Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted July 12, 2016 10:31
New-generation EcoBoost 3.5 V6, 10-speed automatic debuts in 2017 F-150
Ford's best-selling truck gets a power upgrade after the Blue Oval brand recently revealed the 2017 F-150. Driven by an all-new EcoBoost V6 along with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, Ford stated that the new powertrain will deliver better acceleration and fuel economy, along with best-in-segment pulling power.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment. This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer.
Beginning with the engine, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 now produces 380 PS and 637 Nm of torque. This makes the new motor substantially more powerful than the old V6 which only cranked out 370 PS and 569 Nm of torque. The slight power bump was made possible via an array of upgrades. These include: dual-direct port and port-fuel injection system which aims to improve output and emissions, new twin-turbo system, lighter and more durable turbine wheels and electronic wastegates as such.
A new auto start/stop function also makes its way in the engine. Ford said this will reduce C02 emissions as it will decrease idle times of the motor.
Meanwhile, the new automatic transmission will be the company's first volume production of a gearbox that comes with 10 gears according to Ford. It will have three overdrive gears, optimized gear spacing and a wider ratio span. In addition, it will also be lighter than traditional gearboxes as it will be made from advanced alloys and materials, not from cast-iron. Completing it all is an integrated torque converter / turbine clutch which allows the gearbox to have a smaller packaging.