Ford has announced that the 2017 F-150 will received an updated version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with more power and a 10-speed automatic. The enhancements make the only twin-turbo V-6 half-ton pickup the most powerful one on the market.
The second generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will generate an impressive 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The figures equate to an increase of 10 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque of the 2016 model, making it the most powerful half-ton engine option in the segment. It even beats the larger V-8 half-tons, such as GM’s 6.2-liter V-8.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”
Along with the revamped 3.5-liter will be Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 will be the first high volume application of a 10-speed in the industry. Combined, the engine and transmission will obviously improve the truck’s acceleration and towing performance. Ford has not stated what impact the new engine will have on official payload or towing ratings.
These improvements are hardly a surprise. Ford eluded to the changes over a year ago when the company announced the 2017 F-150 Raptor, but this is the first time the power ratings of the new 3.5-liter have been detailed.
The 2017 Ford F-150 will go on sale this fall with the new engine. Given the fact over 60-percent of F-150 buyers are opting for the 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, there’s good odds you’ll end up with a twin-turbo V-6 if you’re interested in this truck.