What does the all-new F-150 have in common with the all-American classic burger? They both have mastered the art of sliding seamlessly in the hearts of consumers.
In an event at popular Detroit pub and slider joint, Green Dot Stables, Ford and Magna international introduced an all-new sliding rearview window design for the F-150, that hides seems; a first for power sliders in vehicles. The new hole-in-glass design eliminates exterior vertical seams traditionally found on pickups to provide clean and functional look.
"Delivering the latest in innovation and technology to our customer is a top priority for Ford,” said Noah Mass, Ford body mechanism manager. “The seamless sliding rear window is another great example of the intricate detail that goes into producing the next-generation F-150, setting it apart from any pickup on the market today.”
The seamless sliding window is comprised of two instead of three pieces of glass. One pane for sliding and another for exterior sound. The former design has three panes, a left pane, right pane and the center-sliding pane held together by a support structure.
Crafted with a physically lighter control module and advanced materials, the design also contributes to the 700 pounds shaved off of the F-150's complete weight. “The new design saves about a pound of weight compared to the outgoing model, weighing 20.74 pounds vs. 21.73 pounds,” said Troy Tooker, design engineering manager for Magna International. “Our supplier (PGW) saw an opportunity to create a high-volume program and is excited to work on this new product with Ford,” said Tooker.
The same supplier, Pittsburg Glass Works, also manufacturers water-jetting produced glass for the Ford Transit.
The all-new F-150 built from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy hits showrooms later this fall.