Ford’s best-selling nameplate has been introduced refreshed recently, yet today the carmaker decided to reveal what we can expect under the hood of the 2018 Ford F-150. The pickup truck will definitely offer five options, so you will be able to choose between four gasoline engines and one diesel. Yes, the vehicle is getting its first oil-burner mill in order to compete with Ram’s EcoDiesel.
2018 Ford F-150: Engine Changes and Fuel Economy
The base 2018 F-150 will use a new naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6 engine. The unit will be able to develop 290 hp at 6,500 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 2,750 rpm. Yes, that’s around 8 hp and 12 lb-ft more from the previous starting option. In case you are asking how the carmaker managed to do that, it’s actually quite simple. The new 3.3-liter engine features dual port and direct injection, while the outgoing 3.5-liter naturally aspirated had only a port injection. Anyway, the new option is mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.
As for the more potent 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, it will come with 325 hp at 5,000 rpm and 400 lb-ft at 2,750 rpm. In case you don’t see, the keeps the number of horses unchanged, but there is 25 lb-ft over the predecessor. Ford’s amazing 5.0-liter V-8 engine has been revamped as well. From now on, the mighty mill will deliver 395 hp at 5,750 rpm and 400 lb-ft at 3,850 rpm.
Blue Oval kept the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 unchanged. The engine will continue to pump out 375 hp at 5,000 rpm and 470 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. Of course, if you want a more potent version, you can buy the Raptor with 450 hp. The manufacturer hasn’t revealed any details on the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 at the moment.
All options except the base 3.3-liter engine will come in a pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford hasn’t announced any closer information regarding F-150’s mileage, yet they suggested that all options should get improved fuel economy numbers.
Refreshed Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Ford F-150 hasn’t received changes just under the hood. The manufacturer refreshed both exterior and interior with a few details here and there. More precisely, the truck will host a new grille treatment, which is basically borrowed from the Super Duty. Yes, the new F-150 sports a two-bar motif. In the back, the vehicle gets new taillights and interesting stamped F-150 logo on a tailgate. There will be six wheels option starting from 17-inch, all the way up to 22-inch.
The awesome pickup truck sports a few new details inside a well. It’s nothing big at all, but a pair of new trim colors for seats boosts the overall impression. Plus, the infotainment might add several new options. Still, don’t expect to see the existing option list changed at all. You will still need to give some extra money for blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, a 360-degree camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Price and Availability
The refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 will become available very soon, likely before the end of this year. The prices should not change drastically, meaning you will still have to set apart around $28,500 for the base model.