2017 Ford F-150 gets 10-speed auto, EcoBoost engine
The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, to a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6. Horsepower jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp. The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment and it comes with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 is paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker. The more capable powertrain combination will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. The 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales. The Ford F-150 remains the first and only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo gasoline engine. The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.
The 10-speed transmission was in fact developed as part of an agreement with General Motors (GM). Each company will fit to its own vehicles and build it in separate factories. GM will launch the 10-speed in the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 and is working on a nine-speed transmission as part of the alliance, as well. All EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 F-150s will come with the 10-speed transmission. The smaller EcoBoost 2.7-liter engine and the V8 will offer different gearboxes. ■