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 was officially ratified by UAW members last week, paving the way for a deal that will last until April 2028. This agreement 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 twin-turbocharged 2.7L Ford EcoBoost V6 Nano and 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engines will continue at the Lima Engine plant – where workers voted in favor of this deal – for the duration of the deal.
This document outlining those investments from the automaker notes that it will sink $90 million into the Lima plant, as well as the fact that production of both the Ford EcoBoost V6 Nano and Cyclone lines will continue for the next several years, at least. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise given just how many different models the 2.7L Nano is used in, of course – in fact, it’s only expanding its reach to include the redesigned 2024 Ford Ranger and refreshed 2024 Ford F-150, as it will serve as the standard powertrain in the latter pickup. As for the 3.0L, it’s currently utilized in certain versions of the Ford Explorer, as well as the Lincoln Aviator, Ford Bronco Raptor, and Ford Ranger Raptor.
In addition to this little tidbit of news, the UAW’s new master contract with Ford revealed more details about 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 Ford EcoBoost engines – the 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost, 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost, and 3.5L V6 EcoBoost – and that it will also sink $20 million into the Dearborn Engine plant, where production of the supercharged 5.2L V8 will carry on as well.