For 33 consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been America’s best selling vehicle-car, truck, SUV, basically anything with a motor that movies. Moving more than 500,000 units in an average year, the F-150 is just a sales beast, and it is only getting better.
A report by PickupTrucks.com is saying that the F-150 will be getting the new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) 3.7 liter V6 in the near future. This is the same engine that delivers 305 horsepower and 30 MPG in the 2011 Mustang.
2009 was the first year in quite some time that you couldn’t buy an F-150 with a 6-cylinder engine. I fondly remember my father’s old F-150 with the 4.9 liter inline-6 engine. It was bullet proof and more than met my father’s contracting needs. Ford is going to offer its EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 in the F-150 as well, though this engine will likely come at a premium price. In the SHO the EcoBoost makes 365 horsepower, though it might get a nice power bump when it ends up in the F-150.
Now we shouldn’t go and expect 30 mpg from either V6 F-150. The Mustang weights about a half-ton less than the F-150 for one, and the base V6 also has a very low 2.73 rear-end gear ratio. Still, it could very well get 23 or 24 mpg if done right, which would make it quite popular among business owners who purchase it for fleet use. The 3.7 liter should show up before 2012, and Ford plans to introduce nine other new or redesigned engines this year.
Source: PickupTrucks.com | Image: Ford