Ford F-150: Powertrain Upgrades In Detail!

Ford F-150: Powertrain Upgrades In Detail!

Ford F-150: Powertrain Upgrades In Detail!

For 2017, it promises to get better.

The 2017 Ford F150 pickups with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0L V8 will continue to use the 6-speed automatic transmission for now, but I would expect to see the 10-speed rolled out through the entire F150 lineup within the next few years, provided that the company doesn't run into any issues with this new gearbox. Let's take a closer look at each.

The 2017's 3.5-liter V-6 is actually the second generation of this engine. In addition to enhanced efficiency, the drivetrain is lighter than the current technology.

"We really can optimize efficiency, emissions control, cold start-ability and output, and performance of the engine with two fuel systems", Scott said.

Auto Start/Stop function now comes as standard, which Ford claimed will reduce C02 emissions as it will decrease idle times of the motor. Improvements in fuel economy are to be announced closer to the on-sale date of the 2017 F-150.

Working with those new turbos are electronically activated wastegates, which can open up anytime, whereas the outgoing 3.5-liter EcoBoost had to build boost before diverting those exhaust gases. It also includes new pistons, a new cylinder, new turbochargers and an electronically controlled wastegate.

Ford's commitment to continuous light-weighting to improve performance also is evident in the hollow camshafts in the all-new roller-finger follower valvetrain that help save up to 4 pounds of weight.

All of those changes add up to more torque. Ford did not provide horsepower or fuel-economy numbers.

"When you combine the (engine and transmission), it creates a powertrain combination that is truly unbeatable in the segment", said Kevin Norris, Ford's manager of the 10-speed transmission program. The internal components-gears, clutches, etc.-will be shared with GM, but the software programming and case will be unique to Ford. Offering improved acceleration and performance, the transmission has three overdrive gears and a much wider ratio span (with drag-reduction actions). A new real-time adaptive shift algorithm monitors more than a dozen powertrain and driver input signals to make the transmission adapt to each driver's needs. For automobiles, the new transmission will typically have 9 speeds, although a 10 speed version will be used the Chevrolet Camaro later this year.

It is also lightweight as it Ford's first gearbox that does not use cast-iron parts. The truck is set to go on sale this fall.

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