UPDATED: Ford Not Delaying Delivery of 2017 F-150 and Raptor to Test Ten-Speed Trans
2017 Pickups Will Still Hit Dealers Before Year’s End
UPDATE:One Ford Motor Company representative reached out and subtly reminded us that there are 2017 F-150s with 10-speed automatic transmissions currently for sale on dealer lots. The Automotive News article cited below has been updated with more correct information, stating that the issue holding the trucks up has since been resolved.
Ford is apparently hanging on to its newest crop of pickups for last-minute testing, if company executive Joe Heinrichs is to be believed. The head of Ford’s American operations said the company would delay delivery of certain 2017 F-150 configurations (and all F-150 Raptor off-roaders) to perform final testing on those trucks’ 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Reasoning behind the slight delay wasn’t given, although it’s not difficult to understand the automaker’s hesitation in releasing the transmission. The truck market is notoriously difficult to please, and if the new 10-speed (which was jointly developed with General Motors) is in any way unsatisfactory, the company could risk alienating the customer base of America’s bestselling vehicle. However, Heinrichs told Automotive News Ford would still deliver on its promise of having the F-150 and F-150 Raptor in dealer lots by the end of the year.
We drove a 2017 F-150 equipped with the second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission a few weeks ago and found it to be a very capable, smooth machine. The transmission, which can downshift several gears at a time, was responsive, and the transmission didn’t exhibit any untoward gearhunting or shift harshness. Even so, it can only be a good thing if Ford is doing additional testing on its new powertrain, and we hope potential customers like it as much as we did.
Source: Automotive News