Ford has announced that they will upgrade the fuel economy of the 2017 model of their F-150 pickup truck. That model will feature an improvement in mileage with an additional 1 mile per gallon in comparison to its predecessor. This is basically thanks to the revamped 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine plus the first application of its 10-speed automatic transmission.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2017 F-150 gets 18mpg in the city, whereas it gets 25mpg on the highway. So in short, it gets 21mpg as a combination. In essence, that is 1 mile per gallon more than the previous 2016 model. That version featured 17mpg in the city, 24 on the highway, and 20 combined.
Still, some are still wondering whether this 1mpg boost is enough for the company to gain a marketing edge over its other competitors on the market. That’s because it was recorded that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram 1500 can get gets 20 m.p.g. in the city, 27 on the highway and 23 combined. That is, when they equip it with a 3L diesel engine.
Since this truck is the company’s most popular car, Ford views the fuel economy of the F-150 pickup truck to be incredibly important. Not to mention that for 39 years in a row, the F-series pickup truck lineup has been the company’s top-selling range in the United States. Actually, they can consider any sort of fuel efficiency enhancement to be a an edge in the competitive pickup market.
In addition, when Ford launched the 2015 version of the F-150 pickup, they already gained ground on fuel economy. That was because of the aluminium body of the vehicle that was able to lessen around 700lbs of weight.
According to data, the Ford’s EcoBoost engine, which was released back in 2011, comprises 60% of the company’s overall F-150 sales. Also, by June, Ford was able to sell more than a million F-150 trucks with that kind of engine.
You can experience a maximum 375hp and 470lb-ft of torque with the new 3.5L EcoBoost engine V6. This is 10hp and 50lb-ft. more than the first model. Finally, the 10-speed transmission promotes the increase of both power and torque with its closer gear ratios. Not to mention that it also enhances hauling and towing performance.