The fuel economy of Ford’s 2017 F-150 pickup truck is rising thanks to a new turbocharged engine and a 10-speed transmission.
Ford said the Environmental Protection Agency rating for the 2017 F-150 will jump by 1 mpg in city, highway and combined driving over the outgoing model. The new ratings are 18 mpg for city driving, 25 mpg for highway driving and 21 mpg for combined driving.
That applies only to the trucks equipped with Ford’s new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission.
The second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will produce 375 horsepower, a jump of 10 over the previous engine and 470 pound-feet of peak torque, an increase of 50 pound-feet.
The engine and transmission combination will be offered as a $2,595 option, depending on the model in the 2017 F-150 lineup.
The combined rating for the 2017 F-150 4×4 equipped with the new engine will increase by 2 mpg to 20 mpg. The other measures go up by one to 17 mpg for city driving and 23 mpg for highway driving, Ford said.
The fuel economy ratings on other engine and transmission configurations of the F-150 truck line won’t change for 2017.
Ford’s F-series makes up the nation’s best-selling truck and top selling vehicle of any type. Ford has sold almost 600,000 of the trucks through the first nine months of this year, a 5.5 percent increase compared with the same period a year earlier, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine leverages the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Combined, they account for 60 percent of F-150 sales.
Adding more gears to a transmission can increase fuel efficiency.
It also will be a standard feature on the 2017 Raptor and Limited models.
Last week, Ford said its new 2017 F-150 Raptor off-road performance pickup truck will come equipped with a new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a change from the V8 that powered the previous generation model.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will produce 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 39 horsepower and 76 pound-feet of torque from the current Raptor