When Ford announced the all-new 2015 F-150 earlier this week, the big focus was on the truck’s light weight, enabled by the extensive use of aluminum and new 2.7-liter turbo-charged EcoBoost V6 engine. Somewhere between all of that, the truck’s base 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine — the mill that will be responsible for a big chunk of the F-150’s sales — got lost in the mix, with no one really taking notice that it was an all-new unit. At least that’s according to a Ford news release.
Specifically, the new 3.5-liter six-banger replaces the current 12th-gen’s base 3.7-liter Duratec V6. It uses twin independent variable camshaft timing to provide a flat torque curve, improved efficiency, and high capability. Interestingly, the new 3.5 isn’t direct-injected, instead using sequential multipart as its method of electronic fuel injection.
Not much else is known about the new mill outside of that, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground and tell you more as soon as we know more.