2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 Ramps Up Horsepower and Torque | Edmunds

2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 Ramps Up Horsepower and Torque


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.

The new F-150 begins arriving at Ford dealerships this fall, competing against such models as the Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan XD, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

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.

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