likely require some form of electric motor to help power this system.
Besides new gas-saving technologies, the Atlas Concept also displayed a few other cool features. One was a multi-function tailgate step that could also be used for cradling cargo and allows drivers to strap down longer materials to the roof. Dynamic Hitch Assist was added to the vehicle, which will automatically line up the tow hitch to the trailer and make everyone’s life easier. Another nifty feature was a 360-degree camera that can be used to make lane changes, reverse safely, and make parking a breeze.
Learn More at Terry’s Ford of Peotone
Come to Terry’s Ford to learn about recent Ford pickup truck updates and take the current 2013 F-150 out for a test drive. We’re located at 363 South Harlem Avenue in Peotone, IL, about 25 minutes north of Bradley along IL-50 North. Our lot is right across the street from Dollar General.