Ford unveiled its 2018 F-150 today leading up to the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. The updated F-150, as reported last week when we posted photos of a prototype on the streets, features a new front and rear styling, advanced technologies, and it will include a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel and updated V6 and V8 gas engines.
“Truck customers are constantly looking to improve their productivity, for work and for play,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President, The Americas. “Since 1977, we’ve been America’s favorite truck, and we’ve never taken that leadership for granted. This new F-150 is our latest example of Ford’s commitment to going further for our customers through continuous innovation.”
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The 2018 Ford F-150 will feature a few segment-first features, such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. 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.
The big news on the truck, however, is the new power plants. First off, there’s an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V6 engine that features direct-injection for increased efficiency. Ford says it expects the new 3.3-liter V6 to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5-liter V6.
There will also be a second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine offered in 2018, which features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction and “improved robustness.” Ford says both new engines will be paired to its new 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.
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. This engine will also be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 F-150 also will bring a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine to the mix, which, like the other engines, will also be paired to the new 10-speed.
Ford says the new 2018 F-150 will go on sale this fall. The truck will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.