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That Ford is investing $145-million in the Cleveland Engine Plant to increase production of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine isn’t entirely surprising. The plant has been producing Ecoboosts since 2009, the year the engine was introduced.

Cleveland Engine Plant Investment

In that time, they’ve produced more than one-million of the engines. They build 2.0, 2.3- and 3.5-liter variants of the EcoBoost as well as a normally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 for the Mustang.

The 2.0-liter is for the Edge. The 2.3 for the Explorer, Mustang and Lincoln MKC.

The 3.5-liter engine, the one that they’re expanding capacity for, is used in the F-150.

While it is remarkable that a 2.3-liter engine is powering something as large as the Explorer, it is no less surprising that a 3.5-liter V6 engine is getting the job done for buyers of the full-size pickup—although it should be noted that there is another EcoBoost available for the F-150, a 2.7-liter engine that produces 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.

According to Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, more than 60% of F-150 buyers are opting for EcoBoost engines. Know that there are two other engine options available for the truck, a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. Which means that the two EcoBoosts are handily outselling the non-turbocharged engines.

The 3.5 capacity that they’re investing in in Cleveland is for a second-generation version of the engine.

While details about that engine are not available, know that a high-performance variant of the engine will be under the hood of the 2017 F-150 Raptor (mated to a 10-speed transmission) and in that application the engine will provide more power than the 6.2-liter V8 that currently powers the Raptor—and that is good for 411 hp.

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