2017 Ford F-150 Gets New 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 And 10-Speed Automatic
With their 2016 F-series trucks doing so well, Ford is looking to keep that momentum going by putting a new EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission into the 2017 F-150.
Well, sort of new engine since the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 was first launched in 2009. We can expect no changes to be made in the horsepower department and it’s currently pumping out 365 ponies. What we will see is a substantial torque increase of around 30 lb-ft of torque. This puts the 2017 F-150’s torque at 450 lb-ft for the basic 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
If you’re looking for more power then maybe the second generation Raptor is the truck for you. It’ll be sporting a higher output version of the V6 engine and it’s estimated to produce at least 450hp. That boost may be coming from the turbos which are said to increase manifold pressure from 14.5 psi to 16 psi.
Other than the increase in performance, the new EcoBoost engine is around 4 pounds lighter than the outgoing one and a composite oil sump among other changes contributes to this weight loss.
Paired with the lighter engine is their new 10-speed automatic gearbox that was developed as part of their transmission-development pact with GM. This will be Ford’s first transmission without the use of cast iron, great for weight reduction.
According to their press release, before the 2017 F-150 goes into production Ford will have to spend $1.4 billion to update their Livonia Transmission plant in preparation for the new gearbox.
Last edited by Ecoboost Raptor News; 05-05-2016 at 02:14 PM.
How would such a large weight reduction affect the 2017 Ford F-150's drive dynamics?
Everything will be better than the Gen I. HP and TQ numbers are already better and the engine will have to move much less weight. Braking, handling, acceleration... all much better. Weight is the enemy of performance. FRF can hang on to the sound as being better though lol.
It will help them get better fuel economy numbers which these days matter even more for meeting government standards. Weight is a big killer and now they might have made it easier to squeeze out a couple more MPG's
As far as fuel efficiency goes, along with the weight reduction the new 10 speed transmission is supposed to improve the fuel efficiency too on the highway. Going to be interesting to see how it's fuel economy competes with other pickups.
Plus this time around we have the aluminum bed which will help, collectively all the changes they have made will go a long way and continue to keep them at the top, even with how much GM might bash on them.