TheDetroitBureau.com is reporting a few juicy rumors about the future of full-size pickups from both General Motors and Ford. According to details supplied by shadowy sources, Ford is currently hard at task on the development of a range of new V6 engines. The powerplants are said to be under development in a range of sizes, including 2.6-, 2.7- and 3.0-liter displacements. The engines are being crafted under the codename "Nano" with a single dual-stage turbo making up for the cut in displacement. The largest of the trio is said to have a target of 300-315 horsepower, which is effectively what the current naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6 churns out. TDB maintains that the new V6 lumps may also work their way into the Mustang line at some point as well.

The report indicates that GM, meanwhile, is hard at work on a forced-induction V6 of its very own to fight Ford's EcoBoost surge. Additionally, the company's heavy-duty trucks will be the only models available with the big-boy 6.2-liter V8, while both light- and heavy-duty pickups will be available with the company's 6.0-liter V8. Finally, the tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8 will soldier on for the next-generation as well.


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      Stuka87
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The largest of the trio is said to have a target of 300-315 horsepower, which is effectively what the current naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6 churns out." I believe you mean 3.7L v6?
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stuka87
        Yup, 3.7 would make sense. They seem to have gotten confused because the new turbo v6 will be 3.0. Because there is no way a 3.0 natural aspirated engine will get 300hp without revving to 8000rpm, and if Ford were selling 8000rpm VTEC pickups, we would already know about it.
      cpmanx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Zach, Maybe next time you could take a moment to read the article you are parroting? Ford is reportedly working on two engines (2.6-2.7L and 3.0L), not three, and the current V6 for comparison is the 3.7L, not the 3.0. Other than your inability to transcribe somebody else's news story, however, nice piece of reporting.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's also worth mentioning that the next generation of trucks is expected to be significantly lighter and possibly a little smaller. With that being the case, I doubt we'll see horsepower increases. Rather, it's more likely we'll see increases in engine efficiency and low end torque.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        EcoBoosts actually are more efficient, put out V8 torque, with great reliability. Watch the EcoBoost torture tests.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        You type some of the most pointless useless information on this site. Your just a GM fanboi that tries to talk smack on Ford at any chance you get all the while making yourself look stupid and uneducated and everyone down votes you while laughing at you..... Ford is s serious player in the market, just deal with it troll..lmao
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike
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        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ecoboost torture test....nuff said.
      matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      To: GM- Remember this? http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/06/gm-ponders-reviving-45liter-duramax-v8-diesel.html Somewhere, it's sitting in a warehouse mothballed. You screwed up when you missed the boat on the ecoboost, and in typical detroit fashion now you're scrambling to catch up to a competitor's idea. The product that will come out will be lackluster, uninspired, and a blatant knock off, and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Those are three adjectives you could not use to describe the 4.5 diesel you were going to produce. Just once, blaze your own path. I'm on both knees begging. Your best days came when you were innovating, not when you were following. There are many, many truck guys out there that won't buy a twin turbo V6...but a V8 turbo diesel making the same mpg's with more torque? I'd bet my house on it. Find a way to make it cost competitive, and you have a product that will have people forgetting all about the ecoboost. -Matt Grandson of a GM Factory Worker
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @matt
        I agree 100%. Not every truck buyer needs an $8,000 400hp/800ft-lb tq diesel. I'd be plenty happy with a $4000 ~300hp/500ft-lbs tq diesel in my 3/4 ton work trucks and full size SUVs. Especially if it gets better than single digit mpg while towing like the gas trucks do.
      S C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Z71_Silvy.....aka P71_Crown Vic.....awwww, Poor mattie the crybaby......EcoBoost is one of Fords success stories, period. You, however are still a loser that lives in the basement of moms house......boo hoo hoo crybaby...go cry somewhere else....
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Oscar
          • 3 Years Ago
          STILL the idiot, I see. Good God "man", get a friggin life!
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      It be surprised if gms offering was anything more than a couple of turbos (FINALLY) bolted on to the 3.6, which debuted in 2006. And their marketing will try to make us believe that it is a feat of engineering equivalent to building Colossus of Rhodes.....
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think it sad that the mustang uses RWD Truck parts. Ford needs a nice RWD platform for the Mustang, a large car, and some nice lincolns... But other than that, the new wave or motors from them have been great
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is definitely a market for a lower output, high torque diesel in the F-150 lineup! Hopefully Ford considers this!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the old inline-sixes! Dad had one in 74 Chevy, and also in 89 F-150. Both were nearly indestructible.
        matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John S
        My thriftmaster is still going strong in my '53. It's going to help me move tomorrow.
      blackGTO
      • 3 Years Ago
      In line Trailblazer 6 in a fullsize, more torque and higher RPMs
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