In addition to confirming the upcoming Kansas City-built Transit van, a recent UAW release states that Ford will be adding an "industry-leading small V6" to its powertrain lineup. Car and Driver reports that, while the automaker has yet to confirm the development of such an engine, Ford stated that adding a smaller-displacement V6 would make sense based on its current powertrain strategy.

Ford has long said that it plans to offer EcoBoost engines in 90 percent of its North American products by 2013, so the safe bet is that this new V6 will be of the forced-induction type. C/D suggests that a 2.5- or 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 could produce around 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and that it could be used as a replacement for the naturally aspirated 3.5- and 3.7-liter V6 engines currently used throughout Ford's product portfolio. Additionally, such an engine would make sense in a vehicle like the next-generation Lincoln MKZ, or even a range-topping Fusion.


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      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the small duratec V6 in my xtype sport... It's not a monster by any means but its been tuned well and has a really nice sound to it. I love the idea of a new small V6... make it small, make it powerful (or potentially so) and you've got a winner.
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, it's been awhile since we heard about anything other than the EB 4 bangers. Nice for those of us who still like displacement.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford's admitting their present V6's are are inadequate. The Mopar Pentastar is killing them. Now what about a 9 speed transmission to keep up as well.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        You can't compare one engine, the 3.6 Pentastar to Fords full stable of V6's. Sure compared to a 3.0 its inadequate. But that's apples to oranges. Only direct comparsion is Fords 3.7 which makes over 300hp. Don't see how thats killing them. Both engines make similiar power and are used in a wide range applications. Quit being a Mopar fanboy. They're merely continuing their trend of developing smaller displacement FI engines that offer the same power. A trend they started before the Pentastar was around. I fail to see how Ford taking an engien that's pretty much equal to the Pentastar and saying we're going to make a smaller engine that makes the same power is admitting to having an inadequate engine. If anything that makes the Pentastar seem inadequate. "Oh, you need 3.6L to get 300hp? We're getting that out of a 3.0." I suppose when Dodge answers with the same thing, you'll claim that's innovation and not a result of having an inadequate engine.
          Typesbad
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          Actually, its kind of nice to know that there are Mopar fanboys. Poor guys had a really long dry spell
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        I see the others don't take kindly to the greatness of the Pentastar.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        God you're stupid. Your two sentences have absolutely no relation whatsoever. You might as well have said: "Industry leading".......yeah right. It's a 15 minutes drive to the supermarket from here!!!!!.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        reminds me of Pontiac...........
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      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the ecoboost engines are going to prove more reliable than everyone thought. They have been out for quite some time now and not once have I heard about common failure rates. Can someone enlighten me if I'm misinformed?
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        I would buy one without worrying about the reliability. All of Ford's recent in-house (i.e. not Navistar) engines have been reliable.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
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          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          get back to us on that with some serious backup......and what "length" is the lifespan of a "normal" engine.....
      • 3 Years Ago
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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the EcoBoost engines turn out to be reliable, because they're sure betting the farm on them. And by the way, the term for engines without forced induction is normally aspirated, not naturally aspirated.
        EvilTollMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Naturally aspirated is a term that can also be used.
        Donald Sung
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        it is naturally aspirated..
        Benjamin Roethig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        With fuel economy standard the way they're going to be, I don't think Ford has much of a choice other than turbos and direct injection. The only other option is the european practice of selling cars with NA small engines with basically no power. US and Canadian drivers won't except that.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        I think both make sense. "Normally aspirated" would refer to the fact that "normal" atmospheric pressure is used.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        I thought it was "negligibly aspirated."
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          I thought it was "Not Available."
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a 3-liter is considered small these days for a six cylinder? Man did that super sizing trend we've had to endure over the last 17 or so years really skewed our perceptions.
      CWT092079
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Ford, I would like to have this engine in my new 2013 Ford Ranger please. Thanks!
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'd have to be turbocharged--naturally aspirated small sixes ain't that great. Chrysler 2.7L six, anyone?
      Patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      A smaller v6, good. Now where is the Ford Focus ST and is this engine going to be an option for it?
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Patrick
        more in tune with the Fusion replacement.....and based on what Ford gets out of the 2.0, I would say 380hp is easily attainable....the 3.5 saw 500 on the bench....
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