2017 Ford F-150 Becomes More Fuel Efficient Thanks To New Powertrain

Ford released the improved fuel economy figures of the 2017 F-150 pickup which now comes with an all-new 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine paired to an also new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

In fact, this is the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission that together with the second-gen 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine helps the F-150 to improve its fuel economy ratings in all areas -city, highway and combined- by 1 mpg over the 2WD 2016 model. 4×4 models return 2mpg combined more than last year’s F-150.

The new engine produces 375hp and a class-leading 470lb-ft of torque, gaining 10hp and 50lb-ft over the first-gen unit. Key improvements include a new twin-port and direct-injection fuel injection, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned turbochargers with electronic wastegate and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.

The new powertrain promises to deliver improved acceleration, performance and refinement and more specifically better low-end and peak performance, which is ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

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  • ChrisInIL

    Hmmmm…my Ram 1500 with a 5.7 Hemi V8 gets pretty near to that in the city and meets or exceeds that on the highway.

    Hmmmm….indeed.

    • Frank

      But your Hemi 5.7L is slow as molasses compared to this tiny engine. Nice Truck.

      • ChrisInIL

        Er….it’s a truck. It’s fast enough. Getting up to 60 a second sooner is only relevant for guys who are driving their mom’s truck – not their own.

  • Six_Tymes

    interesting, might take a look at one.

  • Michael_66589

    Far more complicated engine and transmission for just 1 MPG LOL. Thats what CAFE rules are doing with cars and trucks these days. Horsepower gain is of course nice, but cost of maintenance could be higher.

    • AM

      I don’t think it’s more complicated than the old EcoBoost V6, but they were able to add more power (+10HP) and torque (+50lb-ft) while at the same time gaining an extra 1mpg thanks to a new transmission.
      Not bad.

      • Michael_66589

        We will see how it will perform in real on road conditions. Generally its interesting that car industry is creating new car technologies, like VVT, direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, but in the end there are no significant changes in fuel efficiency between old and redesigned engines. There are only 2 old primitive methods to get better fuel efficiency – downsizing and turbocharging.

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