According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a glitch in the all-new 10-speed transmission delayed the shipment and sale of 2017 Ford F-150 trucks, including the Ford Raptor.
Reuters also reported that Ford released about half of the 15,000 F-150s held back by the quality issue, which affects F-150s equipped with the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6. This includes both regular F-150s and Raptors.
Ford did not disclose what the glitch was in the all-new 10-speed automatic, which was jointly developed with General Motors, the WSJ report said.
TFLtruck recently reported that the affected trucks were lined up outside the Ford truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, awaiting final shipment. A Colorado Ford dealer confirmed that 2017 F-150s and Raptors are being shipped, so customers should be taking delivery of their new trucks soon.
The 10-speed transmission was developed to increase fuel efficiency for full-size trucks as more stringent fuel efficiency standards. The Reuters report said that the 10-speed increases fuel efficiency by one mile per gallon over six-speed models from 2016. That might not sound like much, but any mile per gallon increase is a victory in the every-increasing efficiency standards.
Check out this related TFLtruck video of the 2017 Ford Raptor: