Future F-150 May Get A New V8
Earlier this month, it was reported that Ford Motor Co will be investing $447 million into its Windsor, Ontario, engine plant and now we’re hearing rumors of a new 4.8L V8.
Potentially replacing the 5.0-liter Coyote engine, the 4.8L V8 may find its way into the Ford F150 sometime around 2020 or 2021. Ford has not released and official statement regarding the F150’s future engine lineup, but two anonymous sources has confirmed these rumors with Reuters
According to those sources, a portion of the investment will be used to update the 5.0L V8 engine production line at the Essex Engine plant. The update should result in an updated 4.8-liter V8 for the F-150 pickup truck.
Also we can expect to see more power on tap and better fuel economy with the new V8 even though it is smaller than the 5.0L. Currently, the F150 5.0L V8 has an output of 385 horsepower and 387lb-ft of torque. With how engine technology is advancing, we could see the 4.8-liter V8 produce 400 hp and 400lb-ft of torque.
Why 2020 or later you may ask? That’s because the current Windsor production plans ends in 2020.
"There was nothing planned for Windsor after 2020. They need it (the new engine) to survive," said Joe McCabe, AutoForecast Solutions Chief Executive.