Ford cuts size, boosts performance of base F-150 V6

Ford cuts size, boosts performance of base F-150 V6

Downsizing should improve fuel economy despite 200cc loss in volume.

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Dearborn, Michigan – Ford is cutting another 200cm3 out of its base truck engine block, taking non-turbo V6 in the 2018 F-150 pickup and Expedition SUV to 3.3L from 3.5L in earlier versions of the truck.

“Each F-150 and Expedition customer has unique needs, and we can deliver even more of the capability and efficiency they are looking for, thanks to our strategic use of lightweight materials and innovative V6 engines,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “Our dedication to this kind of innovation helps our F-Series and Expedition customers take care of their growing families and businesses, all with fewer stops for fuel along the way.”

About 75% of F-150 trucks are sold with V6 engines, and Ford continues to refine those options. Though 29% smaller than the engine it replaces, the 3.3L V6 has slightly more horsepower than the outgoing engine (290hp, up about 3% from 282hp) and torque (265 lb-ft, up about 5% from 253 lb-ft).

Ford engineers estimate that the smaller size and other changes to the truck will improve fuel economy when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the vehicle.

Other engines available on the truck are:

  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6

    325hp, 400 lb-ft torque (up 25 from 2017 model)

  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6

    375hp, 470 lb-ft torque (unchanged from 2017)

  • 5L V8

    395hp (up 10 from 2017), 400 lb-ft torque (up 13 from 2017)

  • 3L Power Stroke V6 diesel

    Stats not listed, engine available in spring of 2018

The 2018 Ford F-150 arrives in dealerships this fall. It is built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.