2018 Ford F-150 Breaks Cover, Gets Turbo-Diesel Option
Just prior to the start of the NAIAS 2017 show in Detroit, Ford has taken wraps off the latest edition of its wildly popular F-150 pickup truck. Just three years after its aluminum alloy redesign, the 2018 model not only sees cosmetic updates, but new technology, and upgraded new engines.
For starters, there are new grilles, headlamps and bumpers each of which is distinctively wider and bolder than the current model’s. The body color twin-bar grille looks especially awesome on the Lariat F-150 when equipped with the Sport Package. In back the tailgate has a deeply stamped “F-150″ logo as well as new tail lamps on either side. Ford is also offering an array of new wheels in 17″ to 22” sizes.
Under the hood, the new F-150 will now offer a new 3.3-liter V6 that offers the same 282 hp and 253-lb-ft. of torque as the outgoing 3.5-liter model, in a smaller, more efficient direct-injected engine. In addition the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will offer as yet to be specified improved output and durability, and this time out will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Last, but not least, the 5.0-liter V8 will see power and torque increases, and will also come with the 10-speed gearbox. For those who like extra torque with their engines, a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel is also in the works.
Inside, there’s a bunch of new available tech, including adaptive cruise control, with full stop/go capabilities, as well as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection to help avoid accidents. The 2018 F-150 will also be one of the first Ford’s to take advantage of the company’s new partnership with B&O Play, offering high end sound and stylish packaging.
The new model will hit dealerships in Fall 2017, and I’m sure we’ll get more details such as pricing and full engine specs in the near future.