Shown and announced last year in the 2017 Raptor, Ford has now detailed the second generation 3.5L V6 EcoBoost and the new 10-speed transmission.
Ford says the all-new 3.5L EcoBoost takes lessons learned from the first generation and the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost and applies them to the new engine. The new powertrain will now boast best-in-class torque with 450 lbs. ft., 30 better than the last generation engine. This is better than comparable gas or diesel engines from its competitors. Towing should be improved with better low-end and peak torque as well. Horsepower has not been announced.
Two new turbochargers, overall lighter weight, and Auto Start-Stop coming standard will all help fuel economy over the prior engine as well. Though the start-stop will come standard, when the trucks are in tow or four-wheel-drive mode, the feature will automatically turn itself off.
Ford expects to sell the millionth F-150 with EcoBoost technology shortly. Engines with the technology currently generate 60-percent of the vehicle’s sales.
The new 3.5L EcoBoost will be exclusively mated with the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. This transmission, which was co-developed with General Motors, will improve fuel-economy, towing, and weight over the last generation with 6-speeds. This will be the first Ford transmission without cast-iron parts, again saving weight over prior generations of transmissions.
The 3.5L V6 EcoBoost will be built at the Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio and the 10-speed transmission will be produced at Livonia Transmission Plant in Michigan. Both investments will allow higher employment to meet the demand expected for the new engine and transmission.
The 10-speed transmission will be a first for a mass produced vehicle.
F-150’s with both the new engine and transmission should start to arrive on lots this fall.