The new 3.7-liter V-6 engine that will go into production in Ford Motor Co.'s 2011 F-150 is believed to be one of the most fuel-economic pickup truck engines to be offered. The web site Pickuptrucks disclosed that Ford has yet to reveal its EPA rating but a two-wheel drive F-150 is expected to get an estimated 23 mpg on the highway.
The web site said that it got its miles per gallon number from the small print at the bottom of a poster shown at the 2011 F-150 media introduction earlier this week. If this number is unchanged when final ratings are released, this means that no other full-sized 2011 pickup could beat this highway miles per gallon rating.
Notably, the hybrid version of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado C-15 pickup with a 6-liter V-8 returns 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Ford will offer four new truck engines for the 2011 model year, and this 3.7-liter V-6 is one of them.
Ford distributed a news release, saying that the 3.7-liter V-6 delivers 302hp at 6,500 rpms and 278 pounds feet of torque at 4,000 rpms. A six-speed automatic transmission is offered as standard. Ford’s 2010 F-150 pickup did not offer a V-6.
Ford’s most fuel efficient 2010 F-150 was a two-wheel-drive model that was featured with a 4.6-liter V-8. That engine was rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Ford has other new engines for the 2011 F-150.
These include: (1) 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, with 365 hp at 5,000 rpms, and 420 pounds feet of torque at 2,500 rpms; (2) 5.0-liter V-8, with overhead camshaft, and 360 hp at 5,500 rpms, with 380 pounds feet of torque at 4,250 rpms; (3) 6.2-liter V-8, single-overhead camshaft, with 411 hp at 5,500 rpms, and 434 pounds feet of torque at 4,500 rpms. [via autonews - sub. required]