• Jan 22, 2007
Automotive News is reporting that the next-gen Ford F-150 will get a six-speed transmission (Note: '07 model shown). Whether or not it will be standard equipment is unknown at this time, but look for it to be available one way or another. It's worth noting that the new Toyota Tundra has an available six-speed as well, so it seems like a natural choice for Ford to offer one, as well. In addition to simply matching up with Toyota, the additional fuel economy the extra gears offer shouldn't be ignored. Six-speeds are available for the large SUVs from Ford and GM already, so the appearance of one on the next F-150 seems like a completely natural progression to us. Truth is, given that six-speed transmissions are becoming more commonplace in a variety of vehicle types, it probably would have been more of a surprise to hear that Ford wasn't going to offer one.

[Source: Automotive News (sub req'd)]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh yeah. Shoulda been in this model if they wanted to make a statement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if ford seriously cared, it would offer a decent V6. but they dont give a hoot. They just invest in their big 5.4 engine. Thats all. the 4.6 is pathetic and makes 239hp from 4.6 liters!! It could easily make 280 with good torque to boot.
      Then the Taurus 3.8 derived 4.2. What a terrible engine. Harsh when you push it and absolutely gutless. But they dont care. They simply say there is no demand for these two engines and all they do is constantly work on the 5.4
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...."the 4.6 is pathetic and makes 239hp from 4.6 liters!! It could easily make 280 with good torque to boot."

      The 4.6L 3V makes 292hp....I have one in my Mountaineer and I get 19-21mpg on the highway. Not too bad for a heavy AWD SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Six Speed - Good.

      Now they really need a small V8 or V6 Diesel to go with it - then they would have something!!!!!!

      Make it a Diesel hybrid drive would be even better. Offer contractors to use the diesel hybrid combo as a field generator.

      Offer all the rest of your customers an "Emergency Generator" for when the power goes out.

      Lastly, lets be a bit more aggressive with the styling for the next generation F150.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A hybrid adds weight to the vehicle. Anyone using the truck to haul a payload would be handicapped. GM's hybrid only assisted the gas engine and provided electrical outlets for contractors. Not many of them are being sold.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They had to make sure it could handle the HP and torque of the current engines as well as the upcoming powertrain combo's.

      They could put a 6sp in the '07's (from Explorer/Exped)but you don't just throw a new slushbox in your highest volume vehicle and hope that it works and is reliable.

      The tranny would probably see more strenuous use in a F-150 than the SUV's. So, taking their time and doing plenty of testing is well worth the wait for Ford. The next-gen F-150 is just next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Yeah Jimborino, Toyota will be playing second fiddle to GM in the "true hybrid" truck segment too unless the just released Tundra is hiding something. Dual mode GMT900's are just around the bend. Will you be checking them out? Or waiting to see if Toyota ever gets one?"

      FAR, i am in my mid 20s. I was in High School and read in my Chem book that GM will soon introduce a hydrogen car.

      I am in my 20's now, so think how much time has passed.
      Yeah, GM always talks the talk, but Toyota already has Hybrids on the market, had them for years, GM has been taking for years. Untill that dual mode hybrid is in the dealership i will not believe in it. #2 As i wrote before Toyota has had a Hybrid on the market since 1997, do you really think that they did nothing all this time? If GM will comeout with a hybrid pick up, Toyota will follow immediatly as well, as will Honda.

      Only 2 months ago everyone in here was saying that once Ford will bring its diesel sedans to USA Ford will cut the MPG gap with Japanese. Last month Ford said that they WILL NOT bring diesels to USA and the only diesel in Fords will be in pick ups.

      GM, Ford and DCX are always talking about how they are bringing or making very fuel efficient cars and trucks. But to date they did ZILCH....while countinuing to talk. Again, Toyota already has experience with large cars and Hybrids (4Runner, Lexus 430H) GM doesn't. So untill GM will bring that dual mode to your local dealer and it is proven to work without any problems do not use words GM and Hybrids in same sentence.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The F-150 is going to be getting a 4.4L variant of the Land Rover 3.6L Turbo Diesel V8. In the Rovers, it's good for 270hp and 472 lb/ft. A little math and that equates to 330hp and 578 lb/ft *possible* for the 4.4L - obviously that is a guesstimate.

      If the 6-speed in the F-150 is anything like the ZF that the Rover's have, it will make a great combo.

      I'm finally somewhat interested in a domestic truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ohhhhhhhh wow, this will save Ford from going bust for sure..............wouldn't it make sence to make a hybrid Pick Up...........all the HP, torque, utility plus mid 20's MPG..........this will put Ford way ahead of GM, DCX and Toyota
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh good, now they'll get 16 mpg instead of 14!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re: jimborino

      I think GM tried a hybrid pickup. It didn't get much in terms of mileage improvement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cars? Only a tech nerd, that's who.

      A Silvarado still gets better mileage with a four speed. Clearly the number of gears isn't the main factor in determining mileage.

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