DEARBORN, Michigan — The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 in the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup will produce even more power than originally expected: 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
Ford announced the new numbers on Monday.
As previously reported by Edmunds, the expectation was that the second-generation EcoBoost V6 would put out 365 horsepower, the same as its predecessor, and Ford had announced that torque had been upped to 450 pound-feet, 30 more than the outgoing model.
But the latest horsepower and torque figures represent jumps of 10 and 50, respectively, over the previous version.
"The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment," said Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president of product development and chief technical officer, in a statement. "This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance."
Ford says the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission will give the F-150 better acceleration and all-around performance than the outgoing six-speed automatic, thanks to wide-spaced gearing and three overdrive gears, which result in maximum fuel economy at highway speeds while maintaining optimal power and towing capacity.
The EPA has not announced fuel-economy numbers on the 2017 F-150.
The 10-speed transmission also features real-time adaptive shift algorithms that monitor more than a dozen powertrain functions and driver inputs for better performance and responsiveness.
Interestingly, Ford notes that the 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines have accounted for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales, belying the notion that pickup customers demand only V8 power in their trucks.
Edmunds says: With increased power, the 3.5- EcoBoost V6 in the 2017 Ford F-150 should meet the needs of many pickup truck shoppers.