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Ford Updates F-150's 3.5L Turbo, Adds 10-Speed

May 03, 2016

Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.
Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

The 2017 F-150 will arrive with a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed transmission to deliver improved acceleration and performance than the prior model, Ford has announced.

Ford's second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost is rated at 450 lb.-ft. of torque, an improvement of 30 lb.-ft. Ford will continue to offer the 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost.

The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers, according to Ford.

The engine features a new dual-direct and port fuel-injection system. Two injectors per cylinder — one mounted in the intake port where air enters the cylinder and one positioned inside the cylinder — work together to improve power output, efficiency, and emissions.

New turbochargers deliver more boost thanks to improved twin turbos and a lighter turbine wheel. The new turbos work with electrically activated wastegates to enhance operating efficiency. Ford added a lighter-weight turbine wheel made out of high-temperature super alloy Mar-M-247 that was developed by the aerospace industry.

The 10-speed automatic transmission replaces the existing 6-speed for the 3.5L V-6.

The new transmission uses optimized wide-span gear spacing and drag-reduction actions. Three overdrive gears and a wider ratio span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds, according to Ford.

The 10-speed uses advanced materials and alloys to save weight, and it is the first Ford gearbox without cast-iron components. An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch also helps shave more than 2 pounds of weight.

Smarter shift logic assists while the truck is in tow/haul mode. New real-time-adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain- and driver-control signals to ensure the right gear at the right time.

An integrated electric pump works with the standard automatic start-stop system for seamless restarts and improved driving efficiency, according to Ford.


  1. 1. Matt Eberle [ May 04, 2016 @ 12:40PM ]

    Will this new 3.5 Liter V6 have the water pump inside the block like the current models due. Thus, cost the consumer about eight thousand to repair when it fails. I can wait to see what comes of this when the warranty runs out on 2011 model ford cars with 3.5 and 3.7 liter V6 engines in them. I will say good job on installing a water pump where no one can get to them without taking the whole engine apart.

  2. 2. john weir [ May 14, 2016 @ 10:42AM ]

    will ford offer a snow plow prep pkg. for the new 3.5L diesel? What is the warranty for this vehicle. whats is the price for crew cab 4x4, what is the price
    for crew 4x2, ?


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