Ford is offering 560 ft.-lbs. of torque at 2,000 rpm on its all-new Power Stroke Diesel engine and five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. This is an increase of 10 ft.-lbs. since its pre-introduction in May. Available early next year in Ford's F-Series Super Duty trucks and Excursion SUV models, the all-new powertrain also will produce 325 hp at 3,300 rpm. More torque allows a diesel engine to move or tow heavier loads, while enhancing the vehicle's performance feel. It also allows drivers to maintain speed without frequent transmission shifting, launch highly loaded trucks from rest, and maintain speed while negotiating steep grades. In addition to the improved power rating, the new diesel will offer up to 10-percent better fuel economy and 20-percent lower emission levels. The new diesel also has reduced noise levels, im-proving speech intelligibility while driving by more than 20 percent. With a newly designed five-speed gearbox and new electronic control system to help provide smoother shifts, the new TorqShift features higher first- and second-gear ratios to launch a truck loaded with cargo quickly and smoothly. In addition, the new automatic transmission features a new driver-selected Tow-Haul Mode that senses when conditions call for increased engine braking and automatically schedules the appropriate downshift. The grade-braking feature functions in concert with speed control to help maintain the desired vehicle speed while descending grades.
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