The 2017 Ford F-150 upgrade is focused on the seconds generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, you will not be able to tell a 2017 truck from a 2016 counterpart. Exterior and interior appearance, trim levels, and options carry over from the 2016 model year.
The Gen2 3.5L EcoBoost V6 builds on the block of the same displacement with new components and dual (direct and port) fuel injection. The are two injectors per cylinder, new turbochargers, and engine management software to produce 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which Ford co-developed with General Motors. Both companies are very protective of the facts about which components or designs are shared and which are unique to each company. However, Ford specified that transmission control logic, physical case, mounting plate, and more are unique to the F-150.
After about 60 miles on Michigan highways, side streets, and several acceleration and high speed runs at the Michigan Proving Grounds, I went away impressed with smooth and seamless gear shifts. I tried the transmission in regular drive mode, tow/haul mode (when I challenged Kent “Mr.Truck” Sundling to a quick uphill towing test), and sport modes. My first impression of the engine’s power delivery and transmission performance is very positive. The truck feels powerful, there is still engine sound augmentation that makes the twin-turbo V6 sound more deep and throaty. The transmission is happy and quick to change gears. At times, I would not even notice that the truck shifted gears. However, the transmission gear display in the main gauge cluster always displays the gear you are in. I did not notice the transmission “hunting” for gears, but I also did not go up or down any significant grades.