Popularity of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine continues to grow among F-150 customers.
In the past 38 months, F-150 EcoBoost owners collectively have saved an estimated 56.8 million gallons of gas on an annual basis.
For the fourth month in a row, more than 57 percent of retail sales of Ford F-150 light-duty trucks are powered by V6 engines – reversing 47 years of V8 engine dominance in the industry.
More than 45 percent of these sales are trucks equipped with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
Over the last three years, retail registrations of light-duty pickups powered by V6 engines grew more than 600 percent, with F-150 directly responsible for 91 percent of that growth, based on Ford analysis of Polk retail registration data.
The Technology Behind the EcoBoost Makes it Powerful.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable towing of up to 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded, three-horse trailer or a large boat. Plus, this engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.
“Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics,” said Jim Mazuchowski, Ford V6 engines program manager. “The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless and hard acceleration so much fun.”
Significant Impact on the Environment
That efficiency a V6 engine delivers is starting to have a significant impact on the environment. By moving half a million F-150 customers out of V8s and into V6 engines, Ford has saved more than 56 million gallons of fuel – more than all of the fuel saved from every electric and plug-in electric car ever sold.*
*Note: This assumes people move out of a conventional, midsized hybrid into a more efficient vehicle that never or rarely runs on gas for 15,000 miles a year.