Ford is Considering a Four-Cylinder F150

According to sources that spoke with the guys over at, Ford is considering an EcoBoost four-cylinder for the F150.

The turbo four-cylinder would be around 2.5 liters and have 260 hp and 300 lb-ft. of torque. It would not debut until around 2013 and will only be available on the two-door Regular Cab F-150 4×2 and 4×4.

Of course the turbo 4-cylinder is largely a response to the high fuel prices and the new CAFE regulations that will require light trucks to average 28.6 mpg by 2015. Ford’s director of powertrain research, Dan Kapp, claims that Ford’s EcoBoost engines will allow the automaker to reduce engine sizes as much as 50 percent. Ford’s new EcoBoost engines are likely to show up across Ford’s lineup.

Before the four-cylinder engine debuts in the F150, Ford is going to offer a turbo-boosted six-cylinder with around 350 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed transmission. Fuel economy ratings are expected to be around 16/22 when the engine debuts in 2010. Compare this to the 2008 Ford F-150 4×2 with a 4.2-liter V-6 is rated at 14/20 mpg.

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