• Jul 16, 2010
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When the 2011 Ford F-150 arrives this Fall, it will reportedly get an all-new powertrain lineup. Ford already officially confirmed several months ago that the light-duty pickups would be getting the first rear-wheel drive application of the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6. The transaxles in the current Ecoboost applications are torque-limited, so when the twin turbocharged and direct injected V6 lands in the truck, it could produce as much as 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

The current 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter are also expected to be supplanted by the newer, more powerful and efficient engines that debuted in the 2011 Mustang earlier this year. The F-150's new base engine will reportedly be the 3.7-liter V6 with 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the top engine will be the new 5.0-liter Coyote V8. The 5.0-liter will likely be re-tuned from the Mustang's 412 hp and 390 lb-ft to give it more torque and further elevate the model's 11,000+ pound towing capacity. The V6-powered trucks could be the first light-duty full-size trucks to hit 25 mpg on the highway, a figure that's even better than General Motors' hybrid trucks.



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[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good work Ford

      I am sure GM and co will also have something good out for their 2013 1/2 ton refresh as well.

      Currently the best 4x4 truck for mileage is the silverado/gmc 1500 5.3L with AFM/6spd/3.08 but the 3.42 does pretty damn well considering everything.

      IMO, one big diifference btwn chevy and ford is the ford's lack of an ondemand 4wd setting on their pickups. Folks may deride it, but it makes an enormous difference anyplace that gets snow like we do and would also work well on slick, wet roads...

      I think the fords generally get less mileage than the chevys partially due to their weight...the Ford frame is much more like a 3/4 ton than a 1/2 ton...more so than chevy or dodge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's the 25mpg number coming from? Seems a little optimistic considering the Edge Sport will get 18/25 with the same engine. But a 305hp full-sized truck that gets even 17/23 would still be good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's coming out of Autoblog's azz just like nearly everything else they post.

        This is a website for links and pictures, not research.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The idea that that engine's going to hit 25 mpg highway is farfetched. Lighter, smaller vehicles like the Edge barely pull that number out of the motor.

      The truth is that Ford doesn't expect the F-150 to pull Ranger numbers, and doesn't care if it does. It expects recreational users to switch over to cars and crossovers as gas prices climb, hell, to tell the truth, it wants rec users to stop using trucks so it can drive up its CAFE numbers. It expects corporate users to switch to the more fuel-efficient Transit Connect, and expects serious pickup users to accept trading a few MPG for a much larger, more capable truck.

      25 mpg would meet the performance of the Flex and Edge, which is unlikely at best. I expect at most one to two mpg fuel economy improvement over the 4.6 V8. 23 would be a likely number, and I'd expect 18 overall out of the motor.

      You might be sad to hear it, truck fans, but if you're a recreational user asking about mileage the automakers don't want you to drive a truck anymore. Period. CAFE regs means that if you buy a truck when you could get by on a Fiesta, you're driving down Ford's corporate average mileage numbers and forcing Ford to pull more mileage out of the equipment. They don't want to do that anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2010 and 2011 edges have completely different motors. The new 3.5 is rated at 19/27mpg, keep that in mind. None of the TI-VCT motors have been tested in real life to my knowledge, so it's hard to dispute the MPG claims already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "None of the TI-VCT motors have been tested in real life to my knowledge"

        Fueleconomy.gov does indeed list the 3.7 TI-VCT in the Edge and in the Mustang.

        The 3.7 TI-VCT motor in the 2011 Edge gets 18/25 or 20 overall, according to fueleconomy.gov. That's with the same motor/transmission as the F-150's going to get, a six-speed auto with the 3.7.

        The F-150, at best, will get that number with that motor. It's a heavier truck than the Edge with worse aerodynamics. Physics suggests that it's most likely going to get worse than that.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The 3.7 V6 in the Edge Sport includes 22" rims that take almost 8% off the better 3.5 V6 mileage... 25 vs. 27 mpg and the Edge Sport is a little heavy too!

        Ford is taking some weight out of the 2011 F150, adding aerodynamic improvements and will certainly gear the 6-speed trans for optimum MPG... we expect 25 MPG is the target... thats why its taking longer to get these new engines out, so they have more time to hit the MPG targets!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have YOU driven a Ford lately?

      They have been absolutely killin' it in the past couple years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd hate to burst everyone's bubble, but that 25 mpg highway figure is very unlikely. The Ford Edge with the 3.7L V6 gets 25 mpg highway.

      -From Ford's Press Release
      "More power and better fuel economy
      Class-leading power is delivered by a new 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. This improved power – 40 more horsepower over the outgoing Edge Sport – is not at the expense of fuel economy, either. The 2011 Edge Sport fuel economy remains 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway."

      The F-150 certainly weights a bit more than the Edge. Although, class-leading fuel economy numbers are expected.

      Good for Ford, keeping the F-150 fresh throughout it's lifestyle. Although, it would be nice it if it put a certain diesel engine under the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In regards to this story... This is a big step forward in the engine offerings and leaves the competitors in the dust.....BUT...

      How about an new F-100 SuperCab that is the size of the original Toyota T100 with a Euro turbo diesel. that gets 30mpg+ hwy. I don't care what the towing capacity is as long as it can tow a 2,000lb when loaded landscape trailer around town for work and my quads and motorcycles to the dunes. EVERYONE I talk to wants a bigger truck than a Ranger with 4 seat [in the pinch] capability that stresses MPG over max towing.

      Ford, if you build a diesel F 100, I'll have 1000 pre-orders on your desk the day you announce it.

      If not, I'll just take the current F 150 XL SCab with the Euro diesel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting news... good to see companies use more powerful yet also more efficient powertrains.
      ...But what would be even better would be to stop making the F150 bigger and bigger every damn generation.

      You guys already have the HD versions for people that actually need a HUGE truck, so why is a current F150 bigger and heavier than a SuperDuty from a few years ago? This is getting absurd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First you need to convince customers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hazdaz, I agree. The current F150 is overly large. It shouldn't be as big as an F250.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Other Bob- what you're asking for is akin to the 1st generation Tundra- That truck was much lighter than the competition, but 7000# towing was about it. I think people actually bought it, not because they thought it had the same capacities as the Domestic Half-tons, but because it was different. Once the Tundra became the same, number for number, and inch for inch, as the competition, it had to compete directly- and wound up with only 20% of the volume of the leaders.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not the capacity war. It's the crash test requirements.

        The staggering tow ratings we see now are just a reflection that a frame built to pass 40 mph offset brick wall tests isn't going to be phased by anything you can hitch up behind it. A great tow rating is just a transmission cooler - and 1 mpg highway to blow air over it - away.

        The new Ram forfeited the towing and payload race yet it's still a 6,000 lb pig just like the F-150.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the volume of a full-sized truck, but the weight capacity and towing capacity adds too much weight to the truck simply for the sake of bragging rights. I would like to see a truck sized similarly to the F-150, but with a light duty frame. An F-100 that is an honest 1/2 ton truck with the V-6 perhaps?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right, but also the Ranger could do with a lot of development as a light-duty pickup. It has been all but forgotten. With some major upgrades in lightweight material, efficient new engines and some fresh looks this could compliment the bigger F-150 and be a light-duty champ.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The article said the V8 would most likely be re-tuned for more torque.
      All Ford needs to do now is add a smaller diesel to the F150 and they'd have everything covered. Ford doesn't need to kill the Ranger, they need to put that 305hp 3.7 v6 in it! The Ranger would be lighter than the Mustang, and would probably get better than 30mpg in addition to having a respectable tow rating. Some people don't want huge trucks and the F150 is huge. I would go out and buy a 3.7L Ranger today if I could.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sure hope a manual trans is in the mix somewhere.


      Am I the only person that would like to see an EcoBoost/Twin Force swap into a Mercury Marauder? With a rear drive application available...let's get one built!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is awesome news. If the 4.6L 3V V8 was getting 23mpg highway in the mustang and 21mpg in the 2WD F150, i think it's quite reasonable to expect the 3.7L V6 to hit at least 25mpg if it's doing 31mpg in the mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Any car will get better MPG on the highway on long trips. Stick to the EPA rating, it's a standardized test afterall..

        The TI-VCT motors have lead to drastic fuel economy improvements in the Mustang, so there's no reason to expect that it wouldn't perform similarly in the edge/f150/etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking from experience, I average about 25 MPG on the highway in my 2006 Mustang GT (manual). My best was north of 27 MPG.

        I know you're talking EPA numbers, but real-world numbers are better for that motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Brostarrific!
        • 4 Years Ago
        What about the 6.2L?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the 6.2L? Where will that be used (besides the Raptor and Super Duty)?

      Rumors seem to say that the 6.2L will find its way into the Navigator suv and possibly the high-end F150 editions. I was kind of hoping it would find its way into the regular F150 as well, especially a regular cab, short bed, FX4.
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