Second generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine gets horsepower, torque bump

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Ford engineers designed the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine to provide better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.


Ford’s much-anticipated second-generation 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine got a 50 lb.-ft. peak torque improvement compared with the first-generation models, Ford announced Monday.

The new engine, which goes on sale with the 2017 model year F-150 later this fall, features a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., topping all diesel and gas engines – including V8s with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6.

The engine’s final torque numbers are also higher than the 450 lb.-ft. Ford estimated in May.

The torque improvement, according to Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer, comes from Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission “that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance,” he adds.

Horsepower jumps 10 ponies from the previous version, to 375 hp – another unexpected bonus. Ford previously expected the horsepower rating to remain the same from the first generation 3.5 EcoBoost.

The new engine, Ford says, provides better low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.