• Jan 7th 2011 at 4:00PM
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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's official: Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, as seen in the 2011 F-150 pickup truck, has been rated at 16 city and 22 highway by the EPA. And it's also officially the engine to get if you're shopping for a new Blue Oval workhorse.

To put it all into perspective, the 365-horsepower, 420-pound-foot EcoBoost-equipped F-150 offers 3,060 pounds of payload and 11,300 pounds worth of towing capability – both of which are best-in-class – and it gets better fuel mileage than any comparable engines offered by Ford's competitors (see the graph after the break).

All this baked-in, twin-turbocharged goodness won't even cost the buyer all that much money, as the EcoBoost engine option adds just $750 to the cost of a truck that would otherwise be equipped with the perfectly acceptable 5.0-liter V8, or $1,750 over the cost of the base 3.7-liter V6.

Money well spent, we'd say, especially considering that the more powerful EcoBoost beats the 5.0 when it comes to fuel efficiency (15/21) and nearly matches the 3.7's 16/23 rating. Probably not when smoking its tires, though...

Want to know more? Feel free to check out the complete press release after the break.

[Source: Ford via PickupTrucks.com]

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Beats All Others With Combination of Fuel Economy, Power, Capability

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

* 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
* 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost arrives in dealer showrooms later this winter

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.

"The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine is a shining example of the uncompromising nature of Ford's EcoBoost technology: more power and better fuel economy," said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. "What's important for truck customers is that this all-new engine delivers best-in-class capability where it matters most: towing and hauling. Now they're getting great fuel economy, too."

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine produces best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque, helping enable best-in-class maximum towing of 11,300 pounds and maximum payload of 3,060 pounds, all with unsurpassed fuel economy.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is the final piece of the most extensive powertrain makeover in the 63-year history of Ford F-Series. Introduced earlier and now available are a new 3.7-liter V6, a 5.0-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter V8. Each of these engines also offers best-in-class or unsurpassed fuel economy, power and capability.

Meanwhile, each engine is mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission – making Ford the only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with standard six-speed automatic gearboxes. All 2011 F-150s, except those equipped with the optional 6.2-liter V8, feature EPAS, or electric power-assisted steering, a segment first. EPAS contributes about a 4 percent fuel-economy benefit compared with conventional hydraulic systems.

This versatile new powertrain lineup enables F-150 customers to choose the engine that best suits their needs.

Widest application of EcoBoost technology

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine for the 2011 Ford F-150 means this award-winning technology is now available in the best-selling vehicle in America. In 2010, 528,349 Ford F-Series trucks were sold, making it not only the best-selling truck in America for the 34th straight year, but also the best-selling vehicle, car or truck, for the 29th consecutive year. No other car, truck, SUV or CUV reached the 400,000 unit sales level in 2010.

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.

"Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics," said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines program manager. "The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun."

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

And just like diesels, Ford's EcoBoost engines deliver outstanding performance and driving enjoyment at all speeds. EcoBoost accomplishes this at less cost than a similar-displacement diesel engine.

Key attributes 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

2011 F-Series Awards

* PickupTrucks.com and USA Today: 2010 V-6 Shootout: Best Overall V-6 Work Truck
* Consumer Digest Best Buy
* The SEMA Award™ for Hottest Truck
* Farmer Industry News Best Pickup
* Farmer Industry News Most Innovative Agricultural Product
* Popular Mechanics Auto Excellence Award: Best Workhorse
* Ward's Best Engine: 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel
* PickupTrucks.com Best Engine: 6.2-liter gas
* ALG Residual Value
* Kelley Blue Book Residual Value
* Truck Line of Texas
* R.L. Polk Pickup Truck Loyalty Award

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember this? Get the hell over! http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=LZhdvl_P1Zc
      • 4 Years Ago
      Color me not impressed, I was expecting the number to match or beat the 3.7's numbers. They should call it Twin Force in the F-150, the Eco thing is a joke with those numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, considering the 6.2L V8 (the one that is also capable of towing 11,300 lbs.) only gets 13/18, I wouldn't call it a joke. That's a nearly 20% jump in fuel economy with no loss in towing performance (we'll need to wait for reviews, but I'd imagine the EcoBoost would be better than the 6.2 for towing thanks to it's wide torque band).
        • 4 Years Ago
        As MikeW points out above, you don't get 20% better mpg with the same towing, as you only get the same tow rating if you lower the rear end which is going to lower your mpg.
      Dennis Duane Sutherl
      • 3 Years Ago
      MY 2011 F 150 Eco Boost does not get the fuel economy. Id be happy to get 22 mpg hwy wish in one hand and you no what i mean. And i don't tow anything. I drive 130 miles to work and 130 back once a week. sometimes i get 17 to 20 mpg its up and down this is hwy. I miss my 4.6 mustang what was i thinging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry Ford. For +1mpg I'm not going to dive into the much higher maintenance budget of a turbocharged drivetrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight. The V6 gets 1 (ONE) MPG more each, city & highway. And I only have to spend an extra $750 for it?

      Driving 12,000 miles per year, the saving is about 34 gallons of gas. At even $4 a gallon, it would take 5 and a half years to recoup that extra $750.

      Sorry, not impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You also pay for the extra power which = increase towing capacity. Ford doesn't care if you are not impressed you were never a potential buyer anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For your $750 you also get a probably-neglible 5 HP and a quite significant (especially for a truck) 40 lb-ft of torque over the 5.0. In addition, the EcoBoost will retain much more of its sea-level performance at altitude than will the 5.0 and the torque curve is flatter, so if you are pulling a trailer in or across higher elevations, it'll really pay off. The fact that you'll get marginally better fuel economy with your improved towing performance is really just gravy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha I just read how Honda will still produce the 15/20 MPG Ridgeline. Why would anyone buy a Ridgeline with 250 hp, 250 lbft, 5,000 lb towing, and only 15/20 MPG?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good news and all, but I can't wait until they restyle this thing. Those tail lights have never grown on me. Too much shiny silver plastic. And I've never been a fan of the crease over the fenders.....

      But other than that.... Nice Truck.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Come south, you'll be alarmed at the number of people who buy trucks only because of how they look. Growing up I had a neighbor down the street who waxed his truck bed...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt that majority of those that are after a truck care much about styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could probably make a high fuel economy model like the XFE and get even better fuel economy if they felt the need to do so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not with the ecoboost. It already has the tallest axle ratio
        Maybe a taller geared 4x2: 5.0 V8-3.15 or 3.7 V6-3.31
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was expecting a little better highway economy but it definitely could have been worse. Not only that, but compared to the 5.4L's 13/15 rating, this engine looks downright green.

      Thought not by the landslide that many were expecting, this engine is still the most powerful, most fuel efficient engine among its competitors. I can't wait to see how the turbo/DI combination fares in the market. It's going to be an interesting next few years in the half ton truck world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter what engine you have. It takes power to move a pickup this big. They can downsize the motor all they want but that motor is still gonna need to output the same amount of power to push it down the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been eagerly awaiting them to show up on a dealer lot. I'm going to hate myself financially but I'll probably drive one off the lot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        F-150 Ford Eco, advertising is deception. We own one. Does not get fuel mpg. that is advertised. Read my comment above.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My L92 Escalade has returned higher than that on roadtrips. It averages 14-16mpg overall. High of 24mpg driving from CA to AZ. The L92 doesn't work very hard to move it, even with full-time AWD.

      I'm not completely surprised the turbo F150s rating is so low. There is only so much that can be done with a vehicle shaped like a brick that weighs over 5,000lbs being moved by six cylinders being huffed and puffed on.

        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, that Escalade is damn near svelte in comparison.....And the Escalade is rated at 19 20 on the freeway no...and you get 24, so the F-150 is rated at 22 so does that mean it can potentially get better as well....even if it IS a Ford???????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen. I bet they could have boosted the MPG 2-3 miles per gallon by downsizing the F-150 to the size of a mid-90s model and making it more aerodynamic.
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