The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2017 F-150 does not fail to impress
Ford announced in November last year it will accelerate its electrified vehicle plan in the Middle East by launching our new hybrid vehicles over the next four years.
The Ford F-150 Hybrid is the first car confirmed for launch in the Middle East, further proving the bestselling model’s popularity in the region.
While we did not get our hands on the hybrid model yet, we decided to try the petrol-powered 2017 F-150, allegedly the toughest, smartest and most capable since its predecessors. It boasts a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and an all-new 10-speed transmission.
The V6 engine delivers 50 lb ft more torque for a total of 470 lb ft, making it extremely grounded on turns, despite its massive size. It is worth noting, however, that the car’s aluminium structure saves it from feeling heavy.
While it is large in size, it is rather effortless to drive, with the steering being extremely smooth and rather light for a truck. Still, we feel its stability on the roads, as we take the beast for a ride to test out its freshly added 10 horsepower over the previous engine.
Unlike its more expensive Chevrolet Silverado competitor, it starts at a value-priced AED155,000 ($42,000). It focuses more on efficiency than design. On the outside, it is big, blocky and rather simple. But the interiors, while also basic, can be customised with a wide range of options, including massage seats.
It is also very spacious, with both its driver and passenger cabins boasting substantial space, making it extremely comfortable for short and long rides.
One of its strengths is its visibility, in spite of its large form.
Surprisingly, we found it easy to navigate and, more importantly, to park – a key issue for many drivers when it comes to bulky trucks.
Though we did not get the chance to experience long-haul trips in the F-150, we reckon it would be quite practical to drive to, say, the other Emirates. If anything, America’s bestselling truck is an exciting, reliable and overpowering choice.