2011 Ford F-150 pickup to receive three replacement powertrains

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Three replacement powertrains will be offered with the 2011 Ford F-150 pickup. Sources say that when the 2011 F-150 pickup goes on sale early next year, consumers will have the choice between a 3.7-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8.

Notably, those engines are in the 2011 Ford Mustang. In addition, Ford revealed that it will offer a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with EcoBoost turbocharging and direct injection in the 2011 F-150.

Sources said that all engines will offer 6-speed automatic transmissions. Buyers who are looking for improved fuel economy will like the 3.7-liter V-6, the standard base engine for the 2011 F-150.

The sources assert that this engine will have bigger horsepower and torque compared with the outgoing 4.6-liter 2-valve V-8 engine that is standard on the 2010 F-150. 

The 2008 model year had a 4.2-liter V-6 but since then, Ford hasn´t offered a -6 engine in the F-150. Meanwhile, rivals Chevrolet, GMC and Dodge have all chosen to continue to offer V-6 engines in their full-size pickups. When asked to comment on the new engine offerings, Ford spokesman Richard Truett declined.

However, he did say that the company is always looking to broaden the appeal of [its] products to give consumers the vehicle that best suits their needs." Ford also offers a 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 and a 5.4-liter 3-valve V-8 in the 2010 F-150.

The F-150's 4.6-liter 2-valve engine delivers 248 hp and 294 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpms and it returns 19 mpg on the highway.

On the other hand, the 2011 Mustang is powered by an aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 305 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque at 4,250 rpms and returns an estimated 31 mpg on the highway.

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