As reported earlier, for the 2017 model year, Ford is upgrading its premium EcoBoost V-6 engine and offering 10 more horsepower and 50 pounds-feet more torque than the outgoing engine. It’s even more than we originally thought, delivering more torque than any other half-ton (including all V-8s) in the segment.
Currently, 10 percent of Ford F-150s are equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, 33 percent with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, 32 percent with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and about 25 percent with the 5.0-liter V-8. In fact, in the last two years, Ford has sold well more than 1 million EcoBoost engines in its half-ton pickup truck.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 offers several new technologies and features to achieve its 375 hp and class-leading 470 pounds-feet of torque. The engine has:
- Both direct and dual-port injection with two separate injectors per cylinder
- Two new turbos with lighter turbine wheels for faster response (less lag)
- Standard stop-start engine controls
- A valve train that now uses roller rockers for reduced parasitic loss in power
- Four hollowed-out camshaft cores to save more than 4 pounds of weight
The new engine will be paired with an all-new Ford 10-speed transmission that was initially developed with General Motors. The all-new EcoBoost engines and 10-speed transmissions will be available on all trim levels and standard on Limited models. The engines will weigh the same and look very similar, yet will have a unique plastic, sound-deadening cover.
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2016 ECOBOOST V-6 COVER
2017 ECOBOOST V-6 COVER