The company with the Blue Oval has reached another automotive milestone after they were able to sell more than 1 million models of the F-150 EcoBoost in the US since 2011.
“We are proving that with advanced technologies like EcoBoost and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy construction, Ford continues to outperform the competition by virtually every metric. EcoBoost is delivering the value, capability and performance F-150 customers insist upon, while helping improve their No. 1 demand – better fuel economy,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager.
Current EcoBoost powertrains available for the F-150 are two V6s, the smaller 2.7-liter and the bigger 3.5-liter. The former produces 330 PS and 508 Nm of torque while the latter cranks out 370 PS and 569 Nm of torque. Even though they're smaller compared to traditional V8s, the use of a twin-scroll turbo system meant that the F-150 can still haul heavy gear while at the same time save up on fuel.
According to Ford, more than 416 million liters of fuel will be saved thanks to the 1 million F-150 EcoBoost trucks prowling the US. Ford also mentioned that the amount of fuel saved is equivalent to filling up 13 supertankers.
Soon, Ford will be launching an even more powerful and fuel efficient 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost which is set to debut in the 2017 F-150. It now benefits from Ford's dual-direct port and port-fuel injection, ligher and more durable turbine wheel for the twin-turbos and auto start-stop function as such. Ford estimated that the new engine will be able to deliver 610 Nm of torque.
Apart from that, the 2017 F-150 will also bhave a new 10-speed automatic gearbox which aims to improve acceleration and fuel economy. It will have three overdrive gears, optimized gear spacing and a wider ratio span.