The current F-150 EcoBoost has a decent six-speed automatic. But that’s just not enough cogs so for 2017, Ford will offer the pickup with a 10-speed gearbox, just like Chevy. This might be one of those very rare times that you’d be happy there’s no clutch pedal. Working through those gears would leave your left leg as big as Schwarzenegger’s…

There’ll be a new second-generation 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 under the bonnet with more power, too. When it launched back in 2011, the EcoBoost motor impressed us all and now the new twin-turbo unit will do likewise what with 40Nm more peak torque than the first-generation motor for a total 610Nm. That’ll be the best-in-class for a V6. But, it hasn’t just had its ECU tweaked to make more power. No, Ford says that every component is new and only the bore centres and deck height are the same as the old one. The new motor gets revised intake and exhaust valves, a stop/start system and port fuel injection which helps improve output not to mention efficiency and will run cleaner too. Also, Ford says the new motor will be quieter, have less vibration and harshness. It gets new turbos (with lighter turbine wheels) and boost pressure has gone up from 14.5 psi to 16 making it torquier than the predecessor but horsepower remains at 365. The new V6 will also be used in the next F-150 SVT Raptor and should have more than the 411 horses the 6.2-litre V8 makes.

Back to the other big news, the transmission, it’ll be made from “advanced materials and alloys to save weight” and improve the F150’s acceleration compared to the six-speed and reduce fuel consumption. It’ll feature optimised wide-span gear spacing and three overdrive gears. These are major changes to the drivetrain but since Ford already invested loads on the lighter all-aluminium body, we doubt there’ll be any big changes to the exterior, but we can always hope…