The US automaker has decided to present the 2017 model year F-150 complete with a range of powertrain upgrades not long ago and now we know what impact they have on performance and fuel economy.
The trucks get an updated 3.5-liter biturbo EcoBoost V6 that now has 375 horsepower (279.6 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet of torque (637.2 Newton-meters) instead of the predecessor’s 365 hp (272.2 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569.4 Nm). The powertrain includes the switch from a six speed automatic to a new ten-speed automatic gearbox. Now the standard rear-wheel-drive 2017 F-150 can get a rating of 18 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined, compared to EPA’s rating for the 2016 model year of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.
The all-wheel drive 2017 F-150 will go with 17 mpg city, 23, mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined instead of the 2016 model year which had a rating of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. All in all, the change to a 10-speed automatic and upgraded engine means the fuel economy for the trucks has gone up between 5 and 10 percent. Ford also says other improvements have been operated with the addition of the new transmission: increase of the low-end torque and better shift logic in the Tow/Haul mode. The Raptor also improves on its predecessor, with fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined.