Ford Piles on the Tech, Squeezes Far more Mileage From the 2017 F-150

2017 Ford F-150

It’s not a revolution in fuel efficiency, but an evolution.

Ford added a wholesome dose of new technologies to the 2017 F-150’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 powertrain, but the significance of the newfound efficiency depends on who you ask. To the people at the Blue Oval, it’s a mileage enhance worthy of celebration. To would-be buyers, it is a minor perk, but inform me more about the torque.

We’ve already detailed the improvements made to the subsequent-generation three.5-liter Ecoboost. Making 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, the revised mill makes several V8s envious. The added energy comes by way of a dual direct and port fuel-injection program that sends fuel to each the intake port and cylinder, turbochargers with lighter turbine wheels and electrically activated wastegates.

Adding to the efficiency, Ford paired the engine with its new 10-speed automatic transmission, a unit co-created by the automaker and General Motors.

What’s the payoff? A solitary mile per gallon. Ford prices rear-wheel-drive F-150 models equipped with the engine at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, or 21 mpg combined. That’s an enhance of 1 mpg in all three categories.

Four-wheel-drive models return 17 city/23 hwy/20 combined, or an overall achieve of two mpg.

Compared to the base V6 engines of its domestic competition, the rear-drive Ecoboost-powered F-150 matches the highway mileage of the 3.6-liter Ram 1500 (4×2 model), but beats its city mileage by 1 mpg. Ford matches the 4.3-liter Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4×2’s mileage in the city, but beats its highway figure by 1 mpg.

Modest gains if you’re only seeking at displacement, not output. That Ford could wring any mileage improvement out of the engine although delivering a important power enhance is admirable.

Within its own steady, the new powertrain’s combined mileage beats the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter F-150 by 1 mpg, and falls 1 mpg brief of the two.7-liter Ecoboost’s combined figure.

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Ford F-150 Spotted With a three.-liter Turbodiesel Ram EcoDiesel’s Mileage Crown Threatened

2015 Ford F-150

The extended-cab Ford F-150 was somewhat louder than a standard model, but it was the emissions certificate in the rear window that proved the pickup packed some thing unusual beneath the hood.

A partially disguised F-150 recently photographed testing in Michigan wore a code displaying the presence of a 3.-liter turbodiesel engine, and sported a tell-tale diesel exhaust tip. It looks like Ford is critical about besting its pickup competitors in each way.

The pictures, which can be viewed at Off-Road, TTAC’s sister publication, confirm what we were told by sources in 2014 — that Ford will add the 3.-liter “Lion” V6 to the F-150’s engine roster.

Ford developed the engine when it owned Jaguar Land Rover, so it’s essentially asking for its own hardware back.  The mill functions a compacted graphite iron block, twin turbochargers and air-to-air intercooler. Output varies, but the hottest supplying on the east side of the Atlantic makes 271 horsepower and 440 pounds-feet of torque.

In early May possibly, Ford bumped up the torque of the F-150’s 3.five-liter Ecoboost to take away twist bragging rights from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Now, it seems like the Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel’s class-major highway mileage (29 miles per gallon) is in danger.

The Ram’s oil-burner is mated to an eight-speed automatic, but Ford, which lately embraced lightweight aluminum architecture in a large way, has a ten-speed automatic in its inventory. Besting Ram in the fuel-sipping category would add an additional notch to the belt of America’s best-selling full-size pickup.

The automaker hasn’t mentioned something about when it plans to market the diesel, but it could occur by next year.

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‘Actual Mileage May Vary’ Could Travel Far For Troubled Automakers

2015 Ford C-Max Energi

A court ruled Nov. 12 that a lawsuit may possibly continue against Ford for misstating its mileage estimates of its C-MAX and Fusion hyrbid cars.

Ford attempted to dismiss the lawsuit based on its claim that the mileage estimates offered by the Environmental Protection Agency, have been in element, an estimate and that “actual benefits might vary.” Vehicle owners suing the automaker pointed to Ford’s media blitz that incorporated Ryan Seacrest in Instances Square with a bunch of billboards and T-shirts with the quantity 47 on them and “47 Challenges, 47 Days” advertising push and Facebook posts that the cars would achieve a “EPA-certified 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway ratings for a 47-mpg combined rating” — among a lot of other 47-branded issues — when the vehicles didn’t come anywhere close.*

*Actual mileage did differ.

“Ford implicitly recognized that its marketing campaign was misleading,” U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas wrote in the ruling.

In their claims, auto purchasers who purchased Ford Fusion and C-MAX hybrids wrote that the automaker’s aggressive advertising and marketing claim that the cars could obtain 47 mpg combined was intentionally misleading. The reality that they had been selling their vehicles primarily based exclusively on their mileage estimates didn’t support significantly.

“Ford’s advertisements intentionally used these false and misleading statements to demonstrate that the fuel economy of the Vehicles was superior to other hybrid vehicles in the marketplace, such as the Prius and Camry,” lawyers wrote for the automobile owners.

In its motion to dismiss, Ford argued that the EPA estimates have been presented as estimates (OK, maybe the Facebook post is a tiny incriminating) and that actual final results might vary, so what’s the massive deal guys?

“’Your actual mileage will vary’ … is why the fuel economy figures transmitted to consumers are estimates, not guarantees, promises, legally binding offers, or warranties,” lawyers for Ford wrote in their argument.

Judges mostly rejected that claim.

The lawsuit could have attain effectively beyond the C-MAX and Fusion hybrids that most definitely did not obtain their mileage claims. (In 2014, Ford revised its mileage claims for these cars and mailed checks to owners to account for fuel economy discrepancies. Hyundai did the identical thing for their vehicles.)

Regardless of the lawsuit, what automakers can and can not say to sell vehicles is pretty opaque. According to court documents, automakers aren’t explicitly needed to inform vehicle shoppers that their “actual mileage may possibly vary” in particular situations.

The EPA demands that automakers present the agency’s fuel economy estimates on window stickers, with a mandated disclosure that actual outcomes could vary depending on how the vehicle is driven.

But the Federal Trade Commission, which has jurisdiction more than many marketing practices in the U.S., does not demand a disclaimer in advertising (but, of course, outright lying is not a excellent notion), which is what Ford claimed in its motion. By which includes the disclaimer, the automaker should be absolved of any allegations of lying, lawyers for Ford wrote.

The ruling could attain well into Volkswagen’s pockets in their upcoming barrage of civil lawsuits with regards to what constitutes “clean diesel.”

Civil lawsuits against Volkswagen claim, among other items, that Volkswagen’s claim that it was “clean” could massively backfire if courts determine that selling those vehicles based on their environmental influence could constitute a guarantee by the automaker.

In Ford’s case — at least initially — in spite of including a disclaimer in its marketing, the automaker may be liable for a fuel economy guarantee it never ever delivered.

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