Ford F-150 gains engine start/stop system on EcoBoost models
22 January, 2016, 15:15
Auto Start-Stop for F-150 benefits from Ford's hybrid electric vehicle expertise, helping ensure smooth and refined engine restarts.
Since there are times when a truck driver might not want stop-start to kick in, the system will automatically deactivate when the F-150 is towing, or if it's set to four-wheel-drive mode.
The Auto Start-Stop system is now available on Ford's Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost, Fusion 1.5-liter EcoBoost, Edge 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost, 2017 Escape 1.5-liter Ecoboost, 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost, F-150 2.7-liter Ecoboost, 2017 F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
Ford Motor Co.is planning to put automatic stop-start technology on hundreds of thousands of F-150 pickups, including the high-performance Raptor version, to help drivers get better fuel economy. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, by contrast, do not offer an engine stop-start feature.
Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford. Now, for 2017 models, this will be extended to all other Ecoboost engines such as the 3.5 liter engine lineup.
That means, yes, the 2017 F-150 Raptor - Ford's hotly-anticipated sports truck - will also save a little gas by shutting the engine down when it's not needed.
Stop-start will also be paired with EcoBoost engines on the 2017 Escape crossover, which goes on sale in the spring of 2016.
Ford says that though fuel efficiency will increase with this technology, yet the actual numbers will depend on the exact driving conditions and patterns.
And of course now more than ever with Auto Stop-Start folks will have to make sure they're using Ford's recommended grade of oil and changing it at the proper mileage intervals.
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