Ford Surprises Itself with New 3.5-Liter EcoBoost

EcoBoost

Ford’s EcoBoost technology has been a wild success in everything from the Mustang to the F-150.

EcoBoost is, of course, Ford’s name for a direct-injected turbocharged gasoline engine. While the EcoBoost name is specific to Ford, nearly every automaker sells an EcoBoost engine. They just call it a direct-injected turbocharged engine.

Regardless, buyers of the Expedition, Explorer, Taurus, Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta have also had the EcoBoost experience. Owners love them because they offer similar power to larger-displacement engines, but with better fuel economy and lower emissions.

Automakers love them because they get to charge a premium for the privilege of driving one.

Now there’s an additional benefit to driving an EcoBoost. Ford’s second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine has even more power than the automaker originally thought it would.

The folks over at Equipment World said,

Ford previously expected horsepower to remain the same from the first generation 3.5L EcoBoost while estimating a 30 lb.-ft. boost in torque, 365 hp and 450 lb.-ft., respectively.

However, more recent measurements place those specs at 375 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

The torque figure is an improvement of 50 lb.-ft. over the previous generation 3.5L EcoBoost and will be a segment-best, topping all diesel and gas engines, including V8s with nearly twice the displacement.

That means we can expect vehicles with the latest 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine to have increased towing capacities and quicker acceleration. Plus, a new 10-speed automatic transmission should further improve performance while keeping fuel economy in check.

That transmission in itself is newsworthy because it’s the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker. Ford has engineered the gearbox to be its first without cast-iron parts, helping save weight.

The new EcoBoost and transmission will make their debut in the 2017 Ford F-150, which will go on sale this fall.

Would you rather have an EcoBoost or a diesel engine in your next truck?

-tgriffith

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