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2011 Ford F-150


2011 Ford F-150
•The most extensive powertrain overhaul in the 62-year history of Ford F-Series highlights the 2011 Ford F-150. The engine lineup includes four new truck engines: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter V8s and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost™
•Each engine is mated to a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on Ford is the first and only automaker to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard equipment
•Each engine delivers best-in-class towing and horsepower. The 2011 F-150 is projected to be up to 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 2010 F-150
•Class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), which improves steering feel and fuel economy, is now included on F-150
•2011 Ford F-150 boasts new feature vehicles, including the Lariat Limited and the XLT Custom

The signature class-leading capability and durability of the Ford F-150 are enhanced for 2011 with class-leading fuel economy and performance. Ford F-Series, America's best-selling truck for 33 years running, now comes equipped with an all-new powertrain lineup that will deliver best-in-class horsepower, torque and fuel economy.

'For the past 33 years, the Ford F-150 has stood alone as the truck people really rely on,' said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. 'The class-leading capability of the F-150, combined with the durability that defines ‘Built Ford Tough,' has made it the No. 1 choice of full-size pickup buyers. Now for 2011, that class-leading towing and payload capability is enhanced even further with engines that deliver class-leading fuel economy, allowing our customers to be more productive by maximizing their workload and their fuel economy.'

Including the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which will be available in early 2011, a total of four new powertrains are available in the 2011 F-150. Each new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on Ford is the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup truck lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard

Another fuel saver is the addition of class-exclusive 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. Additionally, EPAS enables several other driver convenience technologies and provides better steering feel. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks.

'The 2011 Ford F-150 lineup offers our customers the widest array of powertrain solutions,' said Bob Fascetti, director of large gas and diesel engine engineering. 'From the entry-level to the high-end customer, each 2011 F-150 will deliver best-in-class capability, power and fuel economy along with features and conveniences our competition can't match.'

A look at the new engine lineup
The three new truck engines available at launch are the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8, each with fuel-saving and performance-enhancing twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) technology, and a version of the 6.2-liter V8 that is the base engine in the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. Here are the highlights of each new engine:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
•Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
•Únsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
•Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2 configuration)
•Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8
•Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
•Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
•Best-in-class 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2 configuration)
•Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
•Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
•Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
•Únsurpassed 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2 configuration)
•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
•365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
•Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
•Úp to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
•Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
•Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors

Six-speed automatic transmission now standard with SelectShift available
SelectShift functionality is available in the six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on SelectShift allows customers to select the desired gear. The transmission also features progressive range select, which allows the customer to lock out the available gears while in Drive.

Also enabled is tow/haul mode, which provides better control when hauling a heavy load or towing a trailer, especially when descending grades. The improved system uses an array of sophisticated electronic sensors to better predict the driver's need for a downshift to provide engine braking and enhanced control.

A more nimble F-150
Along with improved fuel economy, another key benefit of EPAS is that the steering gear can be more precisely tuned for optimum feel for on-road and parking efforts. The tuning is software-based, so the steering can be programmed and essentially customized to each model based on wheelbase, powertrain and other factors.

'The addition of EPAS is a huge step forward for the F-150,' said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-150. 'It allows for lighter parking lot efforts but will retain that on-road feel and steering precision truck customers expect.'

Increased content, increased choices throughout the F-150 lineup
The wide range of powertrain options is complemented by the greater variety of offerings in the 2011 F-150 as well as the expanded content. A 4.2-inch LCD message center and larger in-mirror rear view camera screen are among the new customer conveniences available.

New clusters include the available 4.2-inch LCD message center screen's menu options display, which features information related to fuel economy, towing performance and off-roading. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel. The screen in the rearview mirror for the rear view camera option not only is larger (increased from 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches), it has higher resolution than the outgoing version. Further, customers can zoom in or out, which is particularly helpful during towing hookup and other towing operations.

Other new standard and available content includes a three-point safety belt and head restraint for the middle passenger in the front seat, express up and down front windows, 110-volt outlet, Remote Start, telescoping steering wheel, HD Radio™ and perimeter alarm.

Popular SYNC and Ford Work Solutions available
Two technology stalwarts of Ford trucks are available again for 2011 – SYNC® and Ford Work Solutions™.

SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information leverages industry-leading voice-recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone to deliver personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather – without the need for a built-in navigation system.

Ford Work Solutions features an in-dash computer that provides full high-speed Internet and wireless accessories that include a mouse and printer; Tool Link™, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system that enables customers to maintain a real-time inventory of tools or equipment stored in the vehicle; Crew Chief™, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system; and Cable Lock System to secure large tools or equipment in the cargo area.

Safety enhancements
New for the 2011 Ford F-150 are a seat-integrated shoulder belt for the front middle seat, a head restraint for the second-row middle seat and integrated spotter mirrors. These additions join numerous standard safety features, including an advanced safety cage with high-strength steel and six standard airbags.

More choice
The basic trim levels – XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4 and Lariat – are again offered in addition to King Ranch®, Platinum, SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson F-150. Joining the XLT lineup is the new XLT Custom package tailored for customers who opt for the 3.7-liter V6. Available in all cabs in two-wheel-drive configuration, the XLT Custom exterior includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tip, body-color 4-inch running boards, body-color front and rear bumper fascias, unique grille with body-color surround and chrome billet insert.

The 2011 F-150 FX2 and FX4 are now more unified, with FX2 customers able to share the sporty yet rugged off-road look originally pioneered by the FX4. The FX2 and FX4 share common grilles, 18-inch wheels (20-inch wheels optional), body-color power mirrors, body and tailgate handles, black surround headlamps and taillamps. The trucks are differentiated by unique badging on the box and front fenders.

Both the XLT and Lariat have added off-road packages, including electronic locking rear differential, skid plates and off-road-tuned front and rear shock absorbers.

Lariat Limited returns
Returning to the F-150 lineup for 2011 is the popular Lariat Limited, which debuted in 2008. This premium offering, limited to 3,500 units in the Ú.S., is powered by the 6.2-liter V8 rated at 411 horsepower.

Available in White Platinum tri-coat only, the Lariat Limited features chrome details and finish, including chrome surround in the unique grille, chrome-trimmed power-deployable running boards, chrome tie-down hooks and chrome 'Limited' box-side lettering. Other exterior highlights include blacked-out headlamps and taillamps, body-color grille billets and unique lower fascia.

The 22-inch polished forged aluminum wheels with body-color accents are complemented by a specially tuned suspension for more precise handling.

Premium two-tone leather seat inserts highlight the interior, which includes leather-wrapped steering wheel with painted switch bezels, ambient lighting, brushed-metal 'Limited' scuff plates and a wrapped center console lid with accent stitching, chrome ornament and engraved serialization plate with the vehicle identification number.

'The 2011 Ford F-150 has all the best-in-class towing and payload capability and durability our tough truck customers demand and now takes a giant leap forward in fuel economy, performance and technology,' said Kuehn.

Source - Ford


2011 Ford F-150What: F-150 EcoBoost™ engine teardown. When: Jan. 15, 2011, 11 a.m. Where: North American International Auto Show, Cobo Hall, Detroit; Ford's Powertrain display
•Teardown free and open to the public
•2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 'hero' engine has racked up the equivalent of more than 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use
•The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine produces a best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular unleaded fuel, enabling best-in-class conventional towing of 11,300 pounds2011 Ford F-150
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 27, 2010 – Ford powertrain engineers will tear down an engine that

has gone a distance equal to six times around the earth and three quarters of the way to the moon. Or put another way: the engine has the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use.

2011 Ford F-150
Now, Ford engineers want to see how the engine's parts and components held up. They will disassemble and examine it for long-term durability in front of the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m.

'Customers will be able to see for themselves how the components fared during a regime of tests that, when taken together, are far more extreme than even the harshest-use customer could dish out,' said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines programs manager. 'This EcoBoost truck engine received no special treatment, and now we're going to see how it did.'

The F-150 EcoBoost engine saw its first action on the dyno in July. Engineers punished it in temperature and load extremes simulating nearly 10 years of use – a regimen tougher than any consumer could ever subject a truck to. At this point, most engines would be ready to be rebuilt or retired, but the EcoBoost testing engine was just beginning.

The engine was dropped into a regular production 2011 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant Then it hit the road and saw some of the most severe use Ford engineers have ever dreamed up.

2011 Ford F-150 •It hauled 55 tons of lumber
•It ran at full throttle for 24 straight hours towing 11,300 pounds
•Beat competitors' larger engines in an uphill towing competition
•Completed the world's toughest desert endurance race, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in Mexico

Go to to see firsthand how the EcoBoost truck engine performs in each of these events.

After its run in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine was removed from the F-150 race truck and shipped to Dearborn. To view, go to

Last month, the engine returned to the Dearborn dynamometer lab – where it started its 'torture test' – to have power levels and output checked at a speed range from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The results:

•Produced best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
•Produced 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
•Power and torque met with the same level of boost as the new advertised power engine
•Cylinder compression (a measure of how efficiently the engine makes power) and leakdown (measures pressure lost due to worn piston rings or defects in the valvetrain) both were still in specification
•No oil or fluid leaks

Twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection

Key to EcoBoost's performance is the wealth of low-end torque produced by the combination of twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. Úp to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine's peak, best-in-class torque of 420 lb.-ft. is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel. (concept carz) The engine produces 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.

'Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics,' said Mazuchowski. 'The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.'

The EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. (concept carz) Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.

Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.

Final phase of EcoBoost 'torture test'

The teardown is the final phase of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine's 'Torture Test,' a multipart series of web-based documentaries that began when this randomly selected EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 miles or 10 years' use on the dynamometer, replicating the duty cycle of the harshest-use customer.

EcoBoost is fundamental to Ford's strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel economy. EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

In addition to turbocharging with direct injection, Ford engineers have enhanced EcoBoost's technology capabilities by adding variable valve timing and precisely controlling all aspects of the engine. Ford has at least 125 patents on its EcoBoost technology.

Ford truck leadership continues

Ford F-Series is the best-selling and most-awarded pickup truck (for 34 years straight) and best-selling vehicle (for 29 years straight) in America. Here are some of the recent awards for Ford F-Series trucks:

2011 F-150

• and ÚSA Today: 2010 V-6 Shootout: Best Overall V-6 Work Truck
•Consumer Digest Best Buy
•The SEMA Award™ for Hottest Truck

2011 Super Duty

• Farmer Industry News Best Pickup
•Popular Mechanics Auto Excellence Award: Best Workhorse
•Ward's Best Engine: 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel
• Best Engine: 6.2-liter gas
•ALG Residual Value
•Kelley Blue Book Residual Value
•Truck Line of Texas

Source - Ford

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