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Ford EcoBoost V6 used in the F-150  (Source: Ford Motor Company)
Boosted V6 proves to be a popular option with consumers

We reported in September of last year that Ford was doing a top-to-bottom revamp of its powertrain lineup for its popular F-150 pickup truck. That new engine lineup included a new 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, and an EcoBoost (turbocharged) 3.5-liter V6.

According to a new report from Automotive News, the EcoBoost engine is proving to be quite popular with buyers and bucks the trends that are normally seen in the full-size pickup market. In fact, the EcoBoost engine option is now accounting for 36 percent of F-150 sales. The EcoBoost engine also now has a 40 percent take rate when it comes to new dealer orders. 

Ford Consumer Marketing Manager Marc Lapine thought that there would be a little more lag time before consumers became aware of the engine option and started taking advantage of it, but higher gas prices have made the EcoBoost a popular choice. 

"We had a sales forecast but it has jumped up a little faster than we thought," said Lapine. "We thought there would be a little more time between the early adopters and the other people who said, 'Hey, now I am ready to buy it.'"

"As soon as this fuel thing started, probably two months ago, all of a sudden people are coming in, asking, 'Do you have an EcoBoost?'", added Wayne Seidel, a general manager for a Ford dealership in Wisconsin. "I've sold every one that I can get my hands on." 

The EcoBoost V6 makes a healthy 365hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm while running on regular unleaded gas. Tow capacity (11,300 pounds) for the boosted six matches that of the top rung 6.2-liter V8 engine option.

The EcoBoost F-150 is EPA rated at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Many manufacturers are now looking to turbocharging to match the power of an engine with more cylinders while achieving better fuel economy. Ford uses EcoBoost engines in its Taurus SHO (V6), Flex (V6), Explorer (I4), and upcoming C-MAX (I4).

Other companies that are jumping on the turbocharging bandwagon for mainstream vehicles include Hyundai with its Sonata Turbo and Buick with its Regal. Chevrolet is also expected to add a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its all-new 2012 Malibu to replace the V6 engine option.



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Long term reliability
By TerranMagistrate on 4/28/2011 6:59:20 PM , Rating: -1
Don't expect the turbocharged engines to have as many trouble-free miles compared to their naturally aspirated counterparts. I guess nowadays it's preferable to save money in the near term on fuel rather than costly repairs much later on.




RE: Long term reliability
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/28/2011 7:05:55 PM , Rating: 3
What about diesels? Most of them are turbo'd and damn near bulletproof.


RE: Long term reliability
By YashBudini on 4/28/11, Rating: -1
RE: Long term reliability
By YashBudini on 4/28/11, Rating: -1
RE: Long term reliability
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/28/2011 7:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
As stated in the article, the EcoBoost V6 in the F-150 runs on regular.


RE: Long term reliability
By YashBudini on 4/28/2011 7:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
That's means the likelihood of any used truck seeing premium just plunged to nothing.


RE: Long term reliability
By Kurz on 4/28/2011 8:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
>.> You usually run any engine now adays that ask for premium on regular. Bless the modern Engine sensors.


RE: Long term reliability
By YashBudini on 4/28/11, Rating: 0
RE: Long term reliability
By Spuke on 4/28/2011 11:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
The Ecoboost is direct injected also. Shouldn't have an issue with knock.


RE: Long term reliability
By voronwe on 4/29/2011 12:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I only got a little over 300,000 miles apiece out of my two Saabs. I'm sure that without the turbochargers I could have gotten an extra 100.

Of course, now that I think about it, the engines themselves had good compression at that point. It was the transmissions that finally went.


RE: Long term reliability
By Spuke on 4/29/2011 12:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course, now that I think about it, the engines themselves had good compression at that point. It was the transmissions that finally went.
And that has what to do with the turbo's again? Also, how can OTR diesels routinely rack up 1 million miles or more on OEM turbo'd engines if they're so crappy on reliability?


RE: Long term reliability
By YashBudini on 4/29/2011 5:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
That would depend on how close to max torque Saab ran his transmission.


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