Ford has recently announced that it will equip all of its 2017 Ecoboost turbocharged engines with Auto Start-Stop technology in an attempt to boost fuel efficiency of its pickup trucks.
With this state-of-the-art technology, when the vehicle stops at stoplights, the engine will automatically shut down and start again, once the gas pedal is pushed. It is also capable of detecting the engine when it is idle or when the vehicle is at stop, except when in towing mode or four-wheel drive mode.
Auto Start-Stop has already been featured in the 2016 F-150 27 liter Ecoboost engine lineup. For the 2017 models, this technology will be extended to all other Ecoboost engines such as the 3.5 liter engine lineup.
Ford claims that Auto Start-Stop technology would be offered to around six percent of its truck lineup. The American automaker also mulls introducing this technology in the F-150 Raptor model which was rolled out recently.
In a statement, Ford truck group marketing manager Doug Scott said that EcoBoost already powers F-150’s best-in-class towing. “Now, with every EcoBoost-equipped F-150 mildly electrified with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, customers’ fuel efficiency is expected to improve as well.”
According to Ford, though fuel efficiency would increase with this technology, the actual numbers would depend on the exact driving patterns and conditions.
Included in the vehicles that will feature the Start-Stop technology are as follows: 2017 F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 3.5-liter EcoBoost, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost; F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost; 2017 Escape 1.5-liter EcoBoost, 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost; Edge 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost; Fusion 1.5-liter EcoBoost; and Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost.
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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