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

So here it finally is... the JOINT Ford GM 10spd auto that Ford had the LEAD on (there is a 2nd joint tranny project between these two for a 9speed horizontal FWD that GM is the lead on).

They have been working on this for some years now. Makes you wonder why GM also wasted the money on its 8spd? but then again a quick look at business history and its obvious they aren't known for being bright.

So F150 and Camaro get it first... probably (and here is a real shocker for the blind) followed by Mustang and Silverado. It wont be long you'll be seeing Chevys and GMCs made of aluminum and even offering a modern V6 people want... O the 6.2V8s days in the 1/2 ton are numbered (ask CAFE) but then again only 10% of their half ton trucks ever see one under the hood.

Its as bit low rent for Ford to ally with a bail out baby to develop something but what the hell the E40D was a complete disaster but then again no one built a great 4 speed when they first came out. Cramming so much in such a small package with no additional weight seems ominous but remember both were on this project and it will be coming to your aluminum v6 Silverado soon.

Hope it works out for both. Im betting it will. Seems like a lot of work for another 2 MPG for the Fords with the current 6 speed and the extra 1 MPG for the Chevyy's GMC's with the 8 speed they wasted their time and money making but at least this 10 speed pass or fail the costs and issues will be shared...

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

Meeeh.

Posted by: RAM | Sep 4, 2016 10:28:40 PM

And with the lower 1st gear ratio you would thing that the 5.7L powered fiat 1500 with 3:92 rear gears would outperform fords and GM base engine equipped 1500 series trucks. It struggles to do that with Ford and GM using 6 speed transmissions and taller rear gears. LMAO.

Clint, I think the 10 speed will be a huge success. Since the 4R100, their rear drive transmissions have been great. The 5R110W was as bullet proof as you could get. I loved the fact it used no valve body. Talk about simple. The joint venture in the front drive 6 speed was also a huge success for both Ford and GM. There was some initial issues in manufacturing between Ford and GM though. Ford did recall the affected vehicles, GM did not but they did correct the manufacturing issues. Other than that, they are bullet proof for front drive transmissions.

The 10 speed will be a success for people who tow and haul. For the folks who use their pickup like a family car, the advantages may not be as distinct.

In either case the 10 speed will offer the potential for great highway FE without compromising low-speed grunt. A no lose proposition.

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.
Posted by: George_C | Sep 4, 2016 11:20:55 PM


Chrysler licencsed the 8HP design, cheapened it up to help their bottom line, then built it in their own transmission plant. It's far from being an equal to a real ZF transmission.

The 10 speed will be a success for people who tow and haul. For the folks who use their pickup like a family car, the advantages may not be as distinct.

In either case the 10 speed will offer the potential for great highway FE without compromising low-speed grunt. A no lose proposition.
Posted by: papa jim | Sep 6, 2016 11:36:07 AM

Yep! Most people that complain about 8 or 10 speed transmissions will never understand the huge benefit it'll have in a truck climbing a steep grade or pulling a tree stump. No more hunting for the right gear. As long as it's a reliable transmission, I'm glad to see the 10-speed in a half-ton pickup.

Chrysler licencsed the 8HP design, cheapened it up to help their bottom line, then built it in their own transmission plant. It's far from being an equal to a real ZF transmission.
Posted by: gregory | Sep 6, 2016 4:47:48 PM

Yes , Chrysler 8 speed has been improved over ZF. Google it.


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

Meeeh.

Posted by: RAM | Sep 4, 2016 10:28:40 PM

And with the lower 1st gear ratio you would thing that the 5.7L powered fiat 1500 with 3:92 rear gears would outperform fords and GM base engine equipped 1500 series trucks. It struggles to do that with Ford and GM using 6 speed transmissions and taller rear gears. LMAO.
Posted by: LMAO | Sep 6, 2016 10:47:50 AM

What do you mean by that ?

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

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

You Ford got to name a F-series that is as good looking as the GMC Sierra Denali, oh wait, there isn't any. Damn you, GMC.

too many gears, way to expensive and complex to maybe get 1/2 mpg better

I have owned upwards of 15 Chevy trucks from 1974 model to 09 I'm on my second f150 3.5 ecoboost and I have no plans of going back. No negative comments here.

Real review: I just drove my friends new 2017 Ford raptor with the twin turbo v6 and 10 speed transmission. Vehicle has 8,400 miles on it. I didn't think I was going to make the 35 miles to my home. Now, I have always owned Ford trucks. I currently own a Ford truck (f-250), after driving the new Raptor this will be my last Ford product. With only 8400 miles, already transmission problems. In drive mode It felt like the transmission converter would not unlock and allow a down shift, the transmission would shutter violently whenever going up a hill. I finally used the manual shift mode just to get home. For all the hype, It felt like the engine was underpowered. I did like the ride, firm and smooth. The digital dash was very confusing and way to busy. Interior was cheap feeling. I was put off by the push button start switch. From a quality aspect, I was very disappointed. I would expect better for a $67,000 vehicle. Why would anyone need 10 speeds? More to fail. If this vehicle already has problems at 8,400 miles, what does the future hold. Not for me!.



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