The 2015 Ford Expedition has been equipped with a 3.5 L Ecoboost engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission, taking the place of the 5.4 L V8. Bear in mind that the litre rating is not indicative of power output. The 5.4 L V8 is physically larger, but not necessarily more powerful.
Ecoboost engines pack a punch compared to their predecessors, and this is part of a trend across the automotive industry towards the construction of physically smaller, more powerful engines. It has gotten to the stage where some engine designs have gotten incredibly small, such as Nissan’s 400 HP, 3-cylinder engine which weighs only 88 pounds.
“Expedition becoming the latest Ford utility vehicle to wear the EcoBoost badge will be exciting for customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Increased torque and horsepower, combined with new levels of efficiency and an advanced suspension not only will make Expedition more fun to drive, but also easier to own. This is another ‘and’ solution from Ford.”
Gone are the days when V8 engines were required to produce high performance vehicles. The world is moving towards efficient, compact V6 and four-cylinder engines. In the future, you’re likely to see three-cylinder engines.
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