Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ford Announcing New V-6, Six-Speed Tranny, Hybrid Developments

Ford Motor Co. officials will release today information on a new 3.5 liter V-6 that will power the Lincoln Aviator and a new Ford crossover to be known as the Edge. Here's how Ford's release describes the engine and related developments:

"Ford next year will introduce two new breakthrough crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) - the Ford Edge and Lincoln Aviator - equipped with an all-new 3.5-liter V-6 engine and new 6-speed transaxle.

"The new V-6 engine will be a powertrain cornerstone for Ford Motor Company, eventually powering one in every five Ford Motor Company vehicles on the road by the end of the decade.

"The new 3.5-liter V-6 was designed to deliver the best combination of fuel economy, refinement and performance for the customer and be compact enough to fit into a variety of vehicles.

"The height and width of the engine is the same as the smaller displacement Duratec 3.0 V-6. The engine produces 250 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque in its CUV applications. It uses a dual-overhead cam valvetrain for peak power capability and smooth operation at high RPM.

"It incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize fuel economy by adjusting valve timing for a smooth idle, optimal part-load driving and an impressively broad torque curve with good power.

"In anticipation of future needs, the new V-6 has been designed to accommodate advanced technologies, including gasoline direct injection and turbo charging. The engine will be built in the fall of 2006 at Ford’s Lima (Ohio) Engine Plant."