Ford continues its relentless pace of innovation and performance, helping customers get better mileage out of each gallon of gas in the 2017 Ford F-150. Thanks to the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission, EPA-estimated city, highway and combined fuel economy increase 1 mpg, with the combined rating for 2017 F-150 4×4 up 2 mpg.
The 2017 Ford F-150 4×4 is rated at 17 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway for an overall rating of 20 mpg.
In addition, F-150 customers benefit from improved acceleration, performance and refinement delivered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and state-of-the-art 10-speed automatic transmission. This new powertrain combination provides better low-end and peak performance, which is ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, for a segment best 470 lb.-ft. – beating all diesel- and gasoline powered competitors including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement. Horsepower jumps 10 over the previous version, for a total of 375 horsepower.
The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost leverages the best attributes of the first-generation design – power, reliability and efficiency – improving in almost every aspect. This includes a new twin-port and direct-injection fuel strategy, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned twin turbocharger with electronic wastegate, and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.
The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost – which account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales. F-150 remains the only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbocharged gasoline engine. With 1 million-plus Ford EcoBoostequipped trucks on the road, F-150 owners will save more than 110 million gallons of gas over the next year while out-hauling the competition.
The all-new 10-speed automatic transmission available for 2017 F-150 4×2 and 4×4 models optimizes engine power and torque ranges, with closer ratios between gears and patented hydraulic controls.
Smarter shift logic helps customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode. All-new adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode. In addition, a unique high-speed oneway clutch allows for non-sequential shifting.
Weight savings play a key role in improved shifting performance. The 10-speed gearbox – the first from Ford not to employ cast-iron components – uses advanced materials and alloys. An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch helps shave more than two pounds, while reducing the packaging footprint.
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