Ford Trucks Lead the Market in Fuel Economy

Ford?s F-Series pickups have been America?s best-selling vehicles for years, and now they are becoming the most fuel-efficient pickups, too, thanks to a new engine lineup.

An all-new 3.7-liter V-6 is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending EPA certification, plus the new 5.0-liter V-8 engine is projected to deliver best-in-class 21 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

?The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers ? best-in-class power, capability, durability and fuel economy,? said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. ?Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes.?

The new 3.7-liter V-6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. The new 5.0-liter V8 is projected to deliver 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. No manufacturer offers better fuel economy numbers in these respective segments.

?Seventy percent of F-150 customers said better fuel economy is what they?d like improved most in their truck,? said Doug Scott, Truck Group marketing manager. ?The 2011 Ford F-150 does exactly that with best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class capability and power, and more powertrain choices to suit their different needs.?

The new V-6 and V-8 make up half of an all-new powertrain lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150, part of the most extensive engine makeover in the 62-year history of F-Series. Also new for 2011 are the 6.2-liter V-8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost? truck engine. The EcoBoost will be available in early 2011. Trucks with the 3.7-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 will arrive in dealer showrooms later this year.

Each engine is mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is the only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with six-speed gearboxes as standard.

This versatile new powertrain lineup enables F-150 customers to choose the engine that best suits their needs.

The tried-and-true 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded to bring available customer conveniences such as SelectShift capability with progressive range select and manual mode to the F-150 for the first time.

The new Ford powertrain lineup includes:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V-6
Rated at 302 hp and 278 lb.ft. or torque, the engine is expected to get a best in class fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. ?It has a towing capacity of 6,100 pounds.

5.0-liter four-valve DOHC Ti-VCT V8
The 5.0-liter V-8 is rated at 350 hp and 380 lb.ft. of torque and has a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.? Fuel economy is projects to be best in class at 21 mpg highway.

6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V-8

The 6.2-liter V-8 is a premium engine offering on the 2011 F-150 and standard on theF-150 SVT Raptor.? It is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.ft. of torque.? Towing capacity is 11,300 pounds.

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost V-6

This premium powertrain with its twin turbocharged EcoBoost is rated at 365 hp and 420 lb.ft. of torque. ?The mighty V-6 will tow 11,300 pounds.? Fuel economy numbers have not yet been released.

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