Ford Motor Co.'s new 3.7-liter V-6 is expected to be one of the thriftiest pickup truck engines when it goes into production in the 2011 F-150.
While Ford did not disclose the pickup's EPA rating in press materials released this week, a two-wheel drive F-150 is expected to get an estimated 23 mpg on the highway, according to the web site pickuptrucks.com
That miles per gallon number was mentioned in small print at the bottom of a poster displayed at the 2011 F-150 media introduction earlier this week, the web site reported.
According to the EPA web site, no other full-sized 2011 pickup tops that highway miles per gallon figure, assuming that number remains unchanged when final ratings are released.
The hybrid version of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado C-15 pickup with a 6-liter V-8 gets 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 3.7-liter V-6 is one of four new truck engines Ford will offer for the 2011 model year.
In its news release, Ford said the 3.7-liter V-6 produces 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpms and 278 pounds feet of torque at 4,000 rpms. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Ford did not offer a V-6 in the 2010 F-150 pickup. The automaker's most fuel efficient 2010 F-150 was a two-wheel-drive model equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8. That engine was rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
Ford's other new engines for the 2011 F-150 are a:
• 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, with 365 hp at 5,000 rpms, and 420 pounds feet of torque at 2,500 rpms
• 5.0-liter V-8, with overhead camshaft, and 360 hp at 5,500 rpms, with 380 pounds feet of torque at 4,250 rpms
• 6.2-liter V-8, single-overhead camshaft, with 411 hp at 5,500 rpms, and 434 pounds feet of torque at 4,500 rpms
A six-speed automatic is standard with each engine.