2018 F-150 Engine and Exterior
America’s best selling vehicle and Motor Trend ‘Truck of the year‘, the Ford F-150 pickup gets a little makeover for 2018. The biggest news aside from the styling differences though is the addition of new engines, one of which is diesel. The diesel engine that’s coming as an option for the half-ton truck will be available to order December 2017 with shipment arriving in dealerships around April 2018. A new gas engine is also available, a 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V63. All engines will have Auto Start-Stop technology ie. the engine will shut off when the vehicle is stopped at traffic lights or in traffic. Speaking of engines, the second generation 2.7 liter twin turbo EcoBoost engine will now have advanced dual port and direct-injection.
Still available will be the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine and the 5.0 V-8 engine which now has spray-on bore liner technology. 10-Speed SelecShift® automatic transmission (with selectable drive modes) is still available except with the 3.3L engine.
The entire model range of the 2018 F-150 gets new bumpers (steel) front an back, new grilles, lighting, tailgate outer, wheels, and appliques.
Adaptive Cruise Control now available with stop and go function. Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection also now available.
Standard safety features include;
- AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control
- Dual stage driver and right passenger airbags
- Safety Canopy® System with side curtain airbags and rollover sensor
- ABS, vented brake discs
- MyKey® (XL and above)
- SOS Post Crash Alert System™
- Trailer Sway Control
The 2018 F-150 gets material and color changes for the seats, instrument panel and console trim on the XLT Sport, XLT Special Edition, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and the Limited (top of the line). The King Ranch changes to Kingsville (dark and light brown), the Platinum to Dark Marsala (brownish red). The Limited gets Navy Pier interior.
B&O PLAY® premium audio system now available. SYNC® Connect is available on XLT and Lariat models as an option and standard on King Ranch, Platinum and Limited models which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot (connect up to 10 devices).
Noteworthy features already on the F-150
Aside from all the new features for 2018, the F-150 already has some pretty great tech. The SyncPass smartphone app lets you start your truck remotely (from your phone), lock and unlock doors, check fuel levels and more. Aluminum body for lightweight strength, best in class towing and payload. A fully flat loading floor in the back of the cab. Heated and vented seats are available depending on trim levels. Power outlets in the front and back capable of charging laptops and power tools. If you tow a lot then the trailer package is a must. Using a knob you can direct the trailer easier as the truck assists and the 360° camera should make it even easier. Not only is there blind spot monitoring for the pickup, but there’s blin monitoring for the trailer also available.
For more information, contact your Ford dealer.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.