The contract documents have since been removed from the UAW’s website but not before Car and Driver managed to snag details of the mystery V-6.
According to the documents, the new engine will be built at Ford’s Lima plant in Ohio at a cost of $400 million in investment.
The engine is described as “a new industry-leading small V-6,” suggesting that it will displace around 2.5 to 3.0 liters with a possible output of around 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque when equipped with direct injection, turbocharging, and other technologies falling under the umbrella of Ford’s EcoBoost heading.
This would make it the ideal replacement for the current 3.5- and 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6 engines found in Ford’s lineup, which means it could be fitted to the next-generation 2014 Ford Mustang.
Other models it could potentially appear in include the Fusion, Taurus, Edge and Explorer, and even most of the Lincoln lineup. Ford’s F-150 pickup series could also be a potential recipient.
The only official comment from Ford is that such an engine would make sense and that the automaker is always working on new powertrains.
Stay tuned for an update.