The 2018 model year Ford F-150 introduces a number of key updates that will surely enforce its status as the best-selling vehicle in North America, including a bolder new face and, most notably, a new 3.0L diesel V6 engine.
Unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the mid-cycle refresh comes just three years after the thirteen-generation, aluminum bodied F-150 went on sale. It doesn’t take much effort to see the aggressive new redesign of the grille, headlamps and bumpers, but only Ford enthusiasts will probably notice the new taillamps and re-sculpted tailgate featuring a stamped “F-150”.
There are also six new wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches in size.
Inside, the 2018 F-150 gets two new color options and available carbon fiber trim. It can now be equipped with a new B&O PLAY audio system and a 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot that can connect up to 10 mobile devices at a time.
Also available is adaptive cruise control with stop and start capability and a segment-first Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system.
The biggest changes can be found under the hood of the 2018 F-150, where the engine lineup has been completely revamped. Most noteworthy is the addition of a new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine — the first diesel ever offered in an F-150 — that’s connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Performance figures will be released at a future date.
The base F-150 is now powered by a smaller 3.3L V6 that produces the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque as the previous 3.5-liter V6. Buyers will also have the choice of a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and a 5.0-liter V8, all three of which have been improved to deliver better fuel economy and performance.
The updated, 2018 Ford F-150 goes on sale in the fall 2017. What do you make of the visual, tech and mechanical upgrades?