More High Tech 3.5L EcoBoost in F-150 Makes More Torque

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3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission

The 2017 Ford F-150 will have an all-new, second generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. Unlike some engine upgrades, this contains all new, lightweight materials and added features. Also, it now has best-in-class torque for a V6 engine, even beating out Ram’s 3.0L EcoDiesel.

On the surface, the new EcoBoost V6 features upgrades to give it a stump-puling 450 lb-ft of torque. Also, the new design of the engine accommodates the standard start-stop system . Start-stop hepls you get better fuel economy by killing the engine at traffic lights. But, it also helps cut CO2 emissions, which is important for Ford.

3.5L EcoBoost engine infographic

Diving deeper, the EcoBoost features port and direct fuel injection for improved efficiency. New turbochargers have electronically-controlled wastegates, which is a first for Ford. The actual turbine wheel is made out of space-age Mar-M-247 alloy, which makes it lighter and improves responsiveness.

Light-weighting to improve performance also exists in the hollow camshafts in the all-new roller-finger follower valvetrain. That saves 4 lbs of weight.  The valvetrain features more durable intake and exhaust valves. Hydraulic valve-lash adjusters make the engine more durable over the truck’s lifetime.

3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission

The 3.5L EcoBoost will be constructed at the Cleveland EcoBoost engine plant, and we aren’t expecting any price increae for the new engine. It’s just one of the ways Ford is committing to continuous improvement. It’ll be fun to test out this new engine.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

via [Ford]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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