All aluminum body, 700lbs lighter, and expected 30mpg.
by Ciprian Florea, 13th January 2014
Earlier today, the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150 was unveiled with a heap of brand new features and a light-weight aluminum alloy body, setting yet another benchmark in the full-size pickup truck segment.
The redesigned vehicle also gained a brand new engine, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 units that’s supposed to delivers the performance of a mid-range V8 with greater fuel efficiency. Engineered specifically for the new F-150, the EcoBoost unit also comes with standard Stop-Start, marking the technology’s debut in the Blue Oval’s truck lineup.
Tested in the grueling Baja 1000 last year, the engine features a compacted graphite iron cylinder block, fracture split main-bearing caps, all-new aluminum cylinder heads with water-cooled integrated exhaust manifolds and a variable displacement oil pump.
The composite intake manifold is now lighter and more durable, while cooling jets beneath the pistons help lower the engine’s operating temperatures. Ford says the unit also comes with a cartridge-style oil filter integrated into top of the engine for easier service.
Performance and efficiency figures have yet to be announce, but we'll be right back as soon as Ford spills the beans.
“No one’s ever built a six-cylinder engine like this,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president and global product development. “It combines a host of advanced technologies found throughout the industry to create one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines ever designed.”
2015 Ford F-150: 2.7-liter EcoBoost Engine Gets Detailed