- The 2011 Ford F-150 equipped with all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ truck engine is officially EPA-certified at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway
- Outstanding fuel economy complements the best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque this engine produces to enable best-in-class conventional towing of 11,300 pounds and best-in-class payload of 3,060 pounds
- No other manufacturer offers this combination of power, performance, capability and fuel economy in a truck
The Ford F-150 breaks new ground this year with its available EcoBoost engine, delivering a combination of fuel economy, performance and towing that beats all other trucks.
The Ford F-150’s official 2011 EPA ratings – completed this week – certify that models equipped with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieve 22 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. No other truck with comparable horsepower can match the F-150 EcoBoost in highway or city fuel economy.
The one-two punch of Ford Motor Company’s EcoBoost technology – fuel economy and high performance – opens a new era for truck customers.
By 2013, Ford plans to offer an EcoBoost engine in up to 90 percent of its North American nameplates, supporting global sales of 1.5 million EcoBoost-powered vehicles per year. EcoBoost is fundamental to Ford’s strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.
In addition to turbocharging with direct injection, Ford powertrain engineers have enhanced EcoBoost’s technology capabilities by adding variable valve timing and precisely controlling all aspects of the engine. Ford has at least 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology.
Diesel-like performance in a gasoline engine
The key technologies built into every EcoBoost engine, including turbocharging and direct fuel injection, are particularly relevant to truck customers. This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded three-horse trailer or 30-foot boat, for example. Plus the EcoBoost truck engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.
As with diesels, today’s EcoBoost engines feature:
- A high-pressure direct-injection fuel system fed by a common rail that delivers a precise amount of gasoline in the exact spot for fast and complete burn
- Turbocharging to create a more dense mix of air and fuel in each cylinder
- Special pistons with optimized bowls in the center to improve combustion efficiency. These pistons are also oil-cooled, which reduces in-cylinder temperatures
- Reduced CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy
Key features of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine:
- 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
- Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
- Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
- Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors
- Fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway
- Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
- New benchmark for combination of performance, capability and fuel efficiency
- Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy
- Intake and exhaust camshafts optimized for improved fuel economy and performance
- Cast exhaust manifolds for heavy-duty operation and durability
- Improved manifold and cylinder heads for improved performance
- Direct-acting mechanical bucket (DAMB) valvetrain with polished buckets to reduce friction and improve fuel economy
- Built at Cleveland Engine Plant