When the new 2017 Ford F-150 arrives this fall, it will do so with Ford’s new dynamic duo: the next-generation EcoBoost engine along with Ford’s brand new 10-speed transmission. It’s a combo Ford says delivers more torque, better acceleration and fuel efficiency.
We’d already heard some details about the 10-speed, which will be introduced in the 2017 F-150 Raptor as well. But these are the first details regarding the new V6 going under the hood.
Ford says the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine provides 30 pound-feet more peak of torque compared with the first-generation EcoBoost engine, up to a best-in-class 450 lb-ft of torque for a V6. It has a dual direct and port fuel-injection system, new cylinder heads and all-new turbochargers.
The new engine provides Auto Start-Stop as a standard feature, which can save fuel depending on driving patterns. The technology also reduces CO2 emissions due to decreased idle times. Auto Start-Stop is specially tuned for truck customers, shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop, except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.
As for the new 10-speed, it was developed jointly with General Motors. Ford says it delivers improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions, thanks to optimized wide-span gear spacing, coupled with drag-reduction actions. Three overdrive gears and a wider ratio span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds, while maintaining best-in-class towing.
The engine sheds weight, too. It’s actually the first Ford gearbox that doesn’t use cast-iron components. An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch also helps shave more than 2 pounds of weight, while also reducing the packaging footprint.
Other details from Ford: Smarter shift logic helps 2017 F-150 customers tow using the tow/haul mode. 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.
An integrated electric pump works with the standard Auto Start-Stop system for seamless restarts and improved driving efficiency.
Ford will start building the 10-speed in June.