Mr. Truck: New Ford F150 ups ante on already popular truck
We knew the Ford Raptor for 2017 was coming with a 10-speed. Now we know the mainstream best selling F150 for 2017 will also have the Ford built 10-speed and increased power with 30 pound-feet more torque. This comes from two injectors per cylinder and port injection in the intake.
Sounds like all the power and extra injectors would suck gas, but Ford claims the new second generation EcoBoost with electronic waste gates on the new twin turbos and the new 10-speed will get better fuel mileage than the previous version.
For the first time, the 3.5 liter EcoBoost will have integrated auto start-stop e-pump which is built into the new 10-speed transmission. That transmission has six closely spaced gears, then direct drive and three overdrives. And the transmission is only one half longer than the previous 6-speed. When we get the new 2017 F150 to Colorado, of course we’ll test it with trailers on I-70 thru the mountains.
It will be interesting to see it tow at altitude. Ford claims improved tow-haul and sport modes, but the Rockies will judge the improvements.
The new electronic boost on the new turbos will boost the engine at lower RPMs. That should give it a better power curve which is already similar to a diesel. The extra 30 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 450 torque is at peak torque. The 450 torque beats all the diesels and gas engines in the half-ton class.
Ford bet the farm on the EcoBoost V-6 twin turbos. Between the 3.5 liter EcoBoost and the 2.7 liter EcoBoost twin turbos, 60 percent of F150 sales are from the EcoBoosts. This second generation EcoBoost and 10-speed is, according to Ford, going to have better acceleration. I thought the previous 3.5 liter was a racecar already. Again as with the 2015 aluminum F150, the 2017 F150 will be lighter.
More than 20 patents account for the improvement like lighter turbine wheels from the aerospace, hollow camshafts, new roller-finger follower valve-train and improved intake and exhaust valves. The auto start-stop should save fuel and lower CO2 emissions. The 10-speed transmission has lower bottom gears, eventually that will allow higher final drive ratios like 3.05 instead of 3.55 which will come in the 2017 F150. ❖