Ford has announced that the 2017 Ford F150 will benefit from enhanced fuel efficiency and more power. This is all thanks to the newly redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed transmission.
According to Ford, the upgraded V6 engine will still achieve 365 hp, just like its predecessor. However, it will have 450 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 420 lb-ft of torque for the previous engine.
The boost in engine power will certainly help Ford sell even more of its beloved F-series pickup, which has been America’s best-selling truck for 39 years in a row and counting.
The EcoBoost engine was first introduced to the F-series back in 2011. Ford estimates that over one million Ford F150 trucks with the engine will be sold by July. The EcoBoost currently accounts for 60 percent of all F150 engines. The remaining percentage includes a non-EcoBoost V6 and a 5.0-liter V8 engine.
The new EcoBoost engine will see some improvements, including new cylinder heads, new turbochargers, new pistons, and two fuel-injection systems.
The 10-speed transmission will also weigh a bit less, enabling improved fuel efficiency. The transmission has also been improved with aluminum alloy construction and removal of all cast iron parts. It also benefits from a wider gear ratio.
Ford, though, has not released any official numbers regarding mileage since the engine is yet to be rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Finally, the new EcoBoost is also expected to have greater towing capacity. The current model can haul up to 12,000 pounds.
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