2017 Ford F150 Gets a More Powerful EcoBoost V6, 10-Speed Transmission
The top of the line engine for the 2016 Ford F150 is the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, with 365 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque. This is the F150’s most powerful engine in terms of torque output and towing capacity, but for the new model year, the Motor Company is rolling out a new premium EcoBoost V6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission that will also be found in the 2017 Raptor F150.
“The Ford truck team lives to serve our hardworking truck customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “The powertrain is the heart of every F-150, and together our all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed transmission will give our customers better power, efficiency and confidence.”
The 2017 F150 3.5L EcoBoost V6
The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has been the premium engine option in the Ford F150 since being introduced for the 2011 model year and with a combination of 365 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque, the original EcoBoost has been the workhorse of the F150 lineup since hitting the market. Even though the current 3.5L EcoBoost V6 makes the F150 one of the most fuel efficient and one of the most capable half ton trucks in the segment, the Motor Company has rolled out a new version with a bit more torque.
The 2017 F150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 still offers 365 horsepower, but the torque levels have been increased to 450lb-ft. This increase was achieved by adding new cylinder heads, a new direct and port injection fuel system and a new set of turbos that produce 16 pounds of boost rather than 14.5 like the current EcoBoost V6. This new engine is more powerful and it is about 4 pounds lighter than the current version, but there is no mention of fuel economy improvements.
That being said, I expect to see improved fuel economy figures from the 2017 Ford F150 with the new EcoBoost V6 engine because this new mill only comes with the new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The New 10-Speed Automatic
Every 2017 Ford F150 equipped with the new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will come with the 10-speed automatic transmission that was introduced last year at the Detroit Auto Show in the upcoming Raptor high performance pickup. This 10-speed gearbox was developed in cooperation with General Motors and this gearbox is in the same family as the transmission in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The implementation of the new 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2017 F150 will give the truck improved low end acceleration while the higher gears will allow the EcoBoost engine to run at lower engine speeds when cruising – thus making the combination more fuel efficient. It is unclear how much more efficient the 2017 F150 will be with the new engine and transmission, but the new trucks with this new drivetrain should be more capable, quicker and more fuel efficient.
The 2017 Ford F150 pickups with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0L V8 will continue to use the 6-speed automatic transmission for now, but I would expect to see the 10-speed rolled out through the entire F150 lineup within the next few years, provided that the company doesn’t run into any issues with this new gearbox.