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All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Litre EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance

Tougher, lighter 2015 Ford F-150 welcomes two new engines to its four-engine lineup, providing choices to meet almost any customer need, from hauling tools to towing trailers
Tougher, lighter 2015 Ford F-150 welcomes two new engines to its four-engine lineup, providing choices to meet almost any customer need, from hauling tools to towing trailers

With its new 2.7-litre EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-litre V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-litre turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-litre Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

2.7-litre EcoBoost power

The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque – improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15 per cent over the 2014 5.0-litre V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output, thanks to vehicle light-weighting.

The 2.7-litre EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds (1021 kg) and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds (3856 kg), ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs.

Boosting 2.7-litre EcoBoost fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology for F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly. Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

The 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine also features Ford’s first use of a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine, the same material used in Ford’s 6.7-litre Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 in Super Duty trucks. The composite CGI/aluminum cylinder block saves weight while providing strength where it’s needed most for durability.

Advanced technology, power and efficiency combine to create an engine for F-150 that boasts more than twice the horsepower, torque and towing capability of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck with identical displacement 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine.

Ford testing shows the 2.7-litre EcoBoost also outperforming Ram 1500 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-litre V8 while towing a 7,000-pound (3175 kg) enclosed trailer up Davis Dam in Arizona. This is the same grade the Society of Automotive Engineers uses for its J2807 towing testing standards, which the 2015 Ford F-150 will follow. 

Engine                                                        Horsepower     Torque (lb.-ft.)      Payload (lbs.)       Towing (lbs.)
*2015 Ford F-150 4x4
2.7-litre EcoBoost
325 375  2,160 (980 kg) 8,400 (3810 kg)
*2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
2.7-litre four-cylinder
159 180  1,335 (606 kg) 3,500 (1588 kg)
*2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4
5.3-litre V8
355 383  2,007 (910 kg) 11,200 (5080 kg)
*2014 Ram 1500 4x4 3.0-litre
V6 EcoDiesel
240 420  1,620 (735 kg) 9,050 (4105 kg)

3.5-litre V6 tuned for responsive power

Thanks to vehicle weight savings, the standard 3.5-litre V6 with Ti-VCT offers a 5 per cent improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the larger 3.7-litre V6 in the 2014 F-150, with better fuel efficiency and performance.

The 3.5-litre V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds (866 kg) and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds (3447 kg) – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.

Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-litre V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation.

Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-litre V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.

Advanced materials save weight

  • Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.
  • Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds (318 kg) lighter – helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance. The aluminum upper body sits on a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter.
  • In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 offers the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost and the 5.0-litre V8 with Ti-VCT, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers. 

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