Ford Motor Co. is making a $500-million investment to build a new compact lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine to be fitted for 2015 F-150 pickup at its Lima site in Ohio. This new 2.7-liter engine, unveiled at Detroit auto show in January along the 2015 F-150, should help the pickup trim the fuel economy gap with Chrysler’s Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
Ram’s pickup features a 3.0-liter diesel engine as well as an EPA rating of 28 mpg highway – the best in the industry among pickups. Currently, the most efficient F-150 is rated at 23 mpg on the highway – making it just 1 mpg highway below the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The Detroit 3 are making heavy investments to hike truck fuel economy to 30.2 mpg by 2025 and comply with new EPA fuel economy regulations.
Ford will commence production of the new V-6 engine in Lima, Ohio in the fourth quarter of 2014 to coincide with the launch of the 2015 F-150, Ford said in a statement. It will also boost its Lima workforce by 300 jobs. Ford will soon offer four engines in the 2015 F-150 -- the 2.7-liter turbo; a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6; a 3.5-liter turbo engine; and a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8. All of them will be paired to six-speed automatic gearbox.
On the other hand, Ram offers an 8-speed automatic transmission as an option, while GM’s offerings are available with six-speed automatics. Ford’s new compact 2.7-liter engine features a cylinder block made of compacted graphite iron, and aluminum heads. It will feature start-stop technology, which could help save fuel in city driving.
“Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “The hardworking team at Lima Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for America’s No. 1 truck.”
“Lima Engine has kept Ford and Lincoln vehicles running for nearly 60 years,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America manufacturing. “Bringing production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost to Lima Engine Plant helps build a solid future both for Ford and the dedicated workers in Ohio.”