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