2018 Ford F-150 is More Super Duty Than Ever

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The 2018 Ford F-150 Gets a Visual Refresh and a Slew of New Engines

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you are witnessing the refreshed-for-2018 Ford F-150. Just a short 3 model years after releasing the new truck to the world, Ford has decided to give it a little refresh. It’s more powerful, more capable, and more Super Duty than ever!

The first thing you’ll notice is the new front grille that looks like it’s from the Super Duty. There are all-new grille designs for 2018 to go along with restyled headlights. While there are no more grille designs than before, each design is much more distinctive.

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Out back, a new tailgate comes with F-150 stamping in the aluminum instead of a badge on the lower trim levels, and new appliqués on the higher trim. New taillights are also present.

New technology is on board, including autonomous emergency braking, full stop and go radar cruise control, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, 4G LTE wifi, and more. The interior also receives a bit of a nip and a tuck.

The biggest changes for performance aren’t the ones you’ll see. Aside from the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, every engine is all-new.

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A 3.3L V6 replaces the 3.5L naturally-aspirated V6 in the base truck. It makes the same horsepower and torque as the outgoing, larger engine.

The 2.7L EcoBoost enters its second-generation with port and direct fuel injection. More power and torque will come from this engine.

The 3.5L EcoBoost 2nd-generation is a carryover from 2017.

A big, rumbly V8 lives on in the F-150, as the Coyote V8 5.0L enters a new generation making more power and torque.

All new, and not available until the summer of 2018 is a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel based on Ford’s global Lion engine, but engineered specifically for the F-150 in the United States.

The 3.3L gets the 6-speed automatic, while all the other engines get the 10-speed automatic. Start/Stop technology is standard on all engines, including the diesel.

All of the really important details, such as towing and payload, power and torque for the new engines, fuel economy, and price will all be disclosed at a future point closer to launch. Expect to see the 2018 Ford F-150 (minus the diesel) on sale in the fall.

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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