Ford has confirmed that the 2018 F-150 will be receiving a few upgrades, notably a few of them in the engine. The biggest update of them all though, is the once rumored addition of a diesel engine, which has now been officially confirmed. All of these updates have come from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which is currently going on.
A Diesel 2018 F-150
Enthusiasts all around the internet have been begging Ford to shove a diesel engine into an F-150 for some time now and it looks like it is finally happening. Ford has in-house developed a brand new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine that will power the new F-150. After months of rumors, spy videos, and spotting some camouflaged test vehicles, it has finally been confirmed that you can soon buy a diesel F-150.
Ford has yet to give us the lowdown on we can expect power wise from this new diesel engine, however it is likely that they are targeting power numbers from what will be the diesel F-150s competitors. The Dodge Ram puts down 240 HP & 420 TQ with its 3.0L EcoDiesel engine, so I would expect the diesel F-150 to at least match, but more than likely beat those numbers. The EcoDiesel Ram is also capable of hitting 29 MPG on the highway, which I am sure Ford has its eyes on beating.
Aside from the new 3.0L diesel engine, the 2018 F-150 is also getting its other engine options updated for model refresh. Aside from updates on the current engine options, there will also be a hybrid F-150 coming in 2020, which we reported here.
No more 3.5L V6
The 3.5L V6 engine that has served as the base engine option for the F-150 is getting replaced with a 3.3L V6. The new 3.3L is projected to have the same power output of the 3.5L at 282 HP and 253 TQ. The fuel economy of the 3.3L has not been commented on, but I would expect it to be about the same as the 3.5Ls, if not a little bit better.
Fans of the EcoBoost 3.5L have nothing to worry about as that is not going anywhere. The EcoBoost 3.5L was recently updated for the 2017 model year and will returning for 2018 in the exact same trim.
Revamped 2.7L EcoBoost V6
The crowd favorite 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is getting completely revised for the 2018 model year, receiving advanced dual port and direct injection technology (like what will be on the 2018 Mustang), with reduced internal friction and improved robustness. While Ford has not disclosed any of the output numbers from this engine revision, they have promised improved stats across the board.
Updated 5.0L V8
As we reported yesterday, the third iteration of the coyote engine is going be receiving some updates as well, namely, the addition of direct and port fuel injection. Ford has been coy as to what this revised 5.0L will make, simply stating that it will have “increased power and torque.
10-Speed Automatic Is Now Standard
The 10-speed automatic transmission that got a lot of hype when it was revealed on the 2017 SVT Raptor will now be the standard of almost all F-150s. The new 3.3L engine will not get the new 10-speed, rather presumably will be fitted with a 6-speed automatic.
The mid-cycle 2018 F-150 refresh will get some updated electronic features in addition to all of its powertrain updates. Ford is adding optional collision mitigation technology that is aimed at stopping you from rear-ending other drivers as well as running over people. Ford is also outfitting the ’18 F-150 with a 4G LTE-powered WiFi hotspot, a feature that has been offered by some of the competition for a few years.
By in large, the 2018 F-150 won’t be drastically different appearance wise from when it first came to the market with this design in 2015. However, it will feature a redesigned front bumper and headlights, as well as a re-imagined grille design. Basically, the 2018 F-150 is getting a big facelift.
What are your thoughts on the 2018 F-150? Are you excited to be able to buy a diesel F-150? Comment your thoughts below!