2017 Ford F-150 to offer 2nd-gen 3.5L EcoBoost with dual direct and port fuel injection; 10-speed automatic
The 2017 Ford F-150 will offer an all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 30 lb-ft more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, up to a best-in-class 450 lb-ft (610 N·m) for a V6. F-150 remains the only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine.
The all-new Ford-built transmission—the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker—will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. More than 20 patents are approved or pending for the new powertrain combination.
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. Nearly 1 million F-150 EcoBoost engines have been sold to date, with the 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter accounting for approximately 60% of F-150 sales.
The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
The engine features an all-new, Ford-first dual direct and port fuel-injection system. Two injectors per cylinder—one mounted in the intake port where air enters the cylinder and one positioned inside the cylinder—work together to improve power output, efficiency, and emissions.
For example, in part-load operation, the indirect injection can supplement the direct injection to improve fuel economy and to reduce the output of particulates from the engine.
All-new turbochargers deliver more boost via improved twin turbos and a lighter turbine wheel. The new turbos work seamlessly with Ford-first electrically activated wastegates, enhancing operating efficiency. Light-weighting the turbine wheel by making it out of high-temperature super alloy Mar-M-247 developed by the aerospace industry improves responsiveness.
Hollow camshafts in the all-new roller-finger follower valvetrain help save up to 4 pounds (1.8 kg) of weight. The valvetrain also features more durable intake and exhaust valves, and hydraulic valve-lash adjusters that optimize engine durability over the life of the truck.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine provides Auto Start-Stop as a standard feature, helping customers save fuel, though actual fuel savings vary depending on driving patterns. The technology also contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions due to decreased idle times. Auto Start-Stop is specially tuned for truck customers, shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop—except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.
10-speed transmission. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for the 2017 F-150.
The transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions via optimized wide-span gear spacing, coupled with drag-reduction actions. Three overdrive gears and a wider ratio span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds, while maintaining best-in-class towing.
Weight savings play a key role in improved shifting performance. The 10-speed transmission uses advanced materials and alloys to save weight, and it is the first Ford gearbox that does not use cast-iron components.
An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch also helps shave more than 2 pounds (0.9 kg) of weight, while also reducing the packaging footprint. Smarter shift logic helps 2017 F-150 customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode. All-new real-time-adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain- and driver-control signals to ensure the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode.
An integrated electric pump works with the standard Auto Start-Stop system for seamless restarts and improved driving efficiency.
The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.