2018 Ford F-150 Prototype Captured Testing

Dec. 15, 2016 By Josh Burns, Photos by Chris Doane Automotive

The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is making waves for the automaker this year, but its actually already been a few years since the current F-150 hit the mark in 2014 as a 2015 model year vehicles. Of course, the big news with the F-150 is the addition of a lot more aluminum on its body to reduce weight and the additional 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine (and removal of the larger 6.2L V8.

It looks as though the F-150 will be receiving a mid-cycle update for 2018, after all of the hoopla surrounding the Raptor calms down, and what we believe may be a new version of that truck was spotted testing recently with an unlikely partner - a Ford Mustang. Sister Site AutoGuide.com is reporting the Mustang is also due for a mid-cycle update (with fascia updates, LED lights and the likely addition of the 10-speed transmission Ford and GM co-developed). The 2017 F-150 will actually be fitted with the 10-speed transmission, same goes for the Raptor. From what we can tell from the prototype photos, it appears the new F-150 will have updates to the front and rear fascias, headlights and taillights.

It is also rumored that the mid-cycle update for the F-150 will get the 3.0L V6 diesel engine weve seen testing (or maybe the hybrid weve spotted). There has also been speculation that the 5.0L V8 engine will receive some updates as well.

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