Ford has revealed the 2018 F-150 a day before the start of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and a 3.0-liter diesel under the hood is the big news with this refresh.
Power output hasn’t been revealed yet for the new diesel, but we can assume that Ford will try to outgun the Ram 1500’s 420 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, pricing and packaging options for the diesel are still unknown, although Ford did confirm that it will be linked to its new 10-speed automatic transmission.
While the diesel is a newcomer, the rest of the F-150’s engines also receive revisions, with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost all claiming to be more powerful and more efficient, though exact numbers are still in the dark. All of these engine options get auto stop-start as standard equipment and will also bee hooked up to a 10-speed automatic.
At the base level, the 2018 F-150 gets a new 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 that makes 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, the exact same output as the 3.5-liter V6 it replaces, though Ford says it will be more efficient.
The most noticeable change is the new front- and rear-end styling and the updated wheels, all of which borrow cues from the larger Super Duty lineup.
Fresh technology additions include pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic capability, 4G LTE wifi hot spot and a new upgraded sound system.
Truck King Says: We have bugged Ford execs and engineers over the years that a diesel was a great choice for a half-ton, but he company line at Ford has been that the EcoBoost turbo solution was all that buyers needed. Well finally the brand has seen the light (or more appropriately, the profits) and will finally sell its half-ton with a small diesel. Question is, will it be better than the Ram EcoDiesel? Watch these pages for an answer.