The 2.7L delivers impressive power in an engine with a small displacement. This is accomplished though the interplay of port-fuel and direct-injection; twin interval variable camshaft timing, and twin intercooled turbochargers. Port fuel and direct injection systems (PFDI) position two separate injectors in each cylinder; one in the intake port, and one within the cylinder; to squeeze the most out of every drop of fuel. Twin interval variable camshaft timing (TI-VCT) can independently control the intake and exhaust camshafts. This allows for improved fuel economy, reduced emissions; and improved power and torque (especially at lower RPM's).
In addition to all of that, materials are chosen for light weights, and high strengths. For example; compacted graphite iron was chosen for the upper block and cylinders, because it's stronger, lighter, and more acoustically sound than traditional iron, or aluminum cylinder blocks. Available on the XL, XLT, and Lariat models; this is a great all around engine for towing, city driving, long commutes, or commercial applications. The engine itself is married to a 10-speed transmission, co-developed by Ford and General Motors (GM). This transmission combines a wide ratio spread of 7.384, 6 clutches, and dual hydraulic pumps to optimize performance. In addition; three overdrive gears, and four selectable drive modes (Normal, Tow-Haul, Snow-Wet, Ecoselect, and Sport) ensures better fuel economy at high speeds, and optimal situational drive-ability. See Below for more specific information on fuel economy, power, towing capability, and payload.