You might think that Ford would just leave its best-selling F-150 pickup alone for 2018. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? However, the blue oval has decided that it’s important to keep soldiering on. The company’s mid-cycle refresh of the popular pickup consists of minor tweaks to the exterior, some new engine options (including a first-ever diesel) and some interior upgrades.
While the minor visual adjustments don’t change things much, the addition of a diesel power plant could help increase the customer base for the truck. The diesel engine could be a draw to the towing audience as diesel engines offer exceptional torque and impressive fuel economy. The other engine upgrades are minor and will likely have little impact on the overall success of the model. It's safe to say, though, that the F-150 will be better in the 2018 model year than it ever has been.
Here are the interesting tidbits about the new F-150:
- The first-ever diesel engine for an F-150 pickup is a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 that mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford hasn’t published horsepower and torque numbers for the diesel mill yet.
- An all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine will replace the standard 3.5-liter V6. The new base engine will produce the same amount of power as the engine it replaces (282 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque). Fuel economy should be improved.
- Aside from the two new engines, the F-150 can also be fitted with updated versions of either the 2.7-liter or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine or a 5.0-liter V8. All of these engines will be mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Additional driver-assist features will appear on the new F-150, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
- The new F-150 will also receive an available 4G LTE modem that enables Wi-Fi. This system allows up to 10 mobile devices to connect at one time. A new B&O Play available sound system will deliver an improved experience when it comes to audio.
- Visually the F-150 received updates to the front fascia and grille. Many of the models utilize a two-bar styling approach that stretches horizontally across the front of the truck. Some two-bar designs
are paintedthe color of the truck and others feature chrome. There’s also a version of the grille that’s mostly open. The type of grille depends on the trim level and type of model you choose to buy. Ford seems to want to further differentiate visually within the F-150 lineup.
- Pricing has not yet been released, but the 2018 F-150 will go on sale fall of 2017.
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