Ford's all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 comes with $500 cash back for 2011 F-150 XLT pickup trucks, according to Ford.
The gasoline direct-injection twin-turbo EcoBoost six-cylinder is Ford's premium engine for the F-150. It's rated at 365-horsepower (at 5,000 rpm) and 420 pounds-feet of torque (at 2,500 rpm) and can tow up to 11,300 pounds when properly equipped.
The F-150 XLT model is Ford's middle-of-the-road light-duty pickup. It has the highest sales volume among the F-150's 11 distinct models.
Relative to the new 3.7-liter V-6 entry-level engine and new 5.0-liter V-8, EcoBoost carries a $1,750 premium over the 3.7 and $750 premium over the 5.0. With the discount on XLT models, that gap shrinks to $1,250 over the 3.7 and just $250 over the 5.0.
The large-displacement 411-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 costs $2,995 more than the 3.7, even though it's rated to tow up to 11,300 pounds like the EcoBoost six.
The $500 bonus cash for 2011 Ford F-150 XLT pickups with EcoBoost is good through the end of March. Check with your local Ford dealer for details.
[H/T to Barclays Capital]