Report: Ford Builds 100,000th F-150 Pickup With EcoBoost V-6

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Full-size truck buyers appear to be receptive to the idea of a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant, at least according to Ford. The automaker has reportedly managed to move more than 100,000 F-150s built with its EcoBoost twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 in the past year, surpassing many of its initial predictions.

This may not come as a surprise to some, since Ford’s first-quarter sales provided a pretty accurate forecast for this milestone. The first pickups with the EcoBoost went on sale in late February; by April, it had already accounted for 35 percent of F-150 sales. Fast forward to October, and the automaker upped its sales forecast to a 45 percent take rate, as it had sold nearly 75,000 units with the forced-induction engine.

The 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 is rated at 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, returning five more horsepower and 40 more lb-ft of torque than the available 5.0-liter V-8 engine. The truck is also offered with conventional naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 as the base engine, but the high demand continues to center around the more powerful EcoBoost.

What say you -- are you open to the idea of a pickup truck using a smaller displacement engine? Are you willing to sacrifice a bit of power for fuel economy, or would you pay a bit more than a V-8 in order to attain similar performance? Lend your thoughts to the comments section below.

Source: The Detroit News

 

junehhan
That is a pretty stupid question to end this article. I have a 2012 Lincoln MKT Ecoboost AWD on order right now and that is the beauty of Ford's Ecoboost engine. This is an engine that blows away the 5.0 litre Coyote V8 and is more or less equal to the 6.2 litre for light duty applications. It is an engine that offers more performance for the same fuel economy when put to work, and manages to get v6 like fuel economy when you arn't working with the truck.
Wally
Maybe this will push ford, or any truck manufacturer, to offer smaller displacement diesels for their full size trucks. Seems its been under development for years.

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