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2017 Ford F-150 to get better gas mileage

2017 Ford F-150 to get better gas mileage

You don’t buy a truck if you’re concerned about gas mileage. You buy a truck because you need to get work done. However, if that truck can work while also getting decent gas mileage, all the better. That’s obviously what Ford thinks and why it will be installing Auto Start-Stop into the F-150.

Already present in the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine, the technology will make its way into the 3.5-litre in 2017. Even the Ford F-150 Raptor will benefit from it. This continues Ford’s drive to improve gas mileage that will include around 60% of all F-150 trucks when rolled out.

Start-stop technology uses electronics to stop the engine when idling and then automatically restart it once you release the brake. It is a technology that has been around a while now and is mainly found in higher end sedans.

“EcoBoost already powers F-150’s best-in-class towing,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Now, with every EcoBoost-equipped F-150 mildly electrified with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, customers’ fuel efficiency is expected to improve as well.” (Source)

For the F-150, Ford project around a 7% saving in gas for trucks driven in urban areas. That figure is purely speculative though as it depends entirely on how you drive between stops and how busy the area is that you drive in. However, any potential saving in gas and emissions without impacting performance is a good thing.

Ford is rolling out Auto Start-Stop across the EcoBoost range as we speak. Currently, EcoBoost versions of the Focus, Fusion, Edge and Escape have Auto Start-Stop. The vast majority of Escapes sold are EcoBoost so this technology will sit in a very high percentage of models once released.

The technology, while useful, is limited to benefitting those who drive in mainly urban environments. There is no benefit for driving on the highway or longer distances. It only offers fuel savings when you’re driving in city traffic. Now some would say, why would you drive a truck in the city anyway? But that doesn’t take into account contractors, business owners and other workers who need the size and power of a truck to get the job done.

With that work ethic in mind, the F-150 will get a specially tuned version of Auto Start-Stop. It will be configured to not kick in if hauling in four-wheel drive mode or towing. So if you are loaded up and are driving in 4WD or towing a load, there is no danger of losing control when the engine cuts out. A sensible precaution we think you’ll agree.

Check out the awesome Ford F-150 at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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