With the new 2011 F-150, Ford is launching the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup of any manufacturer. The new 3.7-liter V6 model will deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending EPA certification. The 5.0-liter V8 model is projected to 21 mpg highway, also 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 improved efficiency of each engine is complemented by additional improvements to the transmission and other areas of the new F-150.
The 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded to include SelectShift capability with progressive range select and manual mode, and the F-150’s transmission has been optimized for the new engines.
Another fuel saver is the addition of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains. The EPAS system replaces a conventional hydraulic system, which runs continuously off the engine, with a system that draws power only when needed. EPAS contributes about a 4 percent fuel-economy benefit compared with conventional hydraulic systems.
Details on each new F-150 engine can be found here.
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