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Ford EcoBoost Dodges A GM-Shaped Bullet

Though Ford and General Motors have been bitter rivals for well over a century at this point, the latter automaker has opted not to compete with The Blue Oval in a number of ways over the past few months. That includes GM’s refusal to develop a direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor R, as well as the Ford Bronco and Ford F-150 PowerBoost, among other FoMoCo hybrids. And while the Ford EcoBoost family of engines has found a competitor in Stellantis’ new Hurricane 3.0L I-6 engine lineup, it seems as if The General won’t follow suit, according to a new report from GM Authority.

GM has reportedly canceled the development of a twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine that it previously planned to build – one that seems like a natural Ford EcoBoost competitor. This powerplant was reportedly being developed for use in both full-size SUV and pickup models and would have been part of the company’s Cylinder Set Strategy (CSS), which aims to optimize engine development and production via economies of scale.

According to this report, the new six-cylinder powerplant would have been based on the existing 2.7L L3B I-4 powerplant, and would have pumped out some impressive numbers – 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – which are, coincidentally, far higher than the automaker’s current V8 offerings used in its pickup and SUV lineup at the moment.

Given GM’s focus on electrification, this move isn’t terribly surprising, though the proposed I-6 would have helped the automaker better compete with the more efficient Ford EcoBoost lineup, as well as similar offerings from both Stellantis and Toyota. Regardless, the company will now continue to focus on its smaller L3B engine – which cranks out an impressive 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque – as well as a new line of small block V8s, surprisingly enough.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. crabbymilton

    Not a surprise and common sense. If you have the foundation in place for proven engines for several decades, why not leave it alone? If the others want to try out new turbo 4 and 6 cylinder engines, all the best to them. But GM obviously thinks it’s best not to invest in new tooling when you have a something proven in place and they are still popular across the board.

  2. Mackie

    But as the article clearly states, and GM announced a couple months ago, GM IS retooling a new engine family, albeit V8s vs. the proposed turbo 6’s

  3. Ponycarguy

    GM is living in a fantasy world, and I’m ok with that. With Ecoboost engines reliability, mileage and power, they are hard to beat.

  4. crabbymilton

    Well there are still people out there who may not be comfortable with turbo engines. I wouldn’t rule out getting one years from now. Again, why should GM take a concept and throw it in the garbage just because FORD, STELLANTIS and TOYOTA want to try out their turbo toys and hope they don’t stink and anger customers.


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