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The New 2011 Ford F-150 Gets 23 MPG Highway

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On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 10:13AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The New 2011 Ford F-150 Gets 23 MPG Highway

Ford Motor Company has announced the upcoming launch of the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup truck on the market—the 2011 F-150, equipped with the all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine. Good economy is expected with a base V6, but what about some power? Try 302hp, 278 lb.-ft. of torque . . . from a base V6! It is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending EPA certification. Ford’s new Ford 2011 F-150 3.5-liter V6 engine and its new 5.0 V8 are projected to deliver best-in-class, provided EPA certification comes through.

“The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers—best-in-class power, capability, durability, and fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes.”

The new 3.7-liter V6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in the 4x2 model. The new 5.0-liter V8 is projected to deliver 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the 4x4 model. “70% of F-150 customers said fuel economy is what they’d like improved most in their truck,” said Doug Scott, Truck Group marketing manager. “The 2011 Ford F-150 does exactly that with best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class capability, and power, and more powertrain choices to suit their different needs.”

The new V6 and V8 engines are the most extensive updates to 2011 Ford F-150 in the 62-year history of F-Series. Also new for 2011 are the 6.2-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine available in early 2011. Trucks with the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, and 6.2-liter V8 will roll off the assembly line in late 2010.

Ford has equipped its entire lineup of new 2011 F-150 trucks with a new standard 6-speed automatic transmission (with fuel saving “SelectShift” capability) and other components to increase fuel economy. The new transmission is customized for each type of new engine. The transmission for the 3.7-liter engine, for example, has fewer clutch plates compared with the other F-150 engines. According to Ford: “A one-way clutch, which allows for smoother 1-2 and 2-1 shifts, faster downshifts and improved fuel economy, has been added.”

Class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) on the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, and 3.5-liter. EcoBoost powertrains adds a 4% boost to the fuel economy of the new Ford F-150. EPAS has a system that draws power only when needed. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks.

“Our new engine lineup allows greater flexibility for customers to select the powertrain choice that best suits their needs,” said Samardzich. “And each engine delivers outstanding power, capability and fuel economy.”

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