Arriving very soon with Fords all new 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 among other breakthroughs, 2015 Ford F-150 is about to turn the light-duty pickup truck market on end. Ford released this week more detail on the all new engine that will write the second chapter in the F-150 EcoBoost story.
The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 isn’t just a smaller version of the popular 3.5. No this is an all-new design built in a more compact and even more durable architecture.
The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford says improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15 percent over the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs.
Paired with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost is a standard engine Auto Start-Stop system. Specially tuned for truck customers, the system shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly.
Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.
Making the small engine durable, the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost also has Ford’s first use of compacted graphite iron (CGI) in the lower half of its two-piece cylinder block in a gasoline engine. This is the same material used in Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel.
The F-150’s based engine is also new this year, moving from the 3.7 liter DOHC naturally aspirated V6, down in size to the 3.5 liter V6. No harm done however as due to a considerably lower curb weight, it has a 5% improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the larger 3.7-liter V6 in the 2014 F-150.
The 3.5-liter V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds. Ford says this is unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.
Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.
Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter, helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance. The aluminum upper body sits on a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter.
In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 will continue to offer the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers.