New Ford F-150 gets 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6

Willie Grace | 7/23/2014, 5:52 p.m. | Updated on 7/23/2014, 5:52 p.m.
Ford’s new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine will make 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque when it debuts in ...

Ford’s new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine will make 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque when it debuts in the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150. A new naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0-liter V8 will also be available in the pickup.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has a new design, according to Ford, and improves the power-to-weight ratio of the F-150 by 15 percent over the 2014 model with the 5.0-liter V8. In 4x2 trim, the new EcoBoost-equipped truck has a 2,250-pound payload rating and a tow rating of 8,500 pounds.

Ford firsts for the new engine include stop/start technology and a compacted graphite iron cylinder block, with knowledge borrowed from the company’s Power Stroke diesel.

Ford added this handy comparison chart to help show the capabilities of its latest crop of pickups.

Ford F-150 towing and payload chart Photo by Ford

The new naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 makes 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, replacing the 302-hp, 278-lb-ft 3.7-liter V6 from 2014. The engine allows a payload of 1,910 pounds and is good for towing 7,600 pounds.

Both the upper and lower manifolds have been tuned for more responsiveness, and both are made of composite to reduce weight. An aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce pumping losses (increasing power), and a deep-sump oil pan lengthens oil-change intervals.

In addition to the new V6 engines, the 360-hp, 420-lb-ft 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 360-hp, 380-lb-ft 5.0-liter V8 return for 2015. As of now, there’s no word on the future of the 411-hp, 6.2-liter V8.

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