In order to help drivers see them easily, Ford displays the 10 gears of its new 10-speed transmission for the all-new 2017 F-150 in the truck’s instrument panel.
The new transmission, which is the first volume-production 10-speed automatic available to consumers, will deliver enhanced performance and acceleration compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. This is made possible by optimized wide-span gear spacing combined with drag-reduction actions. A wider span and three overdrive gears enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help enhance fuel efficiency at highway speeds while maintaining best-in-class towing performance.
Thanks to the smarter shift logic, 2017 F-150 drivers can tow with enhanced confidence utilizing tow/haul mode. New adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms track over a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time—ensuring the proper gear at the right time for a pleasant driving experience, including in sport mode.
There is also an integrated electric pump that works with the standard Auto Start-Stop system for smooth restarts and enhanced driving efficiency.
Weight savings play a major role in enhanced shifting performance. The 10-speed gearbox—the first from Ford not to use cast-iron components—utilizes advanced materials and alloys that lead to lighter weight. In addition, an integrated torque converter/ turbine clutch helps cut more than two pounds, while also effectively reducing the packaging footprint.
The new 10-speed is combined with Ford’s second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Engineers of the American automaker designed the engine to offer best-in-class torque for a V6 engine—one that defeats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors at over 450 lb.-ft. The new engine offers better low-end and peak engine torque, making it ideal for towing heavy trailers and heavy payloads.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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