Although the 2016 model year is only just now beginning, that hasn’t kept some of our most popular models from leaking a few teasers for what the future holds. For example, the 2016 Ford F-150 has only just arrived at Harbin Automotive, but we’ve already gotten word that the 2017 Ford F-150 will add auto start-stop technology to all EcoBoost engines. When all the dust settles, this would suggest that as much as 60% of the F-150s sold in America will now have start-stop tech. That represents a lot of fuel savings for American drivers.
Start-Stop Technology added to all 2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engines
First off, a quick refresher on just what Start-Stop tech is. When we come to a stop light, or are simply idling our trucks, it really isn’t necessary for our engine to be running. Of course, it also isn’t likely that you’re going to turn your car off, then turn the key again with the light turns green, right? That’s what auto start-stop tech does for you. The engine shuts off to save fuel when you come to a stop, then restarts immediately when the brake is released. The technology deactivates when it isn’t needed, such as when you are driving your F-150 in tow/haul mode.
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Of course, the main question is, what does auto start-stop tech do for me, John Q. Truckdriver? The simple answer is, turning of your engine during idling situations saves fuel. Badaboom, more money in your pockets.
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Now, the advent of this technology isn’t new for Ford; in fact, we’ve been using it since 2010. But in 2017, for the very first time, we’ll be including this feature on all F-150 models that employ an EcoBoost engine, which accounts for a full 60% of potential F-150 drivers. The engines that will now have this feature will be the 2.7L EcoBoost (note: this engine currently has this feature), and it will be all-new on the 3.5L EcoBoost as well as the twin-turbo EcoBoost employed by the 2017 Raptor. This is big news for F-150 buyers, as terrific fuel savings will now be available across the entire lineup.
We’ll have more details as they emerge, and we expect the 2017 Ford F-150, as well as its Raptor offshoot, to join our lineup at Harbin Automotive in fall of this year. To learn more, visit us in Scottsboro, AL today!