Automatic Start-Stop technology will have made its way into every Ford F-150 EcoBoost pickup by 2017, including the high-performance F-150 Raptor, as Ford commits to rolling the fuel-saving feature out to an increasing portion of its passenger vehicles.
The 2.7-liter Ford F-150 EcoBoost already features Auto Start-Stop as standard. For the 2017 model year, it will join the list of standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-150s, as well.
“EcoBoost already powers F-150’s best-in-class towing,” said Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager Doug Scott in a release. “Now, with every EcoBoost-equipped F-150 mildly electrified with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, customers’ fuel efficiency is expected to improve as well.”
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost models will gain a version of the Auto Start-Stop technology tuned especially for the truck, the system remaining inactive while towing, or while the truck is in four-wheel drive mode. If the system is active, the engine is shut-off whenever the truck is slowed to a resting stop, and promptly restarted whenever the driver lets off the brake. This ensures that fuel is not wasted needlessly – for instance, idling at traffic lights – when the truck is not in motion.
The introduction of Auto Star-Stop to the full Ford F-150 EcoBoost lineup should help bolster fuel economy in city driving, and ought only to add to its reputation as an eco-conscious full-size pickup.