The 2017 Ford F-150 will benefit from a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will offer 30 pound-feet more peak torque compared to the first-generation mill, giving it up to 450 lb-ft of torque. The Ford F-150 remains the only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo V6 engine. According to Ford, the new engine also provides better low-end and peak engine performance, helpful for towing heavy trailers or hauling payloads. The new engine also has Auto Start-Stop as standard to help increase fuel economy, and it’s also specially tuned for truck customers so it won’t shut off if the F-150 is towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.
Along with announcing the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the American automaker introduced an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Helping deliver improved acceleration and performance compared to the previous six-speed unit, the new transmission also uses advanced materials and alloys to save weight. The unit is also Ford’s first transmission to not use cast-iron components.
“Smarter shift logic helps 2017 F-150 customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode,” Ford said about its new 10-speed automatic transmission. “All-new real-time-adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain- and driver-control signals to ensure the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode.”
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