Not content to rest on its 40-year history as America's best-selling truck, Ford is making a few welcome improvements to its aluminum-bodied F-150 for the 2018 model year.
The big news is the availability of an optional 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel. No word on power or torque numbers as of yet, but we expect the engine to be a strong seller among folks who need a work truck, but don't really need one of the F-Series' larger Super Duty models to get the job done. Previously, the only way to get an oil burner in a light-duty pickup was to purchase a Ram 1500 with the optional EcoDiesel powerplant.
Also on tap for the 2018 F-150 will be a new 3.3-liter V6 engine. This will be the standard engine for the range, and Ford expects it to put out the same 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque as the current 3.5-liter V6.
New grille and headlights. Woot!
The 2018 F-150 will keep the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, but the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will see new dual port- and direct-injection technology for better power and efficiency, although Ford remains silent on any specs. The 5.0-liter V8 will be upgraded for more horsepower and torque, but again, we'll have to wait on power and efficiency numbers. All engines save the base 3.3-liter unit will be mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission codeveloped with General Motors, and the entire range gets standard stop/start tech to save fuel.
The F-150 is also getting some new and fancy tech to keep your drive safe and easy. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality is standard for 2018, while precollision brake assist with pedestrian detection is available. Also available for 2018 are 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a bumpin' B&O Play stereo system.
Tech crossing over from 2017 includes available Sync and Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera and a nifty blind-spot monitoring system that can monitor a trailer in tow.
The Ford F-series has been America's best-selling truck for 40 years, but 2018 is going to bring us a different F-150.
The new model gets a sculpted and stamped tailgate and new taillights.
The front fascia gets an updated grille, headlights and bumper treatment.
New to the lineup is a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine.
If you prefer your engines to be of the petrol variety, Ford will offer a new base 3.3-liter V6, as well as the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8.
All engines will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Standard in all F-150 trucks will be adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology.
Available for 2018 are precollision brake assist with pedestrian detection as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi and an upgraded stereo system.
Sync and Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are available.
The 2018 model has lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera and a nifty blind-spot monitoring system that can monitor a trailer in tow.
No word on pricing yet, but the 2017 F-150 can be had for $24,775 to $60,590, depending on trim.