Go back as early as five years and American drivers still held on to their obsession with large V8 engines with a huge displacement, but how things have changed in a short amount of time. More companies have started to shift to smaller V6 engines and to help compensate for the lack of performance; the likes of Ford have turned to using turbo units.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is a fine example of this because while there might be a choice of V6 Ecoboost or V8, it looks as though the former will prove the more popular choice. Autoblog reports that Ford believes that just 28 percent of Ford F-150 sales for the 2015 model will be for the 5.0-liter V8 variant.
That is not a bad figure at all just for one engine type, but it is a huge drop when compared to previous F-150 truck sales over the years. Ford also exepcts both V6 Ecobooast engines, the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter to shift around 28 percent each as well.
A sign of things to come – This is just the start because it is not just Ford replacing the big and heavy V8 engines, as other truck makers plan to do the same, although we suspect they will wait it out a little just to see how popular the 2015 F-150 will be.
They will also be keeping a close eye on another major aspect of Ford’s upcoming truck, its aluminum construction, as this is said to reduce weight. Some drivers fear that the 2015 F-150 will not be as tough as the current model because of the use of the lighter metal, but a recent study proves aluminum is more than up to the task.
Are the days of V8 dominance behind us? It would seem that the V8 version of the F-150 has been set up to fail seeing as though Ford has detuned the engine to produce less power, and so forces people to opt for the V6 units instead. This is not a certainty, but do you think when Ford comes up with the next-gen F-150 truck after the 2015, will there even be a V8 option?