Just as the original 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 was one of the most anticipated engines in the fullsize truck market, there was likewise a great deal of interest in the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6. We were pretty confident the horsepower and torque figures would each surpass 300, but we didn’t know by how much. Now we do. Ford has officially announced the output of the smallest-displacement engine in the F-150 lineup—and, currently, among all fullsize trucks—at 325 hp and a surprising 375 lb-ft. And the junior EcoBoost isn’t just some high-mileage special with 98-pound weakling capabilities. The maximum towing capacity with the 2.7 is 8,500 pounds, with a 2,250-pound payload.
Unlike its recent declaration of 31,200 pounds for the 2015 F-450, the towing claims for the 2015 F-150 are J2807-compliant. Output figures were also announced for the new base 3.5L V-6 at 283 hp and 255 lb-ft—that’s 19 hp and 23 lb-ft less than the outgoing 2014 model’s 3.7L V-6. But with the claimed 700-pound lighter weight, Ford asserts acceleration and performance capabilities should be comparable to last year’s model. Fuel economy has not yet been announced for the 2.7L engine, but Ford is not bashful about naming the Ram EcoDiesel in its comparison, suggesting it could come close to the 20/28 figures for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.