And the part I'm excited about, a downsized EcoBoost V6 as the 6-cylinder option:
Small Displacement EcoBoost V6 For 2015 Mustang?
Part of the new UAW contract currently being voted on according to the Union states that the Lima, OH engine plant will get some $400,000,000 invested to build an all new small displacement V6 engine.
Car and Driver Magazine is speculating that this new engine is likely to be in the range of 2.5-3.0 liters and will very likely come in an EcoBoost variant that could produce about 300hp. This report jives with earlier rumors that Ford was working on a 2.7 liter turbo-V6 that may end up in the 2015 Mustang.
The new engine family in EcoBoost form would potentially replace the current generation of 3.5 and 3.7 liter V6 engines we see used across the Ford product line including the Edge, Mustang, Explorer, Fusion and even the F-150.
An EcoBoost variation would be a perfect alternative to the latter engines if it can produce equivalent power and increased miles per gallon. In naturally aspirated form, a smaller displacement V6 would likely produce 225-250hp in relatively mild tune and itself could be a good base engine for the 2015 Mustang.
The coming CAFE standards that will require a fleet average of 54.6 mpg are the chief driving factor to Ford’s downsizing and turbocharging. In that way Ford seems to have found a magic formula as their EcoBoost engines to date have been very popular in the market as well as applauded by the press.
Other automakers are beginning to follow suit. GM just announced this week that they too are now developing a new range of small turbocharged and direct injected engines for their car lines. As to the 2015 Mustang, one way or another it looks like we will see an EcoBoost engine available whether it be a base four-cylinder or a V6 upgrade.
I hope it's the 2.5-3.0 V6 EcoBoost making in the low 300bhp range. That wouldn't step on the 5.0s toes, but would make good power when the aftermarket tuners come out.