Following a six-week-long targeted strike against the Detroit Big Three automakers, Ford reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) on a new contract in late October. That deal has since been officially ratified by UAW members, paving the way for a new contract that will last until April 2028. This new deal includes an $8 billion dollar investment from Ford in its products and plants, which has been quite revealing in terms of what the future holds – including, it seems, the fact that production of the 2.0L Duratec I-4 engine will continue at least through the duration of the deal, too.
This information is based off the UAW’s details regarding Ford’s future investments, which notes that Duratec engine production will continue at the Dearborn Engine plant through the duration of the new master contract. That plant reportedly produces the non-EcoBoost 2.0L Duratec I-4 engine, though it’s worth noting that this naturally-aspirated powerplant isn’t currently offered in any U.S.-based Blue Oval product, though it could potentially be used in future next-generation Oshkosh Defense-built USPS mail carriers, as Ford Authority previously reported. In the past, this powerplant was found in models such as the Ford EcoSport, C-Max, Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, and Transit Connect.
In addition to this little tidbit of news, the UAW’s new master contract with Ford revealed more details about the future of additional powertrains, as Ford Authority recently reported. This includes the fact that Ford will invest $100 million into the Cleveland Engine plant, which builds a trio of EcoBoost engines – the 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost, 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost, and 3.5L V6 EcoBoost – that it will sink $20 million into the Dearborn Engine plant, where production of the supercharged 5.2L V8 will carry on, it will continue to build the twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 Nano engine at Lima as well, as is also the case with production of the existing Ford V6 Cyclone engines – the 3.3L V6 Duratec and 3.5L V6 Duratec.