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New Small V-6 Engine Coming From Ford


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When the UAW (briefly) posted a PDF document communicating Ford contract details on its website, the union inadvertently released a slew of upcoming product plans. The UAW document has since been removed, but we now know that the Ford Transit Van will be assembled in the U.S., we know that Ford’s Flat Rock plant will be used to build supplemental production of Ford Fusion sedans, and we know that the Shelby GT 500 will be getting an all-new 5.8-liter V-8.

Buried deep within the UAW document was also word of an all-new, small displacement V-6 to be built at Ford’s Lima, Ohio engine plant. That’s what we know as fact, but it’s fairly easy to speculate on a few details.

As an all-new engine, it will surely come with fuel saving and power-boosting technologies such as gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing. We’d expect Ford to produce an EcoBoost version of the engine as well, since Ford has had great success with the EcoBoost engine range to date.

Car and Driver takes it one step further, guessing that the new V-6 will displace between 2.5 and 3.0 liters, and will make as much as 300 horsepower in EcoBoost trim. That slots it in between the 247 horsepower, 2.0-liter I-4 EcoBoost engine used in the Ford Focus ST and the 365 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine used in the Ford F-150 EcoBoost.

 The question remaining, then, is whether the new V-6 will replace the current 3.5 and 3.7-liter V-6 engines, as suggested by Viknesh Vijayenthiran on MotorAuthority, or simply supplement them. We suppose that decision will be made once details of the new engine’s power output and fuel economy are known.
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  1. I'm wondering which is better all around engine....the smaller displacement V6 or an I4 EcoBoost?
     
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  2. @Matt, it really depends how you define better. In my opinion, the larger displacement V-6 is less stressed, but the I-4 EcoBoost returns better fuel economy.

    If I were buying a new Explorer, I'd personally take the standard V-6 over the optional EcoBoost 4
     
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  3. That is exactly my line of thinking regarding these two engines.
    Right on the money with the V6 for the Explorer as apposed to the EB4.
    Kurt, which do you think more stress on an engine a supercharger or turbo? I know they each have their own merit.
     
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  4. @Matt, I'm not sure one is any better or worse than the other. Both are forms of forced induction, and the more power an engine makes the more stresses are put upon it.
     
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