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Will a New Super Duty have EcoBoost?

Monday, February 2nd 2015. | 2017 Ford Super Duty, Administrative, Reviews
2015 Ford Super Duty Grille

2015 Ford Super Duty Grille

We reported we likely won’t see a new Ford Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450) till the 2017 model year, to be released sometime in late-2016. With Ford’s push for EcoBoost engines across their lineup, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see an EcoBoost engine in the new Super Duty. This is pure speculation, but it is an interesting question to think about. The current 6.2 liter gasoline engine in the Super Duty may be on its last legs, it either needs a serious update, or I could see it being retired in favor of a completely new design. This leaves options wide-open as far as what Ford will do for a gasoline powered Super Duty.

Speaking of that 6.2 liter V8, with its not unimpressive 411 horsepower and 434 ft-lb’s of torque. Ford has stated that (for the Raptor and likely the F-150), their 2nd gen EcoBoost will produce more power than the 6.2 liter V8, which was the only engine available in the previous generation of Raptor… and also the current Super Duty (for gasoline models). It stands to reason that if the Gen II EcoBoost 3.5 produces more power that it is a likely candidate for the Super Duty as well.

F-150 EcoBoost Logo

F-150 EcoBoost Logo

The EcoBoost engine is in my opinion a great candidate for a new generation of Ford F-series Super Duty trucks, the twin-turbo engine produces a lot of its torque right from a low RPM all the way up to the higher end of the RPM range, which is exactly what a truck needs to get a load moving (low RPM) and to keep it moving along comfortably (higher RPM). In its first generation in the F-150 it already tows up to 12,200 pounds. So what if the 6.2 liter V8 is on its way out? I see 3 options:

  1. A replacement large-displacement V8, this isn’t unlikely, even though Ford has been working hard at reducing displacement, 3/4 quarter ton and up truck buyers would probably still like to see a large gasoline V8 available for the Super Duty F-250, F-350 and F-450’s.
  2. The 2nd generation 3.5 EcoBoost will take its place, with Ford having indicated that this engine will produce more power than the 6.2 liter V8 this is a likely option as well. This really is a great truck engine with gobs of torque available at all RPM’s thanks to its twin turbo design.
  3. A combination of the above, to appease both traditional V8 buyers and EcoBoost buyers. Maybe this is the most likely, since the F-Series is such a high volume truck they could certainly justify it and it would be the least risky option as far as NOT antagonizing the more traditional truck-buying-crowd.

And since we are speculating, I’m going to throw this wildcard out there: what if Ford comes out with a whole new EcoBoost engine, specifically for Super Duty trucks? The demand/volume is certainly there for Ford to consider it. Perhaps a 4.0 or 4.5 liter V6. Something like that would produce incredible amounts of power, considering the 3.5 liter will soon be the most powerful option in Ford’s gasoline engine lineup (unless you count supercharged Mustangs). At that point it would give the diesel engine a run for its money.

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Towing Horse Trailer

2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty Towing Horse Trailer

The EcoBoost certainly would have its work cut out for it, with current gasoline-towing-capacities for the Super Duty being as high as 16,100 pounds in F-350 form. But in its current generation its max-tow is already up to 12,200 pounds in the F-150, a new generation of EcoBoost and a Super Duty truck frame, I think, would certainly be up to the task.


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