Ford Motor Co.is adding its first-ever diesel variant and a new V-6 engine to the freshened F-150 pickup for 2018 to further boost the fuel efficiency of its top-selling and most profitable product line.
Ford always has had a tricky task when updating the F-150. The higher-end tailgates, for example, alternate between a stamped "F-150" and an aluminum finish, while the front grille jumps from body color "i-beams" to brushed aluminum to chrome to a black honeycomb.
It features new front and rear styling and advanced technologies that include pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and improved engines. The one we all want to drive is the new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter, but that's not arriving until almost nine months after the 2018 F-150 hits dealerships in fall of 2017.
The popular 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 also joins the F-150 lineup for 2018.
Many trims of the freshened F-150 will feature a design similar to the Super Duty pickup. The tailgate also gets a new look and the truck gets six new wheel designs.
How do you celebrate 40 years of Ford F-series dominance with an enviable 820,000 pickups sold in 2016 alone?
Visually, the F-150 receives a fresh twin-slat grille that stretches into a pair of new-look headlights, creating a look reminiscent of the bigger Super Duty pickups, and a redesigned front bumper that emphasizes the truck's width. Sport and Lariat Sport trim buyers can specify faux-carbon-fiber appliqués, and the King Ranch gets specific seats called Kingsville, which sound suitably kingly.
They are the biggest changes to the truck since it was radically retooled for the 2015 model year with an all-aluminum body.
The new truck ditches the three-bar grille that has been Ford's signature design for over a decade, and brings a diesel engine to the light-duty truck lineup (previously offered only in heavy duty) for the first time in its almost 70-year history.
The truck will have adaptive cruise control, a first for the full-size light-duty pickup segment, allowing drivers to set a cruising speed at a safe distance to the vehicles ahead. The new F-150 is now competing with Chevy in the Wi-Fi arena by offering an LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot to connect up to 10 mobile devices at one timer.
While 2018 F-150 pricing won't be released until later this year, it won't differ much from the current model which starts at $28,025 for a base XL and tops out at over $64,000 in Platinum trim with all the goodies.
In the Range Rover, the 3.0-liter is good for 254 horsepower, 443 ft-lbs of torque, and a 25-mpg combined EPA rating. First off, there's an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V6 engine that features direct-injection for increased efficiency. The 10-speed is now paired to 2017 F-150s with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, including the F-150 Raptor performance truck. It's the first-ever diesel engine offered for F-150.
Gas versions of the 2018 Ford F-150 will benefit from gains in power, torque, and fuel economy across almost every available engine in its existing lineup.
Ford will also bring updates to the 5.0-liter V8 in terms of increased power and torque, though the official numbers have not been announced.
The 2018 F-150 is due in showrooms in the fall 2017, but the diesel version won't be available until the summer 2018.
Ford is also making additions and improvements to the F-150's gasoline engine lineup. The F-150 is built in Dearborn, Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas City, Missouri.
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