The 40th anniversary of Ford’s flagship vehicle, the F-150, boasts a few major updates. Its diesel engine was upgraded to a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 engine, allowing for greater power output, fewer emissions, and improved overall efficiency. Though official power and fuel ratings have yet to be released, the new turbodiesel engine is backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission and will likely feature twin turbos. Beyond its new diesel engine, the 2018 F-150 features both interior and exterior updates of aesthetic and utilitarian nature. Read on to learn more about the new Ford F-150 and its most exciting updates.
Though lighter in build than Ford’s Super Duty lineup, the new F-150 claims a tougher, more capable look. Aggressive structural lines conveys Ford’s attempt at rebranding the pickup’s image. Another part of that new image is the twin-bar grille design which harkens a likeness to the Super Duty lineup. It also serves to emphasize the stature and width of the vehicle, accentuating its massive cabin and bed. On either side of the grille are C-clamp, LED headlamps. Though the general composition of the cabin and body has carried over, including the frame-mounted steel bumpers, the 2018 F-150 offers six new wheel designs ranging from 17 to 22 inches.
The diesel engine isn’t the only internal upgrade coming to the 2018 F-150. Though the gasoline engine loses volume in the new release, shrinking from a 3.5- to a 3.3-liter, it gains a twin-injection system (port and direct). By reducing the size of the fuel droplets combusted, Ford will stabilize its fuel consumption. This will increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse emissions. Now standard in the F-150 lineup, Auto Start-Stop technology will also reduce fuel consumption by shutting the engine off autonomously when the truck is stopped or idling. It then restarts the engine once the accelerator is pressed or the brake pedal is released. Standard in the 2018 F150 lineup is the Dynamic Hitch Assist, tech meant to provide a visible sight line on the instrument panel display, to help direct your hitch ball to the trailer receiver.
The F-series hosts a plethora of impressive features, gadgets, and tech. A 360-degree camera allows for greater visibility and comfort when maneuvering around tight corners, curbs, lamp posts, and children. Available in many editions, the 8-inch LCD productivity screen allows users to view their trip, truck, and fuel info and access their towing, off-road mode, and settings. On applicable cars, SYNC Connect technology allows you to track, start, lock, unlock, and gauge the gas levels of your truck, all from your mobile device. F-150 owners can also expand their packages to include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with blind spot alerts, Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to scan the road ahead, a Lane-Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. It’s going to be a great year for the F-150.