Ford is about to spend a chunk of change on its Cleveland Engine Plant, which will build the company’s second-generation EcoBoost engine. The automaker plans to spend $145 million on plant updates and jobs as part of the $9 billion commitment it made with the United Auto Workers last fall.
The second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost family is destined for the 2017 Ford F-150 lineup, which includes the 2017 Raptor, that goes on sale next fall.
Ford says the second-generation engine will produce more power with even greater fuel efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8. A high-output version of the new EcoBoost will go into the Raptor and it will be paired to an all-new 10-speed transmission.
“This is very exciting news for the hardworking men and women of Cleveland Engine Plant and the Ohio community as a whole,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The team at Cleveland Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for the all-new F-150 Raptor.”
Along with the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the Ford F-150, the plant builds the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Edge, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC, as well as the 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel-drive for the Mustang.
Ford introduced its EcoBoost engines in 2009. They’re designed to deliver the same capability as larger-displacement engines, with significantly better fuel economy thanks to a smaller overall engine size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing.
The Cleveland Engine Plant opened in 1951 and employs more than 1,500 people. It’s produced more than 1 million EcoBoost engines since 2009.
In all, Ford says it’s invested more than $10.2 billion in its plants across the U.S. since 2011.