Optimized: The 2017 Ford F-150’s 10-Speed Automatic

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When the 2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 launches later this year, buyers will have access to the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission ever offered.

The Ford F-150’s new 10-speed automatic – developed jointly with General Motors – promises to deliver improved acceleration and fuel economy, thanks to the wide span of ratios offered. It features six underdrive speeds, a direct-drive speed, and three overdrive ratios. This means that no matter the scenario, there is always a gear available that’s optimized for the task – whether you’re towing, hauling, or just getting around town. Low-drag design measures and an attention to weight-savings mean that you don’t have to sacrifice much compared to a conventional 8-speed.

Further boosting performance is a smart shift-logic system, which monitors more than a dozen powertrain and driver-input signals at all times, making sure that the 10-speed automatic is always in the right gear. And remember: every EcoBoost-powered Ford F-150 is gaining Auto Start-Stop for the 2017 model year. That should help bolster fuel economy even further, and an integrated pump on the transmission will keep fluid circulating for a seamless restart.

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The Ford F-150’s new 10-speed automatic will be built at the Livonia Transmission Plant in Michigan, bringing an investment of $1.4 billion to the plant, and helping to create or retain some 500 hourly jobs.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. I have a 6 speed auto in 2015 Ford Transit….love the van….but hate all the extra gear changes…even a little incline and with go in and out…..think the air conditioning compressor coming on almost makes it downshift….I can only phatom what a 10 speed tranny would do…..and the stop and start tech..if standard will also be a deal breaker….my sister has a car with that…and hates it…say when at bank or fast food etc..lines of stop and go traffic…consistently on and off…gets very very tiresome……seen were Ford is having to make Ecoboost have indirect injection with all the problems sooted intake valves…..hope they continue the great 5.0 V8….

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