Ford is updating the 2017 F-150 with a new EcoBoost V6 engine and a landmark 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain arrives as an option and is set to improve performance and efficiency.
The EcoBoost V6 displaces 3.5 liters and follows the first-generation engine of the same size that launched in 2009. Power is expected to remain at 365 horsepower, but torque increases 30 pound-feet to 450 lb-ft for the basic 3.5-liter EcoBoost. A higher-output version of the engine, said to make at least 450 hp, will be used in the 2017 F-150 Raptor.
The new EcoBoost engine is about four pounds lighter than the outgoing unit. It has direct and port fuel injection, new cylinder heads, and a new valvetrain. The turbos are also new and increase boost from about 14.5 psi to 16 psi.
The 10-speed transmission was developed as part of an agreement with General Motors. Each company will calibrate the unit for its own vehicles and build it in separate factories. GM will launch the 10-speed in the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 late this year. GM is working on a nine-speed transmission as part of the alliance, as well.
Ford is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade facilities in Michigan and Ohio to build the new powertrain combination.
Forged from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps the truck shed more than 500 pounds, F-150 Raptor is inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the famous Baja 1000.
Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology help the F-150 Raptor tackle the toughest of surfaces. An available Torsen front differential also increases off-road capability even further.
The all-new Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant, and goes on sale fall 2016.