FORD ECOBOOST JOINS F-150 LINEUP, DELIVERS UNBEATABLE CAPABILITY, POWER AND FUEL ECONOMY
•The 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ truck engine will deliver an unbeatable combination of best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds, payload of 3,060 pounds, torque of 420 lb.-ft.
and the fuel economy of a V6
•The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
and best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, with up to 90 percent of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel
•Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost engine technology highlights the most extensive engine makeover in Ford F-Series history.
•The F-150 EcoBoost engine features technology found in heavy-duty diesel truck engines, including twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, and is uniquely designed to meet the stringent Ford truck durability tests
DALLAS, Sept. 20, 2010 – With its new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2011 Ford F-150 will deliver best-in-class towing capability and torque with outstanding fuel economy.
“Customers have embraced the EcoBoost solution of delivering the power they desire with the fuel economy they demand in a no-compromise package,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “From the start, we have pledged that this solution applies to any engine and any customer. The EcoBoost truck engine for the 2011 F-150 will deliver those attributes and has been specially tuned and tested to deliver the best-in-class towing and capability our truck customers demand.”
The key technology built into every EcoBoost engine, including turbocharging and direct fuel injection, is particularly relevant to customers of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine.
This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded three-horse trailer or 30-foot boat, for example. Plus the EcoBoost truck engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.
“Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics,” said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines program manager. “The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.”
Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine’s peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. A typical comparable V8 competitor reaches peak torque at higher engine speeds – around 4,000 rpm – and holds it for a much smaller range.
“This is good news for customers because the combination of reaching peak torque at a lower engine speed, and maintaining that torque for a longer period, brings new levels of fuel efficiency with maximum towing capability other competitors can’t match,” said Mazuchowski.
This EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.
Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.
An all-new engine
Every Ford truck engine undergoes a tortuous testing program, and the EcoBoost truck engine was no exception.
“We’re testing this EcoBoost truck engine just as we would all of our other F-150 truck engines – we have exactly the same expectations and it has to pass all our truck durability and reliability tests,” said Kris Norman, powertrain operations manager. “From our standpoint, this is an all-new engine specifically designed and engineered for the F-150. Everything is validated to the higher stress levels and higher customer usage levels found in any F-150 engine.”
Three avenues that test and validate engines are computer analysis, laboratory testing and in-vehicle validation. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost application in the 2011 F-150, that includes:
•More than 1.5 million hours of analytical time
•More than 13,000 hours of dynamometer testing, including more than 5,000 hours at full boost and more than 2,500 hours at or above 5,000 rpm; the dyno testing helps ensure durability in excess of 150,000 miles
•More than 100,000 hours of vehicle test time encompassing the full range of potential customer operating conditions
All the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.
The computer modeling and system analysis especially have been key.
“Instead of constantly building and testing parts, we want to be smarter and use our computer skills and our ability to model things to do the upfront work,” Norman said. “We want to get everything right at the start, then validate with extensive testing.”
Turning up the heat
Engineers put the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine on an extreme, accelerated pace. The thermal cycling test, for example, replicated conditions from the Arctic Circle to Death Valley to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments.
“On a thermal cycling test, for example, we want the engine to get hot as fast as possible, so the best way to do that is to go full boost at high speed,” Norman said. “To test the structure of the engine, we run it at full boost with maximum load. We run thousands of hours at full boost – conditions not attainable in a real-drive situation but important for proving this F-150 is ready to go the distance.”
The 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.
2011 FORD F-150 ALL-NEW POWERTRAIN LINEUP DELIVERS BEST-IN-CLASS CAPABILITY, PROJECTED TOP FUEL ECONOMY
•The most extensive powertrain overhaul in the 62-year history of Ford F-Series highlights the 2011 Ford F-150. The engine lineup includes four new truck engines: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter V8s and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost™
•Each engine is mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is the first and only automaker to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard equipment
•Each engine delivers best-in-class towing and horsepower. The 2011 F-150 is projected to be up to 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 2010 F-150
•Class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), which improves steering feel and fuel economy, is now included on F-150
•2011 Ford F-150 boasts new feature vehicles, including the Lariat Limited and the XLT Custom
2011 Ford F-150
Login to download images.DALLAS, Sept. 20, 2010 – The signature class-leading capability and durability of the Ford F-150 are enhanced for 2011 with projected class-leading fuel economy and performance. Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 33 years running, now comes equipped with an all-new powertrain lineup that will deliver best-in-class horsepower, torque and projected fuel-economy leadership.
“For the past 33 years, the Ford F-150 has stood alone as the truck people really rely on,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “The class-leading capability of the F-150, combined with the durability that defines ‘Built Ford Tough,’ has made it the No. 1 choice of full-size pickup buyers. Now for 2011, that class-leading towing and payload capability is enhanced even further with engines that deliver projected class-leading fuel economy, allowing our customers to be more productive by maximizing their workload and their fuel economy.”
Including the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which will be available in early 2011, a total of four new powertrains are available in the 2011 F-150. Each new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup truck lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard
Another fuel saver is the addition of class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains. The EPAS system replaces a conventional hydraulic system, which runs continuously off the engine, with a system that draws power only when needed. Additionally, EPAS enables several other driver convenience technologies and provides better steering feel. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks.
“The 2011 Ford F-150 lineup offers our customers the widest array of powertrain solutions,” said Bob Fascetti, director of large gas and diesel engine engineering. “From the entry-level to the high-end customer, each 2011 F-150 will deliver projected best-in-class capability, power and fuel economy along with features and conveniences our competition can’t match.”
A look at the new engine lineup
The three new truck engines available at launch are the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8, each with fuel-saving and performance-enhancing twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) technology, and a version of the 6.2-liter V8 that is the base engine in the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. Here are the highlights of each new engine:
3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
•Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
•Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
•Projected best-in-class fuel economy
•Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors
5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8
•Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
•Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
•Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors
6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
•Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
•Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
•365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
•Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
•Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
•Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors
Six-speed automatic transmission now standard with SelectShift available
SelectShift functionality is available in the six-speed automatic transmission. SelectShift allows customers to select the desired gear. The transmission also features progressive range select, which allows the customer to lock out the available gears while in Drive.
Also enabled is tow/haul mode, which provides better control when hauling a heavy load or towing a trailer, especially when descending grades. The improved system uses an array of sophisticated electronic sensors to better predict the driver’s need for a downshift to provide engine braking and enhanced control.
A more nimble F-150
Along with improved fuel economy, another key benefit of EPAS is that the steering gear can be more precisely tuned for optimum feel for on-road and parking efforts. The tuning is software-based, so the steering can be programmed and essentially customized to each model based on wheelbase, powertrain and other factors.
“The addition of EPAS is a huge step forward for the F-150,” said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-150. “It allows for lighter parking lot efforts but will retain that on-road feel and steering precision truck customers expect.”
Increased content, increased choices throughout the F-150 lineup
The wide range of powertrain options is complemented by the greater variety of offerings in the 2011 F-150 as well as the expanded content. A 4.2-inch LCD message center and larger
in-mirror rear view camera screen are among the new customer conveniences available.
New clusters include the available 4.2-inch LCD message center screen’s menu options display, which includes information related to fuel economy, towing performance and off-roading. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel. The screen in the rearview mirror for the rear view camera option not only is larger (increased from 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches), it has higher resolution than the outgoing version. Further, customers can zoom in or out, which is particularly helpful during towing hookup and other towing operations.
Other new standard and available content includes a three-point safety belt and head restraint for the middle passenger in the front seat, express up and down front windows, 110-volt outlet, Remote Start, telescoping steering wheel, HD Radio™ and perimeter alarm.
Popular SYNC and Ford Work Solutions available
Two technology stalwarts of Ford trucks are available again for 2011 – SYNC® and Ford Work Solutions™.
SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information leverages industry-leading voice-recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone to deliver personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather – without the need for a built-in navigation system.
Ford Work Solutions features an in-dash computer that provides full high-speed Internet and wireless accessories that include a mouse and printer; Tool Link™, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system that enables customers to maintain a real-time inventory of tools or equipment stored in the vehicle; Crew Chief™, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system; and Cable Lock System to secure large tools or equipment in the cargo area.
New for the 2011 Ford F-150 are a seat-integrated shoulder belt for the front middle seat, a head restraint for the second-row middle seat and integrated spotter mirrors. These additions join numerous standard safety features, including an advanced safety cage with high-strength steel and six standard airbags.
The basic trim levels – XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4 and Lariat – are again offered in addition to King Ranch®, Platinum, SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson F-150. Joining the XLT lineup is the new XLT Custom package tailored for customers who opt for the 3.7-liter V6. Available in all cabs in two-wheel-drive configuration, the XLT Custom exterior includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tip, body-color 4-inch running boards, body-color front and rear bumper fascias, unique grille with body-color surround and chrome billet insert.
The 2011 F-150 FX2 and FX4 are now more unified, with FX2 customers able to share the sporty yet rugged off-road look originally pioneered by the FX4. The FX2 and FX4 share common grilles, 18-inch wheels (20-inch wheels optional), body-color power mirrors, body and tailgate handles, black surround headlamps and taillamps. The trucks are differentiated by unique badging on the box and front fenders.
Both the XLT and Lariat have added off-road packages, including electronic locking rear differential, skid plates and off-road-tuned front and rear shock absorbers.
Lariat Limited returns
Returning to the F-150 lineup for 2011 is the popular Lariat Limited, which debuted in 2008. This premium offering, limited to 3,500 units in the U.S., is powered by the 6.2-liter V8 rated at 411 horsepower.
Available in White Platinum tri-coat only, the Lariat Limited features chrome details and finish, including chrome surround in the unique grille, chrome-trimmed power-deployable running boards, chrome tie-down hooks and chrome “Limited” box-side lettering. Other exterior highlights include blacked-out headlamps and taillamps, body-color grille billets and unique lower fascia.
The 22-inch polished forged aluminum wheels with body-color accents are complemented by a specially tuned suspension for more precise handling.
Premium two-tone leather seat inserts highlight the interior, which includes leather-wrapped steering wheel with painted switch bezels, ambient lighting, brushed-metal “Limited” scuff plates and a wrapped center console lid with accent stitching, chrome ornament and engraved serialization plate with the vehicle identification number.
“The 2011 Ford F-150 has all the best-in-class towing and payload capability and durability our tough truck customers demand and now takes a giant leap forward in fuel economy, performance and technology,” said Kuehn.
The 2011 Ford F-150 will be available in late 2010.
For more information
For additional information, please click here
for the 2011 Ford F-150 mini-site.