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    2017 Ford F-150 to Get 10-Speed Automatic, Second-Generation 3.5L EcoBoost


    • What you need to know about the new 3.5L EcoBoost and Ten-Speed Automatic for the 2017 F-150


    2017 will be an important year for the Ford F-150 as the blue oval will be introducing the second-generation of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and a ten-speed automatic transmission.

     

    The second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost is completely all-new with the block, heads, turbochargers, and other components changed. A key item Ford points out with the 3.5 engine is that it features direct injection and port fuel injection - basically two injectors for each cylinder. In low-load situations, the engine uses only the port fuel injection as it is said to be more efficient. During heavy-load situations, both injection systems are used to provide maximum power.

     

    Horsepower still stands at 365. Torque has increased from 420 to 450 pound-feet, making the 3.5L the one of the torquiest engines in a full-size, light-duty truck (GM's 6.2L V8 with 460 pound-feet rules the roost here). There is also a more potent version that will go into the Raptor with 450 horsepower.

     

    The engine will be paired up with a new ten-speed automatic that is the result of a partnership with Ford and General Motors. The automatic is said to improve overall efficiency with eighth, ninth, and tenth gear all being overdrive and a reduction in friction.

     

    Ford didn't talk about how much of an improvement the ten-speed would bring in terms of fuel economy numbers, so we'll be waiting for the official EPA numbers. The new 3.5L EcoBoost and ten-speed automatic will arrive later this fall.

     

    Source: Ford

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    MORE TORQUE AND BETTER BOOST: 2017 FORD F-150 TO DEBUT WITH ALL-NEW 3.5-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE AND 10-SPEED TRANSMISSION

    • Continuously improving for customers, 2017 Ford F-150 doubles down on efficiency, capability and performance with debut of the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and all-new Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission
    • New 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine provides 30 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation EcoBoost engine, up to a best-in-class 450 lb.-ft. for a V6, beating gasoline- and diesel-powered competitors
    • The first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker will deliver improved acceleration and performance


    DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, continues its relentless pace of innovation, delivering more torque and better acceleration to 2017 F-150 customers with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and 10-speed transmission.

     


    The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 30 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, up to a best-in-class 450 lb.-ft. for a V6. F-150 remains the only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine.

     

    The all-new Ford-built transmission – the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker – will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions.

     

    “The Ford truck team lives to serve our hardworking truck customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “The powertrain is the heart of every F-150, and together our all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed transmission will give our customers better power, efficiency and confidence.”

     

    More than 20 patents are approved or pending for the innovative powertrain combination.

     

    Second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine
    The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. Nearly 1 million F-150 EcoBoost engines have been sold to date, with the 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter accounting for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales.

     

    Ford engineers designed the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine to provide best-in-class torque for a V6 engine, beating gasoline- and diesel-powered competitors. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

     

    The engine features an all-new, Ford-first dual-direct and port fuel-injection system. Two injectors per cylinder – one mounted in the intake port where air enters the cylinder and one positioned inside the cylinder – work together to improve power output, efficiency, and emissions.

     

    All-new turbochargers deliver more boost thanks to improved twin turbos and a lighter turbine wheel. The new turbos work seamlessly with Ford-first electrically activated wastegates, enhancing operating efficiency. Light-weighting the turbine wheel – by making it out of high-temperature super alloy Mar-M-247 developed by the aerospace industry – improves responsiveness.

     

    Ford’s commitment to continuous light-weighting to improve performance also is evident in the hollow camshafts in the all-new roller-finger follower valvetrain that help save up to 4 pounds of weight. The valvetrain also features more durable intake and exhaust valves, and hydraulic valve-lash adjusters that optimize engine durability over the life of the truck.

     

    The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine provides Auto Start-Stop as a standard feature, helping customers save fuel, though actual fuel savings vary depending on driving patterns. The technology also contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions due to decreased idle times. Auto Start-Stop is specially tuned for truck customers, shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel drive mode.

     

    All-new 10-speed transmission
    The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for the 2017 F-150.

     

    The transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions, thanks to optimized wide-span gear spacing, coupled with drag-reduction actions. Three overdrive gears and a wider ratio span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds, while maintaining best-in-class towing.

     

    Weight savings play a key role in improved shifting performance. The 10-speed transmission uses advanced materials and alloys to save weight, and it is the first Ford gearbox that does not use cast-iron components.

     

    An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch also helps shave more than 2 pounds of weight, while also reducing the packaging footprint.

     

    Smarter shift logic helps 2017 F-150 customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode. All-new real-time-adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain- and driver-control signals to ensure the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode.

     

    An integrated electric pump works with the standard Auto Start-Stop system for seamless restarts and improved driving efficiency.

     

    Manufacturing investment
    Ford announced earlier this year that it will invest $145 million to upgrade its Cleveland Engine Plant – creating or retaining 150 jobs to support production of the all-new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for the 2017 Ford F-150 lineup.

     

    An additional $1.4 billion is being invested at Ford’s Livonia Transmission Plant to create or retain 500 hourly jobs to build the 10-speed transmission.

     

    Both investments are part of the company’s commitment to invest $9 billion and create or retain 8,500 hourly jobs in its U.S. facilities during the next four years. In the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created nearly 28,000 total U.S. jobs.

     

    The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.

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    The torque increase is great and more important than a HP increase. But even a small HP bump would have been nice.

     

    I do like the dual FI set up. A) its said to be more efficient at certain RPM loads. B) it will also help alleviate carbon build up that is known to accumulate on DI engines.

     

    I wonder when the exactly this 2017 with its new gen 3.5L EB and class leading 10spd will be available?

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    The first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker will deliver improved acceleration and performance


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    ^ Is it beating the ZL1 to the dealerships? I honestly do not know but I know they said it would be available a month or so ago.. 

     

    I am a little disappointed w/ no hp bump but that's for no good reason as this is a truck and it's getting a 30tq increase. That's the most important part. I also hope that they chiseled out some of the ecoboost fuel economy situations. 

     

    It is good to hear that they are mixing direct and port injection, for the same reason named above, coked up valves. 

     

    I would eventually like to know where the efficiency gains will come from, 10spd vs 2nd gen 3.5EB. I'm curious how much efficiency will be had from the new more efficient with more ratios transmission and how much will be gained from the engine itself. Nice to see them both be put together at the same time. I would think this would yield pretty good overall gains being put together at the same time. 

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    "Torque has increased from 420 to 450 pound-feet, making the 3.5L the torquiest engine available in a full-size, light-duty truck."

     

    The GM 6.2L V8 makes 460 lb-ft of torque and is primarily available on the GM light duty 1500 trucks. Is there some asterisk to that claim that I'm not aware of?

     

    It's interesting Ford chose to go with a split port/direct injection system. I would have expected the added complexity and parts would outweigh the benefits, but they must have found something significantly advantageous in testing. I tend to like the idea of having port fuel injection even if merely for the fact that it cleans carbon deposits in the ports that DI engines have left untouched in a way that becomes additional maintenance long term.

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    "Torque has increased from 420 to 450 pound-feet, making the 3.5L the torquiest engine available in a full-size, light-duty truck."

     

    The GM 6.2L V8 makes 460 lb-ft of torque and is primarily available on the GM light duty 1500 trucks. Is there some asterisk to that claim that I'm not aware of?

     

    It's interesting Ford chose to go with a split port/direct injection system. I would have expected the added complexity and parts would outweigh the benefits, but they must have found something significantly advantageous in testing. I tend to like the idea of having port fuel injection even if merely for the fact that it cleans carbon deposits in the ports that DI engines have left untouched in a way that becomes additional maintenance long term.

     

     

    Maybe its meant as not " peak torque ", but as in torquiest power spread. There the EB's ( 2.7 and 3.5 ) have shown to not be as peaky as the EcoTec3's

     

    One must remember that the 6.2L is only available on some trims too.

     

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    * best-in-class 450 lb.-ft. for a V6. *

     

    I was reading the PR and can't find where it states " torquest engine in a full sized light duty truck

     

     

    https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/05/03/2017-ford-f150-more-torque-better-boost.html

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    Yeah I just saw that too. I didn't see the press release was on page 2. I guess they're taking a jab at the EcoDiesel V6.

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    "Torque has increased from 420 to 450 pound-feet, making the 3.5L the torquiest engine available in a full-size, light-duty truck."

     

    The GM 6.2L V8 makes 460 lb-ft of torque and is primarily available on the GM light duty 1500 trucks. Is there some asterisk to that claim that I'm not aware of?

     

    It's interesting Ford chose to go with a split port/direct injection system. I would have expected the added complexity and parts would outweigh the benefits, but they must have found something significantly advantageous in testing. I tend to like the idea of having port fuel injection even if merely for the fact that it cleans carbon deposits in the ports that DI engines have left untouched in a way that becomes additional maintenance long term.

    Good point. I made a slight correction and added GM's 6.2 to the story.

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    On no. please no more back and forth bickering....f***** dammit buy an American truck, any of them and be pleased how they dispatch anything foreign.

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    The dual-mode FI system sounds like it'll be an advantage.

     

    I doubt the 10-spd is likely to EVER see 9th & 10th gear usage. My brother has a 6-spd (5th & 6th overdrive) and it almost never shifts to 6th. You have to be coasting on dead-level highway with a slight tailwind to get it in 6th. I'd like to take a spin in one of these 10-spd F-150s tho.

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    The first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker will deliver improved acceleration and performance

    And will be available around the same time as the ZL1.

    Just to clarify.

    Still great news for Ford. The ten speed will be a hit for both Ford and GM.

    Yeah I just saw that too. I didn't see the press release was on page 2. I guess they're taking a jab at the EcoDiesel V6.

    Or it's just clever marketing since they don't have a mainstream V8 to compare to the 6.2L. Edited by surreal1272
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    The duel fuel injection system is what Toyota has been doing for a few years in their V6es... seems to work pretty well for them.

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

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    More interested to see how the 10 speed will do.....

     

     

    Makes me wonder since FCA is screwing up the 9 speeds pretty well right now...

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

     

     

    The current 5.3 is also only paired with a 6-speed at the moment in most applications.  So that is another factor.

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

     

     

    The current 5.3 is also only paired with a 6-speed at the moment in most applications.  So that is another factor.

     

    True, as is the current 3.5. I'm actually a HUGE fan of the 5.3. I actually think if I got to pick any truck engine to use daily(with money being a factor) it would be the 5.3 over either ecoboost and obviously the 6.2 will be a gas hog.. V8 burble still and good fuel economy, respectable hp/tq. I just like the combination a lot. If Ford would use some of the tech in their 5.0 they'd be onto something a little more. 

     

    I'm just very eager to read about a lot of the new product coming out; CT6, XT5, 10spd, Raptors, ZL1s, Mach1??? 

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

     

     

    The current 5.3 is also only paired with a 6-speed at the moment in most applications.  So that is another factor.

     

    True, as is the current 3.5. I'm actually a HUGE fan of the 5.3. I actually think if I got to pick any truck engine to use daily(with money being a factor) it would be the 5.3 over either ecoboost and obviously the 6.2 will be a gas hog.. V8 burble still and good fuel economy, respectable hp/tq. I just like the combination a lot. If Ford would use some of the tech in their 5.0 they'd be onto something a little more. 

     

    I'm just very eager to read about a lot of the new product coming out; CT6, XT5, 10spd, Raptors, ZL1s, Mach1??? 

     

     

    I'm just talking about the eventual comparisons of the new 3.5 + 10speed to the 5.3 + 6speed. 

     

    My own concern would be the Ecoboost's tendency to not meet EPA MPG specs in the real world where I can usually beat it with the 5.3. Just my own experience.

     

    The 6.2+8speed is just about the same mpgs as the current 3.5EB. So not that much of a hog.

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

     

     

    The current 5.3 is also only paired with a 6-speed at the moment in most applications.  So that is another factor.

     

    True, as is the current 3.5. I'm actually a HUGE fan of the 5.3. I actually think if I got to pick any truck engine to use daily(with money being a factor) it would be the 5.3 over either ecoboost and obviously the 6.2 will be a gas hog.. V8 burble still and good fuel economy, respectable hp/tq. I just like the combination a lot. If Ford would use some of the tech in their 5.0 they'd be onto something a little more. 

     

    I'm just very eager to read about a lot of the new product coming out; CT6, XT5, 10spd, Raptors, ZL1s, Mach1??? 

     

     

    I'm just talking about the eventual comparisons of the new 3.5 + 10speed to the 5.3 + 6speed. 

     

    My own concern would be the Ecoboost's tendency to not meet EPA MPG specs in the real world where I can usually beat it with the 5.3. Just my own experience.

     

    The 6.2+8speed is just about the same mpgs as the current 3.5EB. So not that much of a hog.

     

    That was one thing I "addressed" as well in an earlier post. I hope this new motor addresses that issue as well. 

     

    I would think the 5.3 would get the 8spd across the board for 2017 as it has been slowly moving through the lineup. You can get it now can't you? Only in like High Country or whatever trim though, right? 

     

    Well I was factoring in purchase cost and fuel cost and at 1-2 mpg across the board or for the life of the truck that adds up when fuel eventually goes above $3/gallon again. 

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    But will it really be as fuel efficient as a natural V8? So far the forums do not show this for the turbo motors.

    The current 3.5 is more efficient than THEIR n/a v8. The GM 5.3 is a great motor that blends power and efficiency very well. No clue if this will be more efficient or not but even if it's equal the output difference is very significant.

     

     

    The current 5.3 is also only paired with a 6-speed at the moment in most applications.  So that is another factor.

     

    True, as is the current 3.5. I'm actually a HUGE fan of the 5.3. I actually think if I got to pick any truck engine to use daily(with money being a factor) it would be the 5.3 over either ecoboost and obviously the 6.2 will be a gas hog.. V8 burble still and good fuel economy, respectable hp/tq. I just like the combination a lot. If Ford would use some of the tech in their 5.0 they'd be onto something a little more. 

     

    I'm just very eager to read about a lot of the new product coming out; CT6, XT5, 10spd, Raptors, ZL1s, Mach1??? 

     

     

    I'm just talking about the eventual comparisons of the new 3.5 + 10speed to the 5.3 + 6speed. 

     

    My own concern would be the Ecoboost's tendency to not meet EPA MPG specs in the real world where I can usually beat it with the 5.3. Just my own experience.

     

    The 6.2+8speed is just about the same mpgs as the current 3.5EB. So not that much of a hog.

     

     

     

    Most comparisons of the 5.3L are against the 2.7L, not the 3.5L, where its been proven the 2.7L not only out performs at the pump, but is also notably quicker loaded and unloaded.

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    Most comparisons of the 5.3L are against the 2.7L, not the 3.5L, where its been proven the 2.7L not only out performs at the pump, but is also notably quicker loaded and unloaded.

     

    I agree the 2.7 is the natural competition to the 5.3, but I disagree about the "proven" fuel economy.  The EPA numbers may look good, but that's not what most people consider "proven" in the real world. In fact, the exact opposite seems to be true

     

    18.9 mpg Average?  Just about any Chevy pickup with the 5.3 can do that without a sweat.

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    Most comparisons of the 5.3L are against the 2.7L, not the 3.5L, where its been proven the 2.7L not only out performs at the pump, but is also notably quicker loaded and unloaded.

     

    I agree the 2.7 is the natural competition to the 5.3, but I disagree about the "proven" fuel economy.  The EPA numbers may look good, but that's not what most people consider "proven" in the real world. In fact, the exact opposite seems to be true

     

    18.9 mpg Average?  Just about any Chevy pickup with the 5.3 can do that without a sweat.

     

     

     

    The EPA rates the four-wheel-drive 2015 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 at 18/23 mpg, and when we put it through our Real MPG testing, we saw 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. We also did a far less scientific test while the trucks were loaded down with the mats and divided the miles driven by the gallons pumped. In that test, we got 16.8 mpg.

    Then there’s Chevy’s solution. Recognizing that many truck buyers prefer V-8s regardless of power ratings, Chevy went through its 5.3-liter truck engine with a fine-toothed comb looking for efficiencies. Its piece-de-resistance is a cylinder deactivation system that turns it into a 2.7-liter V-4 under light loads. It’s a neat trick, but not as effective as Ford’s solution. The Chevy is EPA-rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. In our Real MPG testing, it returned a disappointing 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. In our payload fuel economy test, though, it came within striking distance of the Ford at 16.4 mpg observed

     

    REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB Chevy 13/19/15 mpg  Ford 17/22/19 mpg

     

     

    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON Chevy 16/22/18 mpg  Ford 18/23/20 mpg

     

    Real MPG is what M/T recorded ( unloaded ), the Ford avg 4 mpg better and was much closer to its EPA ratings than the Chevy

     

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/comparison-2015-ford-f-150-vs-ram-1500-chevrolet-silverado/

    Edited by FordCosworth
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    I prefer the longer term tests... and my own experiences with both (as a conservative driver) show opposite results.  I can get 21 - 22 out of heavier Suburban 5.3 on the highway... and do that regularly.

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    I prefer the longer term tests... and my own experiences with both (as a conservative driver) show opposite results.  I can get 21 - 22 out of heavier Suburban 5.3 on the highway... and do that regularly.

     

     

    And I prefer actual head to head comparisons that what " one claims ". 

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    I prefer the longer term tests... and my own experiences with both (as a conservative driver) show opposite results.  I can get 21 - 22 out of heavier Suburban 5.3 on the highway... and do that regularly.

     

     

    And I prefer actual head to head comparisons that what " one claims ". 

     

     

    Edmunds and Wards and Car and Driver and many posters on Ford150 got the same results, and I quote "Where's the Eco in Ecoboost?"

     

    In fact all of my ecoboost drives have returned disappointing MPGs with the exception of the Fusion 2.0T. 

     

    You and MT are the outier.

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    More interested to see how the 10 speed will do.....

     

     

    Makes me wonder since FCA is screwing up the 9 speeds pretty well right now...

    The nine-speed is much better. I just drove the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade and the nine-speed didn't have any of the issues from previous FCA models.

    Now the 2.4 on the other hand...

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      Let us begin with the engine as this is one of the best points of the Forester. The XT gets a turbocharged 2.0L boxer-four producing 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT and all-wheel drive. The turbo engine solves some of the issues we had in the previous Forester. The 2.5i wasn’t as responsive as we would have liked and it takes its sweet time to get up to higher speeds. With the turbo engine, the Forester leaps into action. Yes, it does a take a moment for the turbo to spool up. But once it does, the engine delivers power at a steady and smooth rate.  Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is one of the better CVTs on the market. Part of this comes from the simulated gear changes Subaru has programmed for the CVT. This will fool most people into thinking that the transmission is a standard automatic. Also, the CVT doesn’t have much of a groan when you decide to floor the accelerator. The downside to the turbo engine is fuel economy. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2.0XT stand at 23 City/27 Highway/25 Combined. Our average for the week was 24.7 MPG. If you’re expecting Subaru to make some changes to the suspension and/or steering for the Forester 2.0XT, then you’ll be very disappointed. The 2.0XT is the same as the 2.5i we drove earlier. That means a smooth ride over some of the worst roads Michigan has on offer, but a fair amount of body roll when going around a corner.  Changes for the 2017 Forester’s exterior include a new grille design, LED accent lights for the head and taillights; and a new set of wheels. The XT also gets a more aggressive front bumper. While the Forester is still a box, at least the changes have made it a bit more stylish. The interior remains mostly unchanged when compared to the 2016 model. The only change we noted is the option of brown leather for the XT Touring that is used for the seats and various parts of the dash and doors. It is a nice touch, but it would have been nice if Subaru had gone a bit further with the luxury touches - especially considering the price of our tester. Subaru has upgraded their EyeSight system for 2017 by installing a new set of color stereo cameras. Subaru says the new cameras allow better detection of various objects and a wider range of monitoring. We believe it as the updated system was able to detect vehicles slightly faster than the previous system when using the adaptive cruise control system. There is one big issue for the 2017 Forester 2.0XT Touring, price. The base price is $34,295. Equipped with an option package that brings a larger screen for the Starlink infotainment system, EyeSight, and reverse automatic braking, the as-tested price comes to $36,765. Taking into consideration for what you get for the price, the Forester 2.0XT Touring isn’t worth it considering you can get into some luxury crossovers for around the same price. You can get the Forester 2.0XT in the Premium trim which kicks off at $29,295, but you cannot get EyeSight as an option. If you really want a Forester with a turbo engine, wait for 2.0XT Touring to hit the used car lot as it will become a slightly better value. Otherwise, skip the 2.0XT and go with the Forester 2.5i or another crossover. Disclaimer: Subaru Provided the Forester 2.0XT Touring, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Subaru
      Model: Forester
      Trim: 2.0XT Touring
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC GDI Boxer-Four
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 250 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 2,000 - 4,800
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 23/27/25
      Curb Weight: 3,686 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: OTA, Gunma, Japan
      Base Price: $34,295
      As Tested Price: $36,765 (Includes $875.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Option Package 34 - $1,595.00

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    • By William Maley
      They say timing is everything. As I mentioned in our quick drive piece of 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium, the automaker announced a refreshed version for 2017. Changes included a revised exterior, improved interior materials, and a revised EyeSight active safety system. Once we heard about the refresh, we knew we need to get one in for review. That’s what happened this past fall as a 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring arrived at the Cheers & Gears Detroit garage. The XT is the important bit as it means we have the turbo engine.
      Let us begin with the engine as this is one of the best points of the Forester. The XT gets a turbocharged 2.0L boxer-four producing 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT and all-wheel drive. The turbo engine solves some of the issues we had in the previous Forester. The 2.5i wasn’t as responsive as we would have liked and it takes its sweet time to get up to higher speeds. With the turbo engine, the Forester leaps into action. Yes, it does a take a moment for the turbo to spool up. But once it does, the engine delivers power at a steady and smooth rate.  Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is one of the better CVTs on the market. Part of this comes from the simulated gear changes Subaru has programmed for the CVT. This will fool most people into thinking that the transmission is a standard automatic. Also, the CVT doesn’t have much of a groan when you decide to floor the accelerator. The downside to the turbo engine is fuel economy. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2.0XT stand at 23 City/27 Highway/25 Combined. Our average for the week was 24.7 MPG. If you’re expecting Subaru to make some changes to the suspension and/or steering for the Forester 2.0XT, then you’ll be very disappointed. The 2.0XT is the same as the 2.5i we drove earlier. That means a smooth ride over some of the worst roads Michigan has on offer, but a fair amount of body roll when going around a corner.  Changes for the 2017 Forester’s exterior include a new grille design, LED accent lights for the head and taillights; and a new set of wheels. The XT also gets a more aggressive front bumper. While the Forester is still a box, at least the changes have made it a bit more stylish. The interior remains mostly unchanged when compared to the 2016 model. The only change we noted is the option of brown leather for the XT Touring that is used for the seats and various parts of the dash and doors. It is a nice touch, but it would have been nice if Subaru had gone a bit further with the luxury touches - especially considering the price of our tester. Subaru has upgraded their EyeSight system for 2017 by installing a new set of color stereo cameras. Subaru says the new cameras allow better detection of various objects and a wider range of monitoring. We believe it as the updated system was able to detect vehicles slightly faster than the previous system when using the adaptive cruise control system. There is one big issue for the 2017 Forester 2.0XT Touring, price. The base price is $34,295. Equipped with an option package that brings a larger screen for the Starlink infotainment system, EyeSight, and reverse automatic braking, the as-tested price comes to $36,765. Taking into consideration for what you get for the price, the Forester 2.0XT Touring isn’t worth it considering you can get into some luxury crossovers for around the same price. You can get the Forester 2.0XT in the Premium trim which kicks off at $29,295, but you cannot get EyeSight as an option. If you really want a Forester with a turbo engine, wait for 2.0XT Touring to hit the used car lot as it will become a slightly better value. Otherwise, skip the 2.0XT and go with the Forester 2.5i or another crossover. Disclaimer: Subaru Provided the Forester 2.0XT Touring, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Subaru
      Model: Forester
      Trim: 2.0XT Touring
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC GDI Boxer-Four
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 250 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 258 @ 2,000 - 4,800
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 23/27/25
      Curb Weight: 3,686 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: OTA, Gunma, Japan
      Base Price: $34,295
      As Tested Price: $36,765 (Includes $875.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Option Package 34 - $1,595.00
    • By William Maley
      BMW has been in a holding pattern in terms of producing diesel vehicles for the U.S. as they were awaiting approval from the EPA retesting diesel vehicles. Soon, 2017 model year diesel vehicles will be rolling off BMW's assembly lines and heading off to the U.S.
      "Diesel models will be going into production shortly at our manufacturing plants," said Rebecca K. Kiehne, product & technology spokesperson at BMW of North America to Green Car Reports.
      As we reported back in October, the EPA was holding back the certifications on a number of diesel vehicles as they subjecting them to new tests to uncover possible cheating - thanks Volkswagen. In our report, BMW said they would not start production of the 3-Series and X3 diesel models until the end of the year. Production of the X5 diesel would begin in January. 
      The production restart of BMW's diesels comes at an interesting time. The EPA is currently investigating the 3.0L EcoDiesel used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 for possible violations of the clean air act. Over at Volkswagen, the board has given the ok for the $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over the diesel emission scandal. 
      Source: Green Car Reports

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    • By William Maley
      BMW has been in a holding pattern in terms of producing diesel vehicles for the U.S. as they were awaiting approval from the EPA retesting diesel vehicles. Soon, 2017 model year diesel vehicles will be rolling off BMW's assembly lines and heading off to the U.S.
      "Diesel models will be going into production shortly at our manufacturing plants," said Rebecca K. Kiehne, product & technology spokesperson at BMW of North America to Green Car Reports.
      As we reported back in October, the EPA was holding back the certifications on a number of diesel vehicles as they subjecting them to new tests to uncover possible cheating - thanks Volkswagen. In our report, BMW said they would not start production of the 3-Series and X3 diesel models until the end of the year. Production of the X5 diesel would begin in January. 
      The production restart of BMW's diesels comes at an interesting time. The EPA is currently investigating the 3.0L EcoDiesel used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 for possible violations of the clean air act. Over at Volkswagen, the board has given the ok for the $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over the diesel emission scandal. 
      Source: Green Car Reports
    • By William Maley
      Ford has revealed the updated 2018 Mustang which appears to amp up the competition between it and the Chevrolet Camaro.
      The exterior comes with a new front fascia with a larger grille, reshaped headlights, and lowered hoodline. Around back are a revised design for the taillights and quad-exhausts for the GT. The interior boasts higher quality materials and the option of a 12.3-inch digital cluster that can be customized to provide performance data.
      The big changes though lie under the skin. For starters, the base 3.7L V6 has been dropped. The 2.3L EcoBoost will now take its place as the base engine. Ford says the 2.3 will see a bump in torque, though the blue oval isn't saying how much. The 5.0L V8 gets a higher compression ratio and port fuel injection to join alongside the direct injection. Again, Ford is keeping quiet on power figures. Both engines can be equipped with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission that was jointly developed with GM. V8 models equipped with the six-speed manual get a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel that is said to provide smoother gear changes.
      Ford has also messed around with the Mustang's chassis. The suspension boasts revised shocks and stabilizer bars; stiffer setup for the rear, and new sway bars. Opt for the Performance Package and you'll get the option of MagneRide.
      Ford says the 2018 Mustang will arrive at dealers this fall. Expect to hear pricing before then.
      Source: Ford 
      Press Release is on Page 2


      NEW FORD MUSTANG OFFERS SLEEKER DESIGN, MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
      Sleeker design: New Mustang features a more athletic look, with new front and rear-end design that deliver a leaner and meaner look and refined aerodynamics More advanced technology: New Mustang technologies include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that you can customize your way, MyMode with memory function that remembers your driving preferences for the next time you drive, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel Improved Performance: Powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission give Mustang even more performance, while available MagneRide™ suspension offers optimum handling; optional active valve exhaust affords complete auditory control – let the engine roar, or not LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2017 – Today, Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the world’s best-selling sports coupe and the company’s most advanced Mustang ever.
      A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide™ suspension technology. Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster.
      “The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.”
      Ford tapped Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world by giving one of the first models available to a deserving member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million ‘likes.’
      Technology for greater personalization
      Mustang makes available Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. This all-new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences.
      The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range.
      For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System.
      Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass® app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car for ultimate convenience.
      Ultimate performance
      Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling.
      MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations.
      The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6. Using Ford’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang, torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration. 
      Ford’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency.
      The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.
      A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. 
      Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control.  
      Energy in the design
      Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. For the first time the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps.
      The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. Dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust.
      With a dozen available alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior color choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury – enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after.
      Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional.
      Ford’s most advanced Mustang ever goes on sale in North America this fall.

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