2017 Ford F-150 in Metro Detroit

 

When designers and engineers have come up with a vehicle that's as revolutionary and successful as the latest generation of the F-150 turned out to be, there must be a temptation to sit back and bask in the glory for a while. Well, if they did decide to do that after the thirteenth-generation of the full-size pickup was launched as a 2015 model year a couple of years ago, they didn't sit around for long. As well as the 2017 Ford F-150 getting a new-generation of the Raptor added to its lineup, there's also a new, second-generation of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine for 2017 as well.

In some ways, a vehicle with an open back should be a somewhat simpler affair than a sedan, crossover or SUV with all the different considerations for passengers and their cargo. However, a pickup like the 2017 Ford F-150 can be a simple or as complicated as you want as there's an almost endless amount of configurations and options to aid and abet getting exactly the right vehicle for your demands and needs. To put things into perspective here, the current F-150 is now available in seven different trims, with four available engines, two transmissions, three bed lengths, three cab configurations, and two drivetrain options.

The 2017 Ford F-150 trims start off with the workmanlike XL model, and the range then progresses upwards through XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models before the range climaxes with the luxurious Limited trim and the hardcore, off-road focused Raptor.

Of course, there can be all the trims, beds, cabs available you like, but any truck line has to have the right engines to deal with the job at hand first. There are no problems in that direction with the 2017 Ford F-150 as there are four different units that pretty much cover all the light-duty bases for a full-size pickup.

The first engine in the family is a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that develops a healthy 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. Next up is another V-6, but this time it's a turbocharged EcoBoost unit that produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. It's still hard to imagine a full-size truck lineup without a V-8 in its ranks, and the F-150 doesn't let us down with its familiar 5.0-liter unit that offers 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. Last but by no means least, is the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, and this stunning engine puts 375 horsepower and a very impressive 470 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal.

Although that covers the four available engines, it doesn't address the "elephant in the room," which is the "High Output" version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost that's going to be featuring in the Raptor. At the time of writing, Ford is still playing its cards pretty close to its chest with this one as far as power ratings are concerned. It's expected that it will deliver somewhere in the region of 400 horsepower and 500lb.-ft. of torque, but don't be surprised to see even bigger numbers when the power is finally officially confirmed.

An electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul and Sport modes is standard with all trims other than the Raptor and Limited models, although the ten-speed auto that's standard on those two is also available with certain other versions of the F-150.

The message here is really pretty simple; whatever you need from a full-size light duty pickup truck, there's a version in the 2017 Ford F-150 lineup that's just right for the job.

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