Apr 202012
 

If you have been paying attention, you will notice that this is the first COTW that isn’t a carryover from my old site. For the past several weeks I have been allowing the older cars to run in review while I worked on other areas and got the new, official site up and running. Now, though, we can get back down to business. For my triumphant return to COTW I wanted to pick something that would be interesting to a large number of people; something that is both powerful and economical; something that in some way represents the future. Why, then, did I pick a truck? Read on.

This weeks (brand new!) car of the week:

2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

Why?

My Uncle recently bought one of these and several aspects piqued my curiosity. First, he is a boat owner and uses his truck to tow his baby to and from the arena. His past several trucks have been Dodge Rams, but Dodge’s recent aversion to leasing drove him to the Ford brand. Despite the fact that this F-150 is a V6, the torque numbers and tow ratings are pretty impressive. According to Ford, the EcoBoost engine makes 420 lb-ft. of torque at a startling 2500 rpm. Not bad for only 3.5 liters.

In spite of its power, though, the truck is capable of fuel mileage as high as the low 20s on the highway and unlike the big V8 trucks, that mileage doesn’t drop off a cliff when you attach a load to the back. Ford’s boost management keeps the fuel consumption linear and manageable.

Finally, I just think it’s cool that there is a twin-turbo V6 in a truck. That may be sacrilege to some, but turbos have always provided a remarkably efficient way to make more power. It was only a matter of time before they became a true displacement alternative in the highly competitive gas-powered truck market.

About the Car

Ford debuted the EcoBoost concept in 2007, but it did not see production until the 2010 model year. That year it was used in the Ford Flex, several Lincoln models and, most notably, the Ford Taurus SHO. Ford used this last platform to tout its ability to make a high-performance sport sedan without using a large-displacement engine and without sacrificing fuel consumption. Models available with EcoBoost engines continue to increase each model year.

EcoBoost engines use a direct injection system that deposites fuel directly in to the combustion chamber. This enables very close control of the amount of fuel and the timing of injection. In combination with the additional air provided by the turbo system, this results in an extremely efficient mixture.

Although the V6 engine is the centerpiece of the program, Ford also builds several other EcoBoost engines, including a 1.3 liter 3-cylinder, a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder and a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder, available in various applications around the world. As manufacturers are forced to use turbochargers in order to make horsepower while meeting stringent fuel consumption guidelines, EcoBoost will take a more prominent role in Ford’s entire model line. Should be interesting to watch.

Other Resources

Ford F-150 home page
Wikipedia: Ford EcoBoost (to be taken with a grain of salt, of course)
Wikipedia: Ford F-series (to be taken with a grain of salt, of course)
Automobile Magazine F150 EcoBoost review

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