Ford’s 2011 F-150 breaks the Mold When it comes to Fuel Efficient “Trucks” The all-new Powertrains will prove tough to beat. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2011_Ford_F-150_at_Work.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 20, 2010 2011 Ford F-150 at Work… Ford’s F-Series narrative is ringing true once again as America's best-selling truck for 33 years running will receive significant updates. The soon to be released, class-leading capability and durability F-150 will be enhanced for 2011 delivering what is said to be the “best-in-class horsepower, torque and projected fuel-economy”. Including the 3.5L EcoBoost, which will be available in early 2011, a total of four new powertrains will be available in the 2011 F-150. Each new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. 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 projected best-in-class capability, power and fuel economy along with features and conveniences our competition can't match." 2011 Ford F-150 The new engine lineup The three new truck engines available at launch will include an atkinsonized 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. 3.7L four-valve Ti-VCT V6 Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors Projected best-in-class fuel economy Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors 5.0L 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 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors 6.2L 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 Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors 3.L 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 Up 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 For more details on the 3.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost in particular, the More on Ford’s New 3.7L Ti-VCT and 3.5L Twin-Turbo’d EcoBoost engines for the F-150 and 2011 F-Series 3.5L EcoBoost and 3.7L Standard V6’s, 5.0L and 6.2L V8’s will bring you up to speed. A Six-speed automatic transmission is now standard with SelectShift available. SelectShift functionality is available in the six-speed automatic transmission. 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. 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… For a price 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 includes 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. 2011 Ford F-150 Lariet Limited Interior 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. If there was one chink in the F-Series armor, it is Ford’s Work Solutions as the SW behind the screen is simply way beyond its useful life. We’ll see if that has changed beginning tomorrow evening Safety 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 front, side and side curtain airbags. More Trim 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. If you cannot find an 11 F-150 trim level that suits you, I do not know what to tell you! Lariat Limited returns Returning to the F-150 lineup for 2011 is the Lariat Limited, which debuted in 2008. This premium offering, limited to 3,500 units in the U.S., is powered by the 6.2L FSP of a V8 motor 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. The 2011 Ford F-150 will be available in late 2010. As Andrew recently posted, Do not be an "All Hat And No Cattle" cowboy if you decide to order one of these brutes. They are meant for work, not tooling up and down Rodeo Drive trying to impress your friends to the tune of $2,500 a year in fuel being thrown out the window.