Well, Ford Motor Company is certainly not resting on its laurels in the half-ton market. The company has revealed the 2018 F-150, which includes design updates, new tech features and powertrain updates across the entire range.
Given the aluminum F-150 just launch in 2015, the design updates found on the 2018 are not significant. Ford has basically given the truck new front fascia treatment and some mild design changes in back to bring harmony between the F-150 and Super Duty design theme. Ford’s offering seven grille designs on the 2018 model, which is more than the current truck, in an effort to provide greater differentiation between the various trim levels offered on the truck.
Most of the grille designs feature two crossbars like the Super Duty, but there is also an open-concept grille design on the sport model, while the Limited truck has chrome latticework.
Around back Ford’s tweaked the lamp design and provided new tailgate designs across the F-150 range. There’s a new trapezoid shape within the tailgate design, which adds some visual appeal. Higher end models will continue to have some form of trim applied to the center portion of the tailgate.
Undoubtedly the headliner here is that the F-150 is getting a diesel engine option. The company has formally announced the 2018 truck will eventually gain a PowerStroke 3.0-liter V-6. Details on the engine are still very scarce, but we do know this is the same engine Ford already builds for Jaguar Land Rover and it will probably be close to its output in Land Rover products, which runs about 240 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Ford says the PowerStroke won’t be available until summer of 2018.
While the diesel is the big news, the surprise factor here is that the entire gas engine lineup is getting revised as well. Starting with a new 3.3-liter V-6 base engine that will replace today’s 3.5-liter. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic, while a revised 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 will gain Ford’s 10-speed automatic. V-8 buyers can continue to check the option box for the 5.0-liter V-8, but it too is revised with spray-bore cylinder liners like the Mustang. The 5.0 will too be paired with the 10-speed auto.
Ford has not released finalized power figures for any of the 2018 F-150 engine options.
Inside Ford has not really changed any interior components. What they have changed is associated with technology features and gadgets. For example, F-150 is dropping Sony in favor of a new B&O Play sound system. Buyers will be able to stream all sorts of music over that sound system thanks to a new 4G LTE radio for in-truck WiFi.
On the safety side F-150 is also gaining revised adaptive cruise control that includes the ability to take over in stop-and-go traffic, as well as pedestrian detection.
Ford says the 2018 F-150 will go on sale this fall, so expect more details (such as power figures) to be announced as the year progresses.