DETROIT—Ford rolled out a significantly updated version of its best-selling full-size pickup at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, a new 3.3-liter V6 base engine, expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted for 2017, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
All F-150 models get a facelift that includes new grilles, headlamps, and bumpers, along with new taillights and a restyled tailgate. New interior trim features include carbon-fiber-style appliques on XLT Sport and Lariat Sport models, and Kingsville Appointed seats on the upscale King Ranch.
All 2018 F-150 engines are paired with the new 10-speed automatic transmission and feature fuel-saving automatic start/stop technology. Newly available is adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. The powertrain roster now consists of the new 3.3-liter V6 (rated a 282 hp, the same as the outgoing 3.5-liter V6), the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the 5.0-liter V8, and the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6–the F-150’s first diesel engine.
Ford was mum about specific figures, but we’d expect improvements in both horsepower and fuel economy to the 2.7 and 5.0, and based on other applications, we’d expect the diesel to achieve at least 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.
The 2018 Ford F-150 is scheduled to go on sale this fall, but the Power Stroke diesel won’t arrive until Summer 2018.
The F-150 saw an ambitious aluminum-body redesign for 2015, and Ford certainly hasn’t let much grass grow under its perennial sales champ since then. The 2018 F-150 benefits from a thorough mid-cycle refresh that brings plenty of desirable new features and options—all of which should help this hauler retain its crown as America’s best-selling vehicle.