America’s top truck company will once again cement its top position with the release of the 2018 Ford F-150.The newest member of the Ford F-150 collection is with the diesel engine. Ford is keeping its customers guessing with little information. Let’s have a look at what will be expected in the new trucks. Read long for more information.
2018 Ford F-150 Exterior
The Ford F-150 hasn’t undergone a complete make-over, but there are some new changes in the exterior. All models have retained the aluminum alloy bodies. All headlamps, bumpers, and grilles are brand new. The models have a visually wider body. Lariant has had its twin bars painted body color to enhance the sporty look. It has a new tail lamp with an F-150 logo stamped on it.
The King Ranch, Limited and Platinum now have horizontal applique on the tailgates. The side mirrors now have spotlights for easier navigation during the night. The new Ford F-150 will have alloy wheels ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches.
On the rear, the model has a revised exhaust pipe, the pipe is bigger compared to that on the current model. It also features additional cutouts that apply the Venturi effect to cool the temperature of the exhaust gas. This system is adopted from the Super Duty truck, which uses a diesel mill. The tailgate also looks to have been upgraded. It has an additional handle as well as a visible crease.
2018 Ford F-150 Interior
The interiors have had a significant make-over regarding technology and appearance. The Platinum has a dark gray theme while the Limited has adopted a Navy Pier theme. The King Ranch has been fitted with seats fit for a king called Kingsville. The Lariant and the XLT will have carbon fiber interior trims.
The latest technology has been used to increase safety. A new pre-collision system complete with a pedestrian detector, a blind spot detector, car location system and a lane-keeping system are some of the significant safety advancements in the 2018 Ford F-150.
The sound system has received an upgrade. A state of the art B&O audio system has been installed. The system has ten Speakers, AM/FM stereo and anMP3 player. The SYNC Connect technology with the Fordpass app has been installed to enhance compatibility with the Apple Car Play and the Android Auto. A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot has been put in place to ensure the driver is connected. The seven models will have an auto start/stop technology.
Engine Specs and performance
The biggest news is under the hood where all indications point to a new diesel mill. However, all things point to a turbocharged 3.0 L, V-6 that is rated at 254 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque. This engine is borrowed from the current Range Rover Sport, the engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox channeling the juice to all four wheels. The 10-speed transmission system will be an upgrade since on the Range Rover it uses an 8-speed system. This engine will greatly improve the fuel economy ratings of the truck.
The 2018 F-150 will also get a 3.5 L, EcoBoost V-6 that will also be paired to the 10-speed automatic gearbox. This engine produces 370 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. I understand that this system is jointly developed with General Motors who will use it on the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The new 3.3L V-6 Petrol engine will have 282 horsepower and 253 lb of torque.
The 2.7L Ecoboost has been upgraded with second generation ports and direct injection technology. Ford has withheld information on the diesel engine and the 5.0 L V-8. However, horsepower and torque are expected to improve.
The engines will have the option of the auto start and stop.This means that the engine will switch off automatically while in traffic and will reignite after stepping on the acceleration.
Other mills powering the current model will also be retained. The mills will, however, be updated to offer more power and enhanced fuel economy.
Price and release date
It is too early to expect Ford to avail details of the 2018 Ford F-150, the new models are expected to be released in the fall of 2017. The prices will range from $ 28,025 to $64,515.