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3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
V8 what? EcoBoost V6 is probably going to be a hot seller for the F-150

When we brought you news of Ford's overhauled F-150 powertrain lineup for 2011, most people were quite happy with the changes made. However, there were some that were skeptical about the possible power ratings for the optional EcoBoost V6 engine.

Some simply weren't buying into the idea that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 -- a twin-turbocharged engine that sees duty in the Ford Taurus SHO and Ford Flex -- could possibly produce even more power in a truck platform that would undergo much more stress.

Today, however, Ford is giving the naysayers a healthy dish of crow to eat with the final power/torque figures for the EcoBoost V6 engine option in the 2011 Ford F-150. The engine will generate 365 hp at 5,000 rpm and an outrageous 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. Even more impressive is that 90 percent of peak torque will be available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Towing capacity with the new engine matches that of the larger 6.2-liter V8 engine option -- 11,300 pounds. Better still, all of this is achieved using regular unleaded fuel.

For comparison, the EcoBoost V6 generates 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm in the Taurus SHO.

The new EcoBoost will be a more expensive engine option than the 5.0-liter V8 which generates 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

“Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics,” said Jim Mazuchowski, Ford's V6 engines program manager. “The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.”

“Customers have embraced the EcoBoost solution of delivering the power they desire with the fuel economy they demand in a no-compromise package,” added Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “From the start, we have pledged that this solution applies to any engine and any customer. The EcoBoost truck engine for the 2011 F-150 will deliver those attributes and has been specially tuned and tested to deliver the best-in-class towing and capability our truck customers demand.”

The EcoBoost V6 engine option will be available for the F-150 in early 2011. Although Ford didn't give any specific fuel economy numbers for the engine, it will more than likely be more fuel efficient than the less powerful 5.0-liter V8.

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RE: GM lover
By rtrski on 9/21/2010 9:57:59 AM , Rating: 3
Ditto, except I am in the market. I only wish they were a bit quicker with the better mileage options, as I may take a pass on Ford this time.

Seriously like the Edge, but the mileage on it is still crap. Will look into the Fiesta pretty hard (it's State Fair season here in TX, so perfect time to go car-comparing!) but although it gets the BEST mileage of all the hatchback to midsize crossover type vehicles I'm interested in, it's also about the smallest in terms of usable space. Will have to see if that balances out against the very nice appointment (Sync, etc. feature set).

If they had an Edge with ecoboost now that got around 24-25 mpg combined, I'd be all over it. There's just no reason for 20 or under (combined) mpg unless** you're looking at high power / towing or high performance (sport), and I'm not looking for either, just a nice ride.

And as I think I've "outed" myself before on this page, my current ride is a Prius. Bought when I had a 55 mile commute each way to work. Been a not so bad car, but now that commute is around 30 mi, willing to drop a bit of economy for a bit more style. The 05 Pri will get handed down to college age daughter and should run another couple years at least (already at 125k miles and replaced nothing but a water pump and tires...aside from bodywork from being RE-ed).

Goes without saying, I won't even look at GM or Chrysler. Frakers. May be irrational, but they burned that bridge when they became Gubbamint Motors.

[**The caveat is intended to show I am NOT saying no one should buy a car with lower mileage. That's their choice as a consumer, not the choice of some eco-nazi-car-czar or whatever. It's simply my OPINION, as I'm not in a category that either "needs" or "wants" higher power. But neither do I "want" non-competitive fuel use. Compare say the Kia Sportage with 23-25 combined for different trim levels vs. the 18-20 for the Edge.]

RE: GM lover
By Spuke on 9/21/2010 2:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Compare say the Kia Sportage with 23-25 combined for different trim levels vs. the 18-20 for the Edge.]
2011 Edge is up to 22 combined now. Don't know if that makes a difference to you or not. And is the Sportage a competitor to the Edge? The Edge is decidedly more expensive. Not sure on that comparison. On my commute, I would get right at the 27 mpg mark or more (2011 Edge is 19/27/22). My wife would probably get ~25 mpg as she does more city driving than me. If you're doing mostly city, maybe you should stick to hybrids or even the VW TDI's. A gas car isn't going to be all that great in the city.

RE: GM lover
By rtrski on 9/22/2010 10:32:26 AM , Rating: 2
Whoa...thanks for posting. I hadn't checked the 2011 stats yet. That is enticing.

By the time I get the Kia configured the way I want its up into similar pricing. And they're both the 'smaller' crossover SUV offerings, so I would say they would be competitive. Really like Sync - especially the new touch. May have to check this out seriously this weekend. Sure they'll have one at the State Fair.

Thanks again!

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