Ford Has Begun Shipping 2017 F-150s with 10-Speed Automatic Transmissions
If you are among those twiddling their thumbs and waiting patiently for a 2017 Ford F-150 equipped with an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission—including the long, long, long awaited 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor—then you might want to check under the Festivus pole this year.
Automotive News reported on Monday that, after holding back its 10-speed-equipped F-150s for additional quality testing, Ford has delivered an estimated 7,500 pickups to dealerships around the country in December. It’s estimated that an additional 7,500 F-150s are awaiting delivery, but they are expected to reach dealerships between now and the end of the year.
Deliveries of the 2017 F-150 only began in October, but models equipped with the combination of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic were held back an additional month from launch in order to assess and correct an undisclosed issue affecting the transmission.
“Launches are complex, and every one of them presents different challenges and opportunities,” Ford told Auto News in a statement. “Our process is to work through any issues and ensure that our customers receive a quality vehicle.”
While the new 2017 F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic combination have begun shipping, Ford has not specified when the F-150 Raptor performance truck will ship. Estimates available on Ford.com’s F-150 Raptor page list the truck as being “available fall 2016”; the truck was originally revealed 23 months ago at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and has only recently had its output confirmed.
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