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Ford Improves Fuel Efficiency in the 2011 F-150

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On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 8:55AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford Improves Fuel Efficiency in the 2011 F-150

In recent automotive news, Ford Motor Co. has made a commitment to improve the fuel economy by as much as 20% in the 2011 F-150 truck, which will be available in all four new engines in the line-up. With government mandates putting pressure on automakers to improve fuel economy in cars and trucks, Ford has already started to put its plan in motion.

One dilemma that Ford is facing is how to upgrade the F-Series trucks in order to have enough power so that the V-6 models can replace the old gas hog V-8 engines. At the same time, providing 20% better fuel economy.

But Ford is up to the challenge, offering what Ford is calling “the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the truck’s history.”  The line-up for the 2011 Ford F-150 features four new truck engines: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter, and 6.2-liter V8s, and a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter. Headlining the engine lineup is a new twin-turbo EcoBoost engine with Ti-VCT that has been specifically tuned, calibrated, and tested for durability and reliability.

Marketing the new V-6 to Ford’s customers who have been accustomed to driving a V-8 may have a few obstacles to overcome, but Ford says that the company is confident that the 3.7 liter V-6 has enough power to step up to the plate. Features of the new 3.7 V-6 include estimated 300 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, 275 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, class-leading fuel economy, 6,100 pounds maximum towing capacity, Ti-VCT—which creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy—E85 flex fuel capability, and piston-cooling jets (which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions).

“This is a well-designed engine with a massive amount of attention to detail around the block and the structure of the block,” said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines program manager. “This attention to the stiffness and rigidity of the bottom end, how the engine is fastened with four-bolt mains and two side bolts, enhances durability and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness).”

Every engine option for the F-150 will be combined with a six-speed automatic transmission redesigned in order to improve fuel economy. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, fuel economy will improve up to 20% as compared to the current 2010 model 5.4-liter V-8.

The 3.7-liter V-6 and the two V-8 engines will arrive in dealers' show rooms the end of this year and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost will be available during the first quarter of 2011.

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