Ramp-up includes 150 jobs added for new EcoBoost production

Ford announced its investment of $145 million into upgrades at the Cleveland Engine Plant, while simultaneously creating or retaining 150 jobs that support engine production. The investment is in preparation for the debut of the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, set to arrive inside F-150 pickups for the 2017 model year. Cleveland will also built a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the upcoming 2017 F-150 Raptor.

“Ford customers have embraced EcoBoost’s unbeatable combination of power and efficiency, with more than 60 percent of F-150 customers choosing trucks powered by EcoBoost,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is another great example of Ford continuously improving and innovating to give these hardworking customers the best engines and trucks we can.”

Ford hasn’t official debuted the second-gen EcoBoost, though it has said the high-output version will outperform the 6.2-liter V-8 in the outgoing Raptor – an engine that produced 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. Not only will that be groundbreaking territory for a production V-6 from Ford, it will also be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission – a first for the light-duty pickup segment.

The addition of the high-output EcoBoost is likely why Ford will add the 150 job positions. The Cleveland Engine Plant already builds a slew of engines, including the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for the Edge; the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for the Explorer, Mustang, and Lincoln MKC; and the 3.7-liter V-6 for the Mustang – not to mention the 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the F-150.

The Cleveland Engine Plant has been an major arm of Ford’s vehicle production process, having been in operation since 1951. To date, the plant has built more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since its 2009 introduction.

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Why It Matters

Ford’s concentration on turbocharging smaller-displacement engine seems to be paying off. The automaker is expanding production, putting more EcoBoost engines in more vehicles, and is receiving good reports from customers. From our testing experiences with EcoBoost engines, they do return respectable fuel economy when driven conservatively. When pushed, fuel economy does drop, but the resulting performance is surprising, considering the engines’ relatively small displacement numbers. That’s true across the entire EcoBoost lineup.

We’re more than excited to see what horsepower and torque ratings will result from the high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Ford has done a great job marketing the EcoBoost name, and this high-horse version will surely help convert the naysayers – especially when fitted within the Raptor. What’s more, it’s hard to imagine Ford keeping such a powerplant tied to one vehicle. Perhaps a new performance version of the Mustang will debut, touting a light curb weight (thanks to two fewer cylinders than the V-8) and horsepower that rivals the competition at Chevy and Dodge.

The old saying of “There’s no replacement for displacement” might actually find its death in the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. And while we’re big fans of V-8s around here, seeing a high-tech engine package success is always satisfying.

Source: Ford Motor Company

Press Release

CLEVELAND, Feb. 26, 2016 – Ford is investing $145 million to upgrade its Cleveland Engine Plant – creating or retaining 150 jobs to support strong demand for an all-new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine family for the 2017 Ford F-150 lineup.

The investment in second-generation EcoBoost engine technology is part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 Ford-UAW collective bargaining agreement to invest in its U.S. plants. Ford, which has 80,000 U.S. employees, is committed to creating or securing 8,500 hourly jobs in communities across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio over the next four years. Since 2011, Ford has invested more than $10.2 billion in its plants across the United States.

Cleveland Engine Plant produces the current version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which powers 2016 Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus.

“Ford customers have embraced EcoBoost’s unbeatable combination of power and efficiency, with more than 60 percent of F-150 customers choosing trucks powered by EcoBoost,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is another great example of Ford continuously improving and innovating to give these hardworking customers the best engines and trucks we can.”

In addition to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that has been a success throughout the F-150 lineup, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered by Ford’s all-new second-generation, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost that produces more power with greater efficiency than the previous 6.2-liter V8. The high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a Raptor-exclusive in the F-150 lineup, paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

As the cornerstone of Ford’s global engine strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, EcoBoost engines, introduced in 2009, deliver the same capability as larger-displacement engines, with significantly better fuel economy. EcoBoost uses smaller overall engine size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to provide customers the power they want and the fuel economy they need.

“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”

Cleveland Engine Plant opened in 1951 and employs more than 1,500 people. It has produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009.

Along with the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost for F-150, the plant builds the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Edge, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC, as well as the 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel-drive application for Mustang.

All-new Ford F-150 Raptor
The all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor is the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever. It features an all-new purpose-built, high-strength steel frame unique to Raptor, plus a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that helps save more than 500 pounds versus the previous version for improved off-road performance and capability.

Larger FOX Racing Shox have more suspension travel, plus all-new terrain management technology and the availability of redesigned industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels that increase grip in low-traction conditions help F-150 Raptor tackle North America’s toughest trails.

F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. The new truck goes on sale in the United States and Canada this fall.

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