How Small Can We Go? Four-Cylinder Half-Ton Pickups Have Arrived

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It wasn't that long ago that four-cylinder engines were rigidly relegated to the likes of subcompact and hybrid cars. The very idea of a four-banger making it into a full-size pickup truck would have been (and was) ridiculed just 20 years ago. Then came Ford's EcoBoost V-6 engines in the F-150; they gained momentum and resistance wilted. Now, a twin-turbo V-6 is Ford's top-of-the-line performance engine and the new Ford F-150 Raptor is selling just fine without a V-8.

But GM's move to a four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has quite a few people scratching their head.

V-6 engines traditionally have been the base engine for half-ton pickups, but that's all changed now. Close to 70 percent of the No. 1-selling Ford F-150s leave the lot with a V-6. In fact, if you include the new turbo-diesel Power Stroke V-6 and two versions of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the only remaining engine not a V-6 in the lineup is the stout 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. That's six different engine choices and only one is a low-volume V-8. Pretty interesting for a company that at one time offered three different levels of V-8 power for its F-150. (Do you recall when that was?)

Now comes GM with its all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 boasting an impressive high-tech four-cylinder as an option. Granted, GM is predicting only a small number of shoppers will choose that engine — 10 percent is the estimate — but depending on the trade-offs those buyers will have to make, it could become more popular as word spreads. For now, the engine is restricted to just two mid-level trims.

From the mechanical side of the equation, using dual exhaust flow tubes (or volutes) to feed the oversized turbocharger, with all sorts of versatile cooling options, is quite ambitious. No doubt it will sound different than most half-ton pickups. Ford addressed that issue with the EcoBoost V-6 engines by using an active sound modifier that made the V-6 sound like a V-8. We'll let you decided whether that's clever or deceptive. We don't know what GM will do, but with almost 350 pound-feet of torque, our pre-production first-drive impression was an eye-opener.

However, we're pretty sure GM engineers have exhausted themselves hunting for the right tones and sounds. Lord knows pickup buyers are particular about truck design and exhaust notes, even if they're saving a good chunk of money on a new truck with an efficient engine that offers strong fuel economy. Understanding exactly which trade-offs are non-negotiable and which ones are is more art than science, no matter how many focus groups you use.

We'll know more about the new GM half tons after we spend more time with the different powertrains in August, when we'll be able to haul and tow with each of the new engines (except the diesel). In the meantime, we're guessing GM's 10 percent number might be optimistic, unless it can build some credibility with a 400-horsepower high-performance model. But we won't hold our breath waiting for a four-cylinder Silverado SS.

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Comments

Frank already proved his knowledge recently when he said the Duramax was made in Mexico...when in reality it's the Ford Diesel that is made in Mexico genius

Aero Front ends:
Papajim. When was the last time you were on a bicycle. Even at low speeds it takes energy to move forward on a 5mph headwind and a slim person like me is quite aero. How about put your arm out the window and compare the force needed when your hand is wide open versus close fisted. I've been up to 45mph on a bicycle, back in the day, having slipped behind a big van, but then once back facing the wind on my own, speed decreased quite rapidly. Eh, not sure why even have this discussion. Ford and Chevy front ends are just not aero.

From 1986-96 you could get a 302, 351 or a 460 V8 [depending on model] in an F-Series truck.

@ frank

It wasnt a ford motor. It was a Mazda motor. Shares or not it was built by Mazda. That's what I was getting at. But in all, I loved the car, the design, and the electronic dash! Huge difference over stock analog dash

45.4mph behind the big van truck on a top of the line road bicycle to be exact, now that my memory comes back. It was 32 years ago, and clearly burned into my mind since that was my all time top speed on a flat, although assisted with wind blocking conditions. I was 3 feet from that trucks bumper, and so had to bounce out of the slipstream, at least once because I would of peddled into the vans bumper. It was all along the stretch of road next to the Hayward, Ca airport.
So yes aerodynamics makes a huge difference.


Frank already proved his knowledge recently when he said the Duramax was made in Mexico...when in reality it's the Ford Diesel that is made in Mexico genius

Posted by: Sean | Jul 9, 2018 1:21:53 PM

Frank is a DOLT. He has no credibility here except with his fellow Ford Shills like BA, Elvis, etc. etc.


Posted by: Silly Frank Fords are for kids | Jul 9, 2018 2:22:32 PM
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Papajim is a DOLT. He has no credibility here except with his fellow GM Shills like TNTGMC, GMRSGREAT, johnny doe etc. etc.

no, no, NO! making the engine smaller is the WRONG way to make it more efficient !

CVT is the answer!

that fluid drive dinosaur transmission robs all the engine power
look how much powerful a manual transmission is compared to an automatic as proof

CVT has evolved and perfected over the years with metal links mixed with the belts making it simple and reliable

THROW A CVT IN A TRUCK !


Papajim is a DOLT. He has no credibility here except with his fellow GM Shills like TNTGMC, GMRSGREAT, johnny doe etc. etc.

Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 2:34:07 PM

Brick, you were one of the etcs (Ford shills). that I was referring to earlier. Couldn't remember your name at the time! :) Thanks for coming forward!

3.5 TT v 6.2 drag race:

http://www.cars-power.com/video/2018-ford-f150-3-5l-ecoboost-vs-2018-gmc-sierra-1500-6-2l-drag-race/

@ redblood

Looks to me like the driver is the one that won that race. The other D over was slow on the hand drop. Great race!

3.5 TT v 6.2 drag race:

http://www.cars-power.com/video/2018-ford-f150-3-5l-ecoboost-vs-2018-gmc-sierra-1500-6-2l-drag-race/

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Jul 9, 2018 2:41:44 PM

Can't touch this........

Got owned.

Didn't Toyota put a 4 banger in their Tundra about 18yrs ago?

@ Frank

Come on. Even u can see that the driver won the race. Geezz

“ To note, Ford F-Series sales figures are comprised of the following vehicles:

F-150 family, including the F-150 Raptor
F-Series Super Duty family, including the F-250, F-350 and F-450 “

http://fordauthority.com/fmc/ford-motor-company-sales-numbers/ford-sales-numbers/ford-f-series-sales-numbers/

Here's how it might turn out: increased cabin noise, turbo lag, two stroke like throttle response, exhaust soot, carbon deposits (assuming no port injection) and oil dilution. And let's not forget the poor fuel economy.

THROW A CVT IN A TRUCK !
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules

Not a good idea. CVTs have torque/towing limitations over a cog transmission.

this arguing about CVT cracks me up.

What's wrong with a 5-speed manual trans? For years our pickups had 3 in the tree, and some had a 4 on the floor. With 5 forward gears you can have a lower first gear and a higher OD gear.

Some of the trucks today have six speed manuals and that offers two OD gears.

Who needs auto transmissions?

@ Frank

Come on. Even u can see that the driver won the race. Geezz


Posted by: TNTGMC | Jul 9, 2018 3:12:25 PM

Sorry bro, I saw the Ford win twice. Have a good night sweepee

and thats why no one respects u! Bc u only see what frank wants to see peaches!! Run along now

@ Frank ---Sorry bro, I saw the Ford win twice. Have a good night sweepee
ARE YOU DUMBER THAN ME, THE DRVER WON THE RACE NOT THE JUNK F150
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

@ redblood

Looks to me like the driver is the one that won that race. The other D over was slow on the hand drop. Great race!


Posted by: TNTGMC | Jul 9, 2018 2:49:30 PM

Ya that's not a representation when the driver obviously determines the outcome. I would assume the updated ecoboost with 10-speed tranny would win easily but that doesn't look like the case

The same guys doing the drag race have an ecoboost vs the 5.0 and the 5.0 wins if there in 2wd. Then they do it in 4x4 and the eco wins. That says a lot for the 5.0!

2019 Ram 1500 5.7L vs 2018 Ford F150 5.0L Drag Race!


http://www.cars-power.com/video/2019-ram-1500-5-7l-vs-2018-ford-f150-5-0l-drag-race/

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA SILLY GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS GM ARE FOR RETARDS!!!

Being fast is about the only positive thing about an Eco Boost. I forgot to tell you the whole truth earlier. I apologize to the GM shills especially johnny doe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmVVqr5xS8s&t=228s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt3ac_H8wL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6sVtzRZAo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L6MDRxVO0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqLBTWjx7j0

Turbo's mean less long-term reliability, so go ahead GM, how else are you going to lie about the longest lasting big trucks only based on registrations which means rebuilt engines and tranny's are common place in that data.
Posted by: oxi | Jul 9, 2018 7:39:13 AM

I wonder how many Toyota pickups have rotted out frames that Toyota was forced to replaced. I bet that data was lost too.

This GM 4 banger is going rip Furd apart!

NASCAR died when the sanctioning body let the GM teams use the FWD, non V8 powered W Body to create a RWD V8 race car.
Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 1:00:03 PM

Hey PapaMoron

Once again you were proven wrong when saying a Buick V6 won Indy 500.

You really are getting senile
Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 1:04:09 PM


Stop posting under my user name. Get a life.


Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 2:34:07 PM

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Jul 9, 2018 2:38:58 PM

Hmmmmm what's wrong, ecoboost rules? You can't form a convincing argument based on actual facts, so instead you're posting garbage comments using my name these days?

@ the real Brick

Now u know how I feel. Whoever the low life is, needs to get a life. He/she is a Coward!

That's why its hard for any of us to a conversations bc idiots like this ruin it!

NASCAR died when the sanctioning body let the GM teams use the FWD, non V8 powered W Body to create a RWD V8 race car.
Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 1:00:03 PM

Hey PapaMoron

Once again you were proven wrong when saying a Buick V6 won Indy 500.

You really are getting senile
Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 1:04:09 PM


Stop posting under my user name. Get a life.


Posted by: Brick | Jul 9, 2018 4:54:04 PM
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Knock it off FAKE Brick.

Guts

Glory

Class Leading 2019 Ram

Blowing Ford F-Serious outta the water!!!

The 2019 Ram is not a class leader in any objective category.

Not payload

Not towing

Not mileage

@ fake TNTGMC

U keep proving my point. You are poisoning this site. Leave already u spineless coward. U have no backbone, no guts, you are the true definition of a LEACH!!

If I couldn't drive a Ram, I would go for the GM 2.7L turbo over a blue oval turbo gas engine. Same old timing chain problems. Same old oil pan leaks. Now the heads are build cheap and the valve guides are cheap and take the seals out. Same old turbo failures. Same old cheap throttle bodies with plastic mechanicals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0cWL1Xr-p0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU2p5rGNCkM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S_-fEsob1U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgN3BqTM4xc

lol this Taurus SHO is on its 4th set of timing chains & phasers. WOW. Ford quality folks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNR9lYA1KxQ


America's Longest-lasting Pickups
Guts. Glory. Ram.

Wow I leave for a couple days and the place goes to hell. Looks like "ecoboost rules" has gone into full on infant mode. I hope he's 12 years old, because if he's really an F-150 owner, that's just pathetic. For the Ford fans that don't comment regularly here, they have got to be embarrassed by people like "ecoboost rules". He knows he's not smart enough to make factual and valid arguments, so he posts as other people, then calls those people "FAKE brick".

@ Moparornocar

Eventually with the technology we have, people will start to watch, learn, and listen! Instead of just by word of mouth. Their is actual evidence now proving what many have said all along!!
Those ecobusts are junk!!!

@ fake TNTGMC

U keep proving my point. You are the one poisoning this site with your bullying and whining.

Who are u to tell others what to do?

@ LEACH

Again just go away. I never have once told anyone what to do. Where have seen me bully?? You obviously don't know what bullying is then? Your a clown! Do u even comprehend that crap that comes out of your mouth when your typing up this hypocrisy!

@ fake TNTGMC

In what Bizzaro world is telling someone to go away not telling someone what to do? That’s some definite GM Shill logic right there.

Moron.

Be nice to the fake TNTGMC.

Killing him/her with niceness might bring them around.

Split personalities anyone???
U need to go see a shrink and get new meds for you bi-polarism...u impersonate anyone u can....

Telling someone to go away bc they use others user names is a request..or it can be used as a demand! Either way u want to look at it, whomever u are, u should really do that!

Split personalities anyone???
U need to go see a shrink and get new meds for you bi-polarism...u impersonate anyone u can....

Telling someone to go away bc they use others user names is a request..or it can be used as a demand! Either way u want to look at it, whomever u are, u should really do that!


Posted by: TNTGMC | Jul 9, 2018 5:48:34 PM
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You, the fake TNTGMC, have no authority to tell anyone what to do

Ram Trucks....the #1 choice of former Ford owners. GM a very close second.

I for one can't wait to test drive this new GM 2.7 "truck engine". You know GM did their homework, unlike Ford who had fallen so far behind in V8 Truck engine efficiency that they were forced to turn to turbos in order to compete with GM and RAM V8's.

Wow I leave for a couple days and the place goes to hell. Looks like "ecoboost rules" has gone into full on infant mode. I hope he's 12 years old, because if he's really an F-150 owner, that's just pathetic. For the Ford fans that don't comment regularly here, they have got to be embarrassed by people like "ecoboost rules". He knows he's not smart enough to make factual and valid arguments, so he posts as other people, then calls those people "FAKE brick".

Posted by: HD RamKing | Jul 9, 2018 5:24:36 PM

Exactly. It's embarrassing even for ex-fans of Ford trucks. It's childish and pathetic.

Wow I leave for a couple days and the place goes to hell. Looks like "ecoboost rules" has gone into full on infant mode. I hope he's 12 years old, because if he's really an F-150 owner, that's just pathetic. For the Ford fans that don't comment regularly here, they have got to be embarrassed by people like "ecoboost rules". He knows he's not smart enough to make factual and valid arguments, so he posts as other people, then calls those people "FAKE brick".

Posted by: HD RamKing

I think eb rules had a breakdown of both his mind and his truck, and he's taking out his frustration on all of us. We know his cheap Ford throttle body has left him stranded several times. His 2.7 is probably starting to blow smoke or the low oil pressure warning light came on because the engine is starting to burn oil like a 2.7 ecoboost. Oil pan is probably leaking too.

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/2016-17-f150-2-7l-oil-consumption-rough-idle-misfire-ex-smoke-tsb-17-2077-a-381323/
https://www.f150ecoboost.net/forum/31-f150-ecoboost-problems/48513-tsb-17-2077-update-17-0007-2-7l-oil-consumption-blue-white-smoke-rough-idle.html
https://www.fordf150.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=124337
https://www.f150forum.com/f2/2016-2-7-oil-consumption-405516/
https://www.fordf150.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=121056

The recent "ecoboost rules" comments look different than what I'm used to seeing. There are so many imposters here these days.

Hey Brick....great to see that you dumped the Ford brand and have started supporting RAM and GM. Good for you bud! I am thinking of doing the same.



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