Instead of a V-8, Ford Motor Co's 2011 F-150 pickup will feature a V-6, according to industry and dealer sources. The last time that ford offered a V-6 was in the 2008 F-150.
Sources reveal that the 2011 F-150, which starts selling early next year, will be powered by a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine. A 4.6-liter V-8 had powered the 2010 F-150's standard engine. Meanwhile, the 2011 F-150 will also have a 5.0-liter V-8 available.
The 2011 Ford Mustang offers both the 3.7-liter and 5.0-liter engines. Ford has revealed that it will offer a 3.5-liter V-6 with EcoBoost turbocharging and direct injection in the 2011 F-150.
Sources revealed that all engines will have six-speed automatic transmissions. Compared to the outgoing 4.6-liter V-8, the 3.7-liter V-6 is said to deliver more hp and torque, aside from better fuel economy.
Specifications have not been divulged. This is actually the first time that Ford uses an EcoBoost engine on a rear-drive pickup or SUV.
Ford's campaign will try to persuade potential buyers that the EcoBoost generates the same durability with more capability than the current engines, according to Mark Grueber, Ford's F-150 marketing manager.