Ford Announces 2015 F150 2.7L EcoBoost V6 Power, Towing Numbers
Ford Motor Company has made very good use of its EcoBoost technology and as both the original and the most powerful EcoBoost, the 3.5L twin turbo engine has quickly become the most popular engine choice for new Ford F150 buyers. EcoBoost technology has also made a huge impact across the rest of the Ford lineup including the current Escape, Edge, Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Flex, and Taurus – all of which have become popular models with the various turbocharged engines. Even the mighty Mustang will be getting an EcoBoost engine very soon, with the new 2.3L EcoBoost coming to the 2015 Mustang both in the US and abroad.
With all of that in mind, it is getting harder and harder to question Ford’s integration of EcoBoost technology, but there were some people who wondered if the new 2.7L EcoBoost that will power the 2015 Ford F150 would just be too little to get by. I was not one of those skeptics and I anticipated that the 2.7L EcoBoost would offer somewhere in the area of 315-325 horsepower. Turns out, I was right on the money.
Impressive Power from an Efficient V6
The 2015 Ford F150 powered by the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will deliver 325 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque; figures that fall just short of the 5.0L V8 with 360 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque. This engine is expected to give these F150s a monster advantage in fuel economy over almost all of the other trucks in the half ton segment – except for perhaps the Ram 150 EcoDiesel. Most importantly, Ford has been able to introduce this small and efficient engine without killing the working abilities of the truck, with the 2.7L V6 affording owners the option to haul 2,250lbs and tow 8,500lbs.
When combined with the weight saving efforts made through the use of aluminum body panels on the 2015 Ford F150, this tiny twin turbo V6 should be able to hang with the vast majority of half ton trucks for the 2015 model year in terms of capabilities while exceeding almost anything else on the market in fuel economy.
The Real Battle Comes with the Ram EcoDiesel
The most efficient truck in the full size, half ton segment right now is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which delivers 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28mpg on the highway. This 3.0L turbo diesel engine offers 240 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque, allowing it to haul 1,620lbs and tow 9,200lbs so in addition to being the most efficient, it is also as capable as you would expect a truck of this size to be in today’s market. If Ford wants to reclaim the title of offering the most efficient half ton truck in America, they will need to beat the Ram EcoDiesel and this new 2.7L EcoBoost is their best bet.