2017 Ford F-150 Features All-New 10-Speed Transmission

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For the 2017 model year, all Ford F-150s equipped with the new, upgraded 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine (now with 375 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque) will also get the industry’s first 10-speed transmission. 

The current Ford six-speed center-console transmission offers Tow/Haul, Sport and Normal settings that can change shift patterns up and down more aggressively, hold gears longer, downshift quicker and provide better grade braking. The new transmission will have the same three modes but will be smarter, faster and better able to include a wider range of towing, hauling and empty-driving parameters — not to mention it also has four more gears.

The new transmission will have one of the lowest 1st gears in the half-ton segment (Ram has a 4.71:1 1st gear in its factory eight-speed) and offer three overdrive gears, with its 9th speed having the same ratio as the previous transmission’s top 6th gear. 

The transmission gearing readout remains inside the tachometer but now shows a stacked 1 through 10, instead of the previous 1 through 6, continually identifying which gear it is currently in.

The new 10-speed transmission offers several new technologies and features. The transmission offers: 

  • a wider top-to-bottom gear span with closer gear spacing
  • an integrated start/stop program and standard electric pump
  • the first Ford transmission not to use any cast iron for weight savings
  • a smarter shift logic that allows for wider control of power over a wider set of situations
  • a computer controller that uses more than double the previous amount of coding
  • a new 10-speed that has six clutch packs and four planetary gear sets 
  • a 1st gear ratio of 4.69:1; 2nd: 2.98:1; 3rd: 2.14:1; 4th: 1.76:1; 5th: 1.52:1; 6th: 1.27:1; 7th: 1.00:1; 8th: 0.85:1; 9th: 0:68:1; and 10th: 0.63:1

The new transmission is essentially the same length as the previous six-speed it replaces, but it won’t add any additional weight to F-150s equipped with the new engine and 10-speed. F-150s can be ordered with the new powertrain now. 

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

Thank you GM for sharing your techno expertise with our Ford engineers and allowing them to view how to build the 10 speed transmission. Us FORD faithful can now somewhat hold our heads up when we pull up along side one of the Awesome full size GM twins. Speaking of full size GM twins, I wish FORD had a truck that looks as good as the GMC Sierra Denali.

From the 700R4 to the 4L80E to the 6L80/90E GM has owned the "Reliable" transmission department.... would have done GM better to put the 10spd into service first though. ..unless they are using ford as guinea pigs??? Guess time will tell...

They don't use Ford as guinea pigs, they see Ford as technology and innovation leaders from which they can learn from.

@Tom, you sure spoke the truth brother. That's better that about 98% of the other posters on this site.

The Camaro gets this trans right now as well.

This is the transmission that gm will be putting in their aluminum twin turbo v6. Howie was film a commercial where they were showing how superior gm aluminum is to rams steel body. The aluminum twin turbo 10 speed silverado/sierra is going to be an smazing truck.

Recent buyers of 2015 and 2016 F150s will really appreciate their trucks becoming obsolete so much faster.

a V8 powered 2013 Silverado or F150 is on my current wish list. A late model Tundra if I could get lucky and find one at a sensible price.

The Ram and the Nissan half ton trucks bring up the rear. Would need to be very price/value aware to go there. Some of the lease deals on the RAM are very appealing though.

G M has learned a lot form Ford just in the last few years
1= Do not build a fully aluminum trucks using yester tech. assembly (rivets & glue) because it cost billions to change plant equipment and lose billions in truck profits.
2= Don not stop building midsize trucks because an updated midsize truck will make billions in profits.
Learning from Fords mistakes has made and saved G M several billion dollars and will continue to for at least 2 more years.

Ouch, 10 speeds for a truck made out of aluminum foil?

Once again Ford is there to save GM from itself. Ford will share a Transmission it designed and owns the patents too and save them from the 8 speed GM designed on its own that has really done nothing to help it meet future CAFE standards.

FLASHBACK:

GM Showcases Strategy to Make New Vehicles Lighter
Posted by Aaron Bragman | May 26, 2016

To accomplish GM's lightweighting goals.....Extensive use of aluminum, several kinds of high-strength steel and magnesium allows for more creative part consolidation, while new bonding techniques are replacing welding with structural adhesive (yes, glue) and rivets.

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So GM's next truck will have extensive aluminum, adhesives and rivets, and a 10 speed.

Sound familiar?

"punching lightening holes in structural panels"


Yep. GM will still be using lots of paper thin steel, now with holes in it.

Well you told us the current 6 speed is center console which we already new, but what is the new one?

Well you told us the current 6 speed is center console which we already new, but what is the new one?

Ford tough built from Chevy Stuff.

Weight reduction? How much?

It's good to see GM's and Ford's new 10 speed.

What I'd like to know is how much strength has gone from this gearbox? A 10 speed with the same weight as a 6 speed?

There wasn't too much on how the structural intergrity is maintained.

I wonder if it will become known as a 10 Speed Exploder?

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.

Weight reduction? How much?

It's good to see GM's and Ford's new 10 speed.

What I'd like to know is how much strength has gone from this gearbox? A 10 speed with the same weight as a 6 speed?

There wasn't too much on how the structural intergrity is maintained.

I wonder if it will become known as a 10 Speed Exploder?

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.

Weight reduction? How much?

It's good to see GM's and Ford's new 10 speed.

What I'd like to know is how much strength has gone from this gearbox? A 10 speed with the same weight as a 6 speed?

There wasn't too much on how the structural intergrity is maintained.

I wonder if it will become known as a 10 Speed Exploder?

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.

Weight reduction? How much?

It's good to see GM's and Ford's new 10 speed.

What I'd like to know is how much strength has gone from this gearbox? A 10 speed with the same weight as a 6 speed?

There wasn't too much on how the structural intergrity is maintained.

I wonder if it will become known as a 10 Speed Exploder?

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.

Weight reduction? How much?

It's good to see GM's and Ford's new 10 speed.

What I'd like to know is how much strength has gone from this gearbox? A 10 speed with the same weight as a 6 speed?

There wasn't too much on how the structural intergrity is maintained.

I wonder if it will become known as a 10 Speed Exploder?

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.

I still want to know how much more it costs to purchase and maintain than say a 4speed auto 4L60E, and how much better fuel economy you return. I understand more gears equal better performance but at some point there is a diminishing return on investment.

10 speed what a joke. What's wrong with 4 speed? Works great in my truck

Also doesn't it sound and feel annoying having your transmission shift so often? Or just unplug the fake ecoboost sound fuse and you don't hear it anymore?

I hope the guys on here realize this was a joint effort between Ford and GM. And I also hope that these same guys doing all the negative commenting have not reproduced. God I hope not. And they wonder why this new generation of people have gotten America in so much trouble. Its just a shame to read some of these negative comments on this site. Frightening is more like it.

Reverse gear ratio? How much shorter than 1st gear?
http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/may/0511-10speed-gm.html
Reverse of the Zf 6hp transmission the Ford is using is 3.403.
Now reverse is going to be 40+% shorter, which means 4x2 pickup won't be able to successfully reverse in low traction situations.
Get the 4x4, the one with the Auto setting.

Thank you FORD for sharing your techno expertise with shaky GOVT motors; we understand they were desperate/hard strapped for funds & needed a partner to cover development costs even though it was their main competitor & reference that has kicked their butts for over 40 yrs in ful size truck sales...hahahaha!!!

Us FORD faithful fans can be proud & hold our heads up high as we didn't file bankruptcy/got bailed out & then still owe taxpayers $11 billion & counting. So when we pull up along side one of the shaky full size GM twins, we can look down at them & spit in their path.

Speaking of full size FORD trucks, I wish shaky GOVT motors would redesign their butt ugly square trucks with matching cavernous square wheel wells..LOL

10 speeds of junk with Ford programming in it. You Ford guys will at least have a decent base to start with. Thanks GM.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2013/09/spied-new-ford-exits-gm-proving-grounds.html

http://www.google.co.in/patents/US7651431

we can look down at them & spit in their path.

Posted by: Lionel | Sep 4, 2016 4:51:41 PM

You wouldn't do it your to chicken, you'd go tell your boy friend to do it.

GM can't build anything with help from other manufacturers or U. S. taxes. Their trucks are 10 years behind all others. See the new 2026 Chevy Silverado with turbo V6, 10 speed transmission and aluminum body

Think they can put this in my silverado to get rid of the shake... My 6.2 shakes bad due to the 8 speed. I will pay to have this tranny put into my silverado to get rid of my shake. My dealer says the shake normal and wont do anything.

Ford and GM teamed up on 2 transmissions.

10 Speed: Ford was in charge of the 10 speed, and got it into the F-150 already and will arrive at dealers next month....

9 Speed: GM was in charge of the 9 speed, and very little is known. It's supposed to show up in the Chevy Malibu but very little is written on it.

I hope the 9-and-10-speeds are more refined than the ZF unit employed by Chrysler. The 10 speed is getting rave reviews.

I'm glad to see GM and Ford working together on these Transmissions and wish them both nothing but good luck,

Also Ford could probably help GM with Turbo integration of their excellent power plants, GM has some smaller turbo implementations on cars, besides Duramax.

I'm not fan of turbos but they are coming, smaller displacement and turbos are going to be needed to cheat EPA testing.

If GM goes Alum it will be a smarter way and easier migration on the truck plants.

Fiat is falling back fast as is Yoda and Nissan.

The new Ford F150 10speed transmission will be installed in the 2018 Corvettes. LOL

Ram has a 4.71:1 1st gear in its factory eight-speed
Ford 1st gear ratio is 4.69:1

Meeeh.

You mean Ram has a 4.71:1 first gear in its ZF designed Transmission that they license for ZF.

No. They don't licence that for ZF. LOL.

Chrysler builds 'their' 8 speed automatic, under license from ZF.
The 2nd generation ZF 8hp transmission, has greater ratio spread than the GM-Ford 10 speed.

I still don't understand why no CVT transmission was designed for any truck?
With the CVT the gear ratios can be unlimited, you can call it a "200" speed transmission if you want.

Here is a Aug. 31 video driving the new 10 speed.
What amazed me highway driving it was below 1500 RPM's just around idle speed going 70 mph.

http://www.tfltruck.com/2016/08/how-fast-and-efficient-is-the-2017-ford-f-150-10-speed-first-drive-review/

@BankruptinPA

re CVT

I think that the GM half ton hybrids and SUVs had CVTs and Atkinson-cycle 6.0 engines around 2008-2010 or so.

DUMB!

Now the auto industry has gone down the must replace vehicles after 3-5 years because they will need massive repairs to keep them going, thus justifying their budget numbers, etc...

I recently heard from an inside source at Totota, that they will be offering a 13 speed in the Tundra for the 2018 model year.

If wider range transmissions continue to grow in range. Will 4wd low still be needed on transfer cases or will this eventually be deleted for weight savings and simplicity? I personally primarily use 4wd for snow not rock crawling. I have owned trucks for a long time and never use 4 low. If deletion of a low range would make the 4wd upgrade cheaper I would be very happy. The consumer would have near the same ratios available just by a different means.

So GM's next truck will have extensive aluminum, adhesives and rivets, and a 10 speed.

Sound familiar?

Posted by: Jason | Sep 4, 2016 12:12:20 PM

Sure does!

Sounds like the process Alcoa developed and has offered to any automotive manufacturer willing to pay the price of admission. Obviously Ford paid up and it's pretty clear GM paid too.

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http://www.autonews.com/article/20131209/OEM01/312099964/oems-press-alcoa-to-share-aluminum-bonding-process

"OEMs press Alcoa to share aluminum-bonding process"
December 9, 2013 @ 12:01 am
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You're acting as if Ford "created" this process and GM is "stealing" it.

No, he is resoding to the person above who said GM learned not to use it, and the dolts who bashed the process.

I think that the GM half ton hybrids and SUVs had CVTs and Atkinson-cycle 6.0 engines around 2008-2010 or so.
Posted by: papa jim | Sep 5, 2016 3:29:21 AM

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-2nd-look-at-the-2-mode-hybrid-it-could-have-saved-more-gas-than-the-prius/

"...GM decided to implement a variation on the Allison design that would initially be used in fullsize rear wheel drive body on frame trucks and SUVs and later developed in FWD form suitable for passenger cars. What would become known as the GM 2ML70 transmission (in the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the Mercedes-Benz ML450 BlueHybrid it’s called the Allison AHS-2) added four fixed gear ratios to the mix. It has two 82 kW (110 hp peak) three phase permanent magnet AC motors, three planetary gear sets, and four selectively engaging friction clutches. A dampener replaces a conventional automatic’s torque converter."

I think that the GM half ton hybrids and SUVs had CVTs and Atkinson-cycle 6.0 engines around 2008-2010 or so.
Posted by: papa jim | Sep 5, 2016 3:29:21 AM

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-2nd-look-at-the-2-mode-hybrid-it-could-have-saved-more-gas-than-the-prius/

"...GM decided to implement a variation on the Allison design that would initially be used in fullsize rear wheel drive body on frame trucks and SUVs and later developed in FWD form suitable for passenger cars. What would become known as the GM 2ML70 transmission (in the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the Mercedes-Benz ML450 BlueHybrid it’s called the Allison AHS-2) added four fixed gear ratios to the mix. It has two 82 kW (110 hp peak) three phase permanent magnet AC motors, three planetary gear sets, and four selectively engaging friction clutches. A dampener replaces a conventional automatic’s torque converter."

Reverse gear ratio? How much shorter than 1st gear?
http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/may/0511-10speed-gm.html
Reverse of the Zf 6hp transmission the Ford is using is 3.403.
Now reverse is going to be 40+% shorter, which means 4x2 pickup won't be able to successfully reverse in low traction situations.
Get the 4x4, the one with the Auto setting.
Posted by: George_C | Sep 4, 2016 4:41:51 PM
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That all depends on the axle ratios they select. Makes bigger tires easier to do since you might not need a re-gear too.

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nervous Nine-Speed Transmission ... Finally

There are few automotive components as widely vilified these days as the nine-speed automatic transmissions being offered in several Fiat Chrysler models. Car critics and consumers alike have slammed what once seemed like a breakthrough gearbox for a litany of troubles since it debuted in the Jeep Cherokee in May 2014.

Manufactured by Germany’s ZF, FCA is recalling the nine-speed gearbox for having a tendency to inadvertently shift into neutral. Perhaps highlighting the obvious, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall notice says that, “If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts into neutral, there is an increased risk of a crash.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2016/08/09/fiat-chrysler-recalls-nervous-nine-speed-transmission-finally/#5bfba3415343

FORD AND GM WILL SHOW THOSE FIAT-BOYS HOW ITS DONE!

Ford had issues building the 6 speed manual for the Mustang.


Posted by: Wild Willy | Sep 4, 2016 12:59:46 PM

Yup, the real BARFO. The Getrag mt82 was another soapbox for you. You know the one in your minitruck. Like I said before, different name, same gal.



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