The New 2.7L EcoBoost V6 Will Make the 2015 Ford F150 the Most Efficient Truck in the US
We don’t know much about the new 2.7L EcoBoost that will power the 2015 Ford F150 when it goes on sale later this year such as power figures or fuel economy numbers but Ford has stated that this tiny new turbocharged V6 will offer similar power to some mid-range V8 truck engines. The Ram brand and Nissan no longer offer a mid-range V8 in their half ton pickups but Chevrolet and Toyota do. The new Silverado features a 5.3L V8 with 355hp and 383lb-ft of torque while the Toyota Tundra’s 4.6L V8 offers 310hp and 327lb-ft of torque.
Considering that the current 3.5L EcoBoost V6 365hp and 420lb-ft of torque it is unlikely that the 2.7L EcoBoost will challenge Chevy’s 5.3L V8 since this new EcoBoost would be infringing on the 3.5L EcoBoost that serves as the premium engine option. On the other hand, with Toyota’s mid-range V8 offering only 310 horsepower and 327lb-ft of torque – the new EcoBoost could very well challenge that 8-cylinder mill. It should be noted that the 5.6L V8 at work in the current Nissan Titan produces 317hp and 385lb-ft of torque so should the new 2.7L EcoBoost actually make somewhere in the area of 310hp – it will be tough competition for the Titan’s only V8 as well.
In addition to likely being more powerful as Toyota’s 4.6L V8 and Nissan’s 5.6L V8, the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 in the 2015 Ford F150 will almost surely offer far better fuel economy than these V8s…and maybe every other engine in the half ton truck segment. In addition to the EcoBoost technology that will make this new mill very efficient and very powerful, the smallest engine in the 2015 F150 lineup will be the first Ford truck to feature Start/Stop technology.
This shuts the engine off when the truck has come to a stop but this new Start/Stop system in the 2015 F150 pickups that are powered by the new EcoBoost engine will automatically disable itself when the truck is in four wheel drive or when it is towing. These EcoBoost trucks will also feature a new Active Grille Shutter feature that will help to improve fuel economy further so between the lightweight nature of the 2015 F150, the new Start/Stop system and the technology that is used on every new EcoBoost engine – the 2015 Ford F150 will almost surely stake its claim as being the most efficient pickup in the US market.
To do so, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will have to allow the new F150 to hit better than the 25 miles per gallon offered by the V6 Pentastar powered 2014 Ram 1500. With the powerful 3.5L EcoBoost helping the much heavier 2014 F150 hit 22mpg on the highway, a new engine that focuses more closely on fuel economy shouldn’t have a tough time hitting 26mpg.
If I were a betting man, I would guess that the 2.7L EcoBoost 4-cylinder that will power the 2015 Ford F150 will offer 310 horsepower, 330lb-ft of torque and rear wheel drive highway fuel economy ratings of 26 miles per gallon. The 2015 F150 is promised to hit dealerships later this year so it shouldn’t be long before we know more about the new EcoBoost V6 but the odds are better than not that this engine will be the most fuel efficient engine in the half ton truck segment.