• Jan 12th 2010 at 3:59PM
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hasn't offered a V6 option in the F-150 since its best-selling truck was redesigned for the 2009 model year, but a report from our friend Mike Levine over at Pickuptrucks.com says that's about to change. Levine cites sources at the Blue Oval who say the same Ti-VCT 3.7-liter V6 (shown at right) that will power the 2011 Mustang and Lincoln MKX will also be found under the hood of the F-150 by the end of the year. Levine tells us that the 3.7 will likely only be added to the XL and STX models, though there is a chance that the XLT could also get some fuel-sipping love. A V6 pickup will likely be a big hit with fleet customers as well as buyers who love trucks but don't use them for towing or hauling.

The sources didn't quote power numbers, but since the Lincoln MKX version will reportedly produce the same 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque as the one used in the Mustang, there is a good chance that Ford will simply copy and paste the same mill under the hood of the smallest F-Series. If the 3.7 does find its way into the F-150, we'll be very interested to see the official EPA fuel economy numbers. We can't see a 23 or 24 miles per gallon full size pickup with up to 305 hp being a bad thing.

[Source: Pickuptrucks]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see the 4.4 diesel
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno an Eco boost model would sound pretty nice in a truck like this, specially if they can tune it for more tq at lower rmp and give it a sportier svt look to it with an adjustable ride height.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 300 was a pig! It was a work horse.
      I`d take the 300 six over the 302 and possibly even the 351.

      You don`t have to have a V8 to have good power.

      I do think a inline 6 makes a better truck engine than a V6.

      Gas mileage isn`t necessarly tied to the # of cylinders

      The Dodge Dakota v8 gets the same if not better mileage than the V6.

      I have hauled some pretty heavy loads with six cylinders.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think its funny that the V6 Ford is planning on offering makes 60 more horsepower than the V8 they offered 10 years ago?

      I know there are still some serious weekend warriors out there who will need the new 5.0 L V8s for towing purposes but I think the EcoBoost will do just fine for most people. Fleet buyers who couldn't care less about the motor will love this new V6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I couldn't agree more. My '99 F-150 5.4L V8 makes less power and torque than this new 3.7L V6 and yet I have no problem towing 5000 lbs of racecar + trailer with a bed/camper shell full of tools, equipment, tires, supplies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great move. Retune the thing for torque 500rpm lower and it will sell like hotcakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ford is doing all the the right things... good thing i bought stock at $1.50...
      its crazy how a company can change in a 2 year span.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How quickly people forget:

      1989 the F150 with i6 made 145 hp & 265 lb-ft and this was enough for like 20 years
      1999 the F150 with v6 made 205 hp & 255 lb-ft and this was enough

      surely 305 hp and and 280 lb-ft will be enough.

      Now if they add an extra gear to keep the highway rpm low while retaining the go/tow, add in electric steering assist and pick a tire tred width that is no unnecessarily wide, I can imagine getting 24 on the highway! maybe even better if they play the low rolling resistance game that GM has been.

      Personally I would prefer a dial on the dashboard that let me select the output power I desired, between 150-300. This is fairly easy to achieve with a modern turbo engine! Then the aftermarket could reprogram the dial to go from 150-450 :) but bottom line is that this is now possible!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 1989 F250 5.8 V8 had 210 hp and 310 lb-ft and that pulled a Bobcat just fine! but the new F250 does a better job for sure!

        Once you get past some minimum level of power required the ability to tow comes down to the vehicle's weight for stability, brakes and transmission cooling!

        So going with these assumptions the new V6 will do more then fine if the truck is equipped to tow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great points.

        Of course this was before trucks became the size of city blocks, but history says a V6 will get the job done for the vast majority of truck owners.

        If you're towing a Bobcat you can make a case for a V8. If you're using the truck to return movies and drop off your dry cleaning a V6 is plenty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "How quickly people forget:

        1989 the F150 with i6 made 145 hp & 265 lb-ft and this was enough for like 20 years
        1999 the F150 with v6 made 205 hp & 255 lb-ft and this was enough

        surely 305 hp and and 280 lb-ft will be enough."

        It doesn't matter. 145hp/265 lb-ft was enough 20 years ago because that's all the competition had too.

        there's no such thing as "enough" if you competitors outgun you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should put this engine in the Ranger. If you don't haul or tow anything why buy such a big truck? I've had one (pulled a camper with it) and loved it. A smaller truck with 305 hp would be a blast. That would be the truck I would buy next. BTW the Ranger needs 4 doors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I definitely agree. A small pickup that's reasonably priced is a niche market as everyone's moved on to bigger and more powerful things. The way things are going nowdays I think Ford and/or Hyundai will take on that market and everyone else will be left clutching at straws.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stop spreading this BS.

        I've got a V6 that I use to pull my boat. It tows up to 2,500 lbs.

        Which is enough for 95% of the population.

        A vehicle doesn't need to be able to tow a wide load double wide to be considered a towing vehicle.

        Now I understand why GM still puts V8's in all it's truck. Because there are dolts out there who don't understand that a V6 is also a towing vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Farber:

        I think it's more of a safety issue than anything else. If I routinely towed a 2000lb load (which is probably a lot more common than you seem to think) why would I want to chance it with a vehicle that would be using 80% of it's tow capacity versus one which is using 40% or less of it's rated capacity? It's not just the power of the engine that goes into tow ratings, it's the brakes, suspension, frame etc as well.

        It's kind of the same reason that I don't buy a car that is only rated to go 80mph when the speed limit is 75. Sure it can do 75, but it's going to be working a lot harder than a car that can go 120mph. Not to mention the safety aspect.

        Too me, admitedly not being someone who tows a lot, 2500lbs seems like a fairly low tow rating. Much lower than what I'd want out of a vehicle I bought for its capabilities.

        My Jeep, which is not even body on frame, is rated to tow 5000lbs and that's right about the perfect rating for me.

        For instance, I just looked up the weight of a regular pop-up camper trailer and discovered that even a modestly-sized trailer bumps up uncomfortably close to that 2500lb limit, at least for me. Take a look at the specs on this 16'9" pop-up trailer: http://www.jayco.com/php/products/floorplans.php?id=197

        That 1,960lbs is an unloaded weight as well so don't plan on putting much else inside or you'll be at 2500lbs in no time. Heck, just filling the 23gal water tank would add almost 200lbs right there.

        So, what happens if you want to tow a slightly larger trailer than that, or tow a vehicle? How many vehicles can you tow that weigh less than 2500lbs? That's not even taking into account the weight of the trailer either.

        So, to sum up, I agree that you don't need a Super Duty to tow a camper trailer (most of them anyhow) but I also think your description of 95% of the population is grossly distorted. Whether that was on purpose or not I don't know, but I thought I'd just bring a little bit of fact into the equation.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Why does every vehicle have to be polluted with 4-doors. I can't stand all the 4-door trucks on the road. Yeah, for a work crew that makes sense, but other than that...

        Other than that, yeah this engine in the Ranger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Ladies Edition F150, nice.

      The only people who are excited about a turbo, of course, have never owned a car that had a turbo. Manufacturers frequently like to adorn them with a "T" badge in some fashion, like the VW 1.8T engine or maybe Chrysler's old 2.2T engine. The "T" stands for TROUBLE. Oh, the turbo lag and on again, off again power surges are livable. It's the turbo cooling system, air handling system, vacuum problems and emissions nightmares specific to turbos that will drive you crazy. Notoriously finicky, routinely in need of repair, and obscenely expensive to maintain, you will rue the day you bought a daily driver with a turbo. They work great for about 40k miles and then you can never get them to run right after that. They're also nice in that spare 911 Turbo you keep for warm, sunny days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        funny, my (Neon) SRT-4 is at 124,000 miles with not a single problem with the engine. Look, it's 2010. Forced induction is a solved problem. For *everyone.*
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this as the good engine, but I am wondering what the better and best engines will be.

      Will the new 5.0 be the best or will they bring in the 6.2L that will be offered in the Raptor? Also, seems that I have heard that the 3.6L ecoboost V6 will be offered as well. So, maybe that will be the better engine

      3.7L V6 300ish HP
      3.6L Ecoboost V6 350ish HP
      5.0L V8 400ish HP?
      6.2L V8????

      BTW, the picture shown is the Platinum which will not get this engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Will the new 5.0 be the best or will they bring in the 6.2L that will be offered in the Raptor?"

        If I had to hazard a guess, probably not. I'd wager the 6.2 is destined to replace the V10 in the F-250 and above.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope I am wrong, but if past history counts, when it comes to heavy vechicles, pickups or cars suvs etc, when you put the heavy weight and or towing the V8 will get almost as good of fuel mileage as a V6!

      Just ask anyone who had a 300 inline six, the the 4.2 litre V6 in the last version of a F 150 I believe the 4.6 at that time was rated the same in fuel miliage as the V6!

      When you compare cars the Crown Vic gets within 2 to three miles per gallon as a V6 Fusion!!!!!!!
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