When a car comes with a 48-page press release, well, you know its maker has some special things in mind for it. The 2011 Ford Mondeo, in five-door and wagon styles, is just such a car, with The Blue Oval calling it “the most stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo ever.” Visually, the car’s main lines haven’t changed, but the details have been made sharper: a sleeker front bumper with new LEDs and more aggressive lip, the twin character lines down the side, the chrome trim all around the windows and the new chiseling in the rear valance.
Just the Facts:
- Ford announces four engine options for its 2011 F-150 pickup.
- A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is available, along with a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8.
- Horsepower and fuel economy ratings have not yet been released.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Saying it is in the midst of a “powertrain revolution,” Ford on Wednesday detailed its engine lineup for the 2011 F-150, which includes a new fuel-saving 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Consumers will pay top dollar for the EcoBoost engine, since it will be pitched as the “premium” engine in the lineup, said Mark Grueber, F-150 marketing manager in a phone conversation with Inside Line.
“EcoBoost will be the premium engine for us,” Grueber said. “It will be above the 3.7-liter V6 and the 5.0-liter V8.”
Roush Yates Engines has announced that it will be offering up a race-prepared version of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for American Le Mans Series prototype competition in 2011. Roush Yates is developing the engines for use under the new 2011 LMP2 rules that require production-based engines. This will be the first competition application for Ford’s twin-turbocharged and direct injected V6 that debuted in 2009.
The first chassis constructor to announce support for the Ford V6 is Lola, with installation kits available for both its open-top and closed coupe 2011 LMP2 cars. According to Roush Yates spokesperson Kenna Primm, the race engine will be reduced down to the 3.2-liter maximum allowed under ALMS rules compared to the 2.8-liter displacement of the twin-turbo V6 announced by Honda at Le Mans in June. Output will likely be somewhere around 400 horsepower.
In addition to the EcoBoost V6, Roush Yates is also evaluating a race version of the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 for ALMS competition.
It’s been quite a day for the new 2011 Ford Explorer. After teasing, more teasing, and even more teasing, Ford finally unveiled what it thinks will “reinvent the SUV for the 21st century.” At 12:01 EST this morning, we presented an in-depth look at the new Explorer, providing details on the new exterior and interior as well as some of the safety features, and at noon we went over the new powertrain options, including the 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that will deliver 30 percent better fuel efficiency than the previous V6 model. Ford has even put up a configurator for the 2011 Explorer, allowing you to build your own.