Following a preview earlier this year, Ford has released final performance specifications for the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that will be available in the 2017 F-150.
Set to go on sale this fall, the 2017 F-150 can be equipped with an all-new engine that produces 375 horsepower and a 470 pound-feet of torque. This is an increase of 10 hp and 50 lb-ft over the previous-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
Ford is particularly proud of the engine's torque figure as the company notes the number beats "all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6."
Besides being more powerful, the engine boasts new turbochargers, electrically-controlled wastegates, and a lighter turbine wheel that promises to increase responsiveness. The engine also boasts a start/stop system and an all-new "dual-direct and port fuel-injection system" that helps to improve performance as well as fuel efficiency.
The engine will be paired to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission which is being billed as the first "volume-production" automatic to have ten gears. The transmission replaces the previous six-speed automatic gearbox and should cut down on trips to the pump.
Unfortunately, fuel economy ratings were the one thing Ford hasn't announced but the outgoing engine enabled the truck to return up to 17 miles per gallon city / 24 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined.
Gallery: 2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
2017 FORD F-150 WITH ALL-NEW 3.5-LITER ECOBOOST V6 NETS BEST-IN-CLASS, V8-BEATING 470 LB.-FT. OF TORQUE, MORE HORSEPOWER
- All-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine in the 2017 Ford F-150 produces 375 horsepower and a segment-best 470 lb.-ft. of torque, a gain of 10 hp and 50 lb.-ft. from previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost
- Class-leading torque of 3.5-liter EcoBoost and new 10-speed automatic transmission will deliver improved acceleration and performance
- 3.5-liter EcoBoost paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker
DEARBORN, Mich., July 11, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, continues its relentless pace of innovation, delivering segment-leading torque for 2017 F-150 customers with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, to a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6. Horsepower jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 is paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker.
The more capable powertrain combination will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. The 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales.
The Ford F-150 remains the first and only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo gasoline engine.
The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.