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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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Ecoboost V6 Fusion GT please
By chmilz on 4/28/2011 8:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure I read it's been bumped back to 2012, but seriously, I want one. I love my '07, but a ~400hp sport model would sure be nice.

RE: Ecoboost V6 Fusion GT please
By CurseTheSky on 4/28/2011 9:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
Only if it's RWD-based, which I doubt will happen since it would cannibalize some of the Mustang sales.

My 2008 V6 SE with only 221 HP already has plenty for a FWD platform. Torque steer and wheel hop are a major problem, and I can't imagine driving virtually the same car with an extra 100 HP on tap.

Perhaps they could do it just right, but I'd rather see something RWD based like the Pontiac G8.

By scottjames_12 on 4/28/2011 10:15:22 PM , Rating: 2
Something like the Falcon XR6 Turbo sounds like it might fit your requirements - 362 HP and 393 lbs/ft, RWD of course. Or the uprated version - the FPV F6 with 415 HP and 416 lbs/ft, both from 4.0 L straight 6 turbo.

Pity there isn't much chance it would be exported to the US!

RE: Ecoboost V6 Fusion GT please
By Flunk on 4/28/2011 11:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
Just buy a Taurus SHO, it's got this engine and it's a large sedan like the Fusion.

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