Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted May 04, 2016 14:16
More powerful EcoBoost V6 slated for 2017 Ford F-150
Building on the success of the EcoBoost-powered F-150, Ford recently recently revealed an all-new powertrain for the upcoming 2017 F-150. Soon, the updated F-150 will be powered by a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, along with a newly-developed 10-speed automatic gearbox.
According to the automaker, the new engine generates 41 Nm more torque than the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost and benefits from an array of new technologies. Meanwhile, the 10-speed automatic gearbox that used to be available only to the F-150 Raptor will provide better acceleration, performance and fuel economy.
Starting with the new EcoBoost engine, Ford said it has the best-in-class torque for a V6 motor. It now has Ford's first dual-direct port and port-fuel injection system that aims to improve power output and emissions. It is comprised of two fuel injectors per cylinders – one located in the intake port, the other positioned inside the cylinder itself.
The twin-turbos were also reworked to reduce turbo lag while delivering more boost. It gets a lighter but more durable turbine wheel made from aerospace-grade super alloy and electronic wastegates that improve efficiency. Other features present in the new engine are: hollow camshafts that reduce overall engine weight and sturdier intake and exhaust valves. All in all, Ford expects the new engine to produce 610 Nm of torque. Horsepower output was not revealed however.
Auto Start/Stop function now comes as standard, which Ford claimed will reduce C02 emissions as it will decrease idle times of the motor. It is deactivated however when the car is set to tow or 4WD mode.
As previously mentioned, 2017 will see the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. It will have three overdrive gears, optimized gear spacing and a wider ratio span.
It is also lightweight as it Ford's first gearbox that does not use cast-iron parts. Instead Ford opted to use advanced materials and alloys for the new transmission. It also has slightly smaller packaging as it gets an integrated torque converter/turbine clutch. For better towing capabilities, Ford said it has real-time adaptive shift scheduling algorithms that ensures the right gear every time.
The new powertrain upgrade was made possible after Ford recently invested $1.6 billion for their Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly Plants. The transmission factory received $1.4 billion for its production of the new gearbox while the assembly plant acquired $200 million for additional construction of Ford's F-Series trucks.
The 2017 Ford F-150 will go on sale in Autumn.