Here in America we have some extremely iconic vehicles and an auto heritage we can rightly be very proud of. Although outside North America most will immediately think of the likes of the Mustang as our most legendary model, we know the F-150 is the real standard-bearer of the U.S. auto industry. Plenty of domestic and Japanese cars sell in huge quantities here in the U.S., but no vehicle of any size, type or price can match the incredible sales figures the F-150 continues to rack up. So, let's take a look at the new 2018 Ford F-150 and see what the Blue Oval is doing to keep it at the top of the pile.
2018 Model Year Changes
It's probably only to be expected the changes for 2018 are not too revolutionary as Ford took care of that when it brought us this current generation of the full-size, light-duty F-150 a couple of years back. This year does see the F-150 benefitting from quite a lot of minor enhancements though, such as a number of cosmetic changes to the front grill, headlights, taillights, wheels and the tailgate applique. More intrinsic change comes in the form of a new 3.0-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel engine, a new gas V-6 and wider availability of segment-first ten-speed automatic transmission and other powerplant tweaks. There's also going to be available class-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and an available Wi-Fi hotspot to add to the Ford's already impressive list of available features and equipment.
Although the individual cosmetic changes are relatively small, the overall result could be considered fairly substantial as the F-150 now more closely resembles the Super Duty line that was completely redesigned for 2017. The 2018 F-150’s grilles are now a little more macho and the tailgates are even more expressive. The F-150 still looks the way a full-size pickup truck is supposed to look, but the enhancements have definitely made it a touch more stylish and even more rugged.
Engines and Capability
There's obviously more capability on offer with the Super Duty models in the F-Series family, but the 2018 F-150 is certainly heading in their direction. This year, new truck buyers have gone for V-6 engines a pretty staggering 75 percent of the time, so it's no wonder Ford takes the F-150 into the 2018 model year arrives with even more V-6 choices. There's now an even smaller, more efficient 3.3-liter V-6 in the range with dual port and direct-injection technology for additional power and torque, compared to the previous 3.5-liter unit. Another bonus with the new engine is the improved projected EPA-estimated gas mileage it delivers, so it's a genuine win-win situation for customers.
The next engine in the 2018 F-150 range is an all-new second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost, which develops the same 325 horsepower, but increases torque by 25 lb.-ft. to 400 lb.-ft. The 5.0-liter V-8 has also been enhanced with an extra 10 horsepower and 13 lb.-ft., while the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost in standard and high-output versions remains unchanged.
Of course, the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 diesel that's been designed, engineered and tested all in-house that's paired with the ten-speed automatic is the really big news. It represents the very first diesel engine to be offered for the F-150, but we'll have to wait a little while for more details as this particular powerplant option won’t be available until next spring.
The new 2018 Ford F-150 will be coming to South Bay Ford Commercials later this year in the fall, so keep a close eye on our inventory or give us a call to be the first in line for the latest, enhanced version of America's best-selling vehicle.