Ford is teasing the new 10-speed automatic transmission coming to the 2017 F-150 this fall in EcoBoost top-end models. Why should you care? Because that same transmission is coming to the Mustang in 2018.
The teaser from Ford shows the new instrument cluster for the F-150 that shows a full display of all ten gears on the tachometer.
The all-new Ford-built transmission is the first volume-production 10-speed automatic available to consumers, and the same gearbox arriving in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro this fall as well. The transmission was co-developed between Ford and GM, though each brand will use their own variations.
The 10-speed automatic transmission will deliver 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 span enable lower-numerical rear-axle ratios to help improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds while still maintaining best-in-class towing performance.
Smarter shift logic helps 2017 F-150 customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode. All-new adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring 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.
Weight savings play a key role in improved shifting performance. The 10-speed gearbox – the first from Ford not to employ cast-iron components – uses advanced materials and alloys that result in lighter weight. Additionally, an integrated torque converter/turbine clutch helps shave more than two pounds, while also reducing the packaging footprint.
In the 2017 F-150, the all-new 10-speed is paired only with Ford’s second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford engineers designed the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost to provide best-in-class torque for a V6 engine – one that beats all gasoline- and diesel-powered competitors at more than 450 lb.-ft. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine torque. It is ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
Ford is investing $1.4 billion at its Livonia Transmission Plant to create or retain 500 hourly jobs to build the all-new 10-speed transmission. What engines it will be available with in the 2018 Mustang is not yet known.