2018 Ford F-150 Adds Diesel Engine, Fresh Style And New Tech

The Ford F-150 is not only the top-selling truck in America, but also the country’s hottest-selling vehicle of any kind – and has been for the past 40 and 35 years, respectively. Rolling out updates to such a pivotal model, then, is a big deal for Ford, but that’s just what it has in store for the Detroit Auto Show this week.

For the 2018 model year, the F-150 returns with updated styling, enhanced safety systems, and new powertrain options – all of which stand to make Dearborn’s light-duty, full-size pickup an even more compelling option over its lagging competitors.

As you can see, the 2018 Ford F-150 bears a new front grille design, flanked by new headlights and capping a restyled bumper. The rear bumper has been redesigned as well, along with the tailgate, with designs catered to individual trim levels – from the base XL model to the top-of-the-line Limited. Naturally there are fresh wheel designs available as well, but the bigger news is what lies underneath the updated aluminum bodywork and in between those new wheels.

The most substantial addition to the F-150 lineup is the arrival of a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, which ought to help Ford fend off advances from the likes of the Ram 1500 with its EcoDiesel engine.

The gasoline-burning EcoBoost engines – available in 2.7- and 3.5-liter displacements – have also been refined, as has the standard 3.3-liter V6, which is expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque as the outgoing version, but with improved fuel efficiency. Even the 5.0-liter V8 has been refined, and they all come mated to a segment-first ten-speed automatic transmission.

To further sweeten the deal, Ford has added new optional electronic systems. The options list includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, 4G LTE connection with mobile wi-fi hotspot, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Add to that the existing Sync infotainment systems, around-view monitor, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring, and the new F-150 is shaping up not only as a reliable workhorse, but a high-tech one as well.

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  • Craig

    It’s very nice looking.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      Yes, it’s an amazing vehicle, and remember me that not so old Concept Car from Ford, the Interceptor:https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce0769c0ad6f9dced6006174a32023f3d5d095f86a5e9edcc0aba88d4480fe5a.jpg

      • Alexander Carabitses

        What’s amazing is that this car debuted in Detroit exactly 1 decade ago. Quite hard to believe!

      • Matt

        The difference being that this grille style looks cohesive on the Interceptor, as it integrates with the car’s overall design theme. On the F-150, the boxy design and new grille seem to be at odds with each other.

    • Bash

      its awesome man!

  • dumblikeyou2

    Was it in need of the “styling” upgrades already?? It’s only like, two years old.

    • Bash

      that’s what’s makes it even more stylish… I see it as a clever move.. plus that’s how you stay on top!.

    • Able

      Because Americans think anything over two years old is dated and needs change.

    • Ken Lyns

      It’s planned obsolescence. And Ford can afford to do it, because they sell more F150s in a year than other models do in five years.

  • Jay

    Nice looking but doesn’t look as “tough” in pictures. It’ll look good and grow on me like the new chargers did in a few months.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Still too much of a behemoth for me to want to have one. I will say that the new face looks so much better than before. The previous front looked too tall and narrow. This is really nice.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I think the current design is the appropriate seamless face of the F-150 than this nip and tuck treatment that is in your face look. It has too much chrome and I don’t like the consecutive chrome bars across the grille.

  • Toss

    8 days gone from 2017 and we allready see a 2018 model?

    • Jim Ragland

      Mid year…the 2019’s will be rolling around…lol. At this rate I will never have current new car.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I’m digging the evolutionary design, it takes to the next level. Good job Ford.

  • Matt

    It looks a little bit 90’s to be honest, especially when the grille is colour-coded.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    They’ve ruined it.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I was gonna say it looks good until I noticed how weird the grill looked.

  • Six_Tymes

    you got to admit, all these years they sure know what they are doing with trucks. they stay on top of design and tech above everyone else, it seems other brands are always playing catch up. Nice work Ford!

  • SgtBeavis

    There was nothing wrong with the 2017’s styling but damn this is a super nice improvement. I’m really curious to see what kind of fuel economy they can get out of that diesel or the smaller e-boosted v6 with that new 10 speed auto.

  • smartacus

    more powerful 2.7TT plus 10-speed means Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Kash

    I hated the body colored grille on the pre-facelift Explorer, and still hate it here. Ford’s grilles just aren’t right for all that paint. The chrome isn’t even that nice looking but the one in pic 5/7 looks pretty nice to me at least.

  • TheHake

    Narce!

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