Ford Updates F-150 With New Diesel V6, Refreshed Styling

Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces the new 2018 Ford F-150 – now even tougher, even smarter and even more capable than ever.

Ford’s F-150 pickup gets refreshed styling and new powertrains in a 2018 update that will be previewed during today’s NFL Super Bowl Wildcard game and revealed Monday at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The underhood highlights are a 3.0L turbodiesel V6, the first-ever light-duty diesel in the F-Series, a new 3.3L entry-level gasoline V6 and a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission. Other F-150 and, according to Ford, segment firsts include available adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

Revised front-end styling better ties the F-150 to its Super Duty F-250 and F-350 siblings, and a new tailgate and tail lights grace the rear.

Ford is being coy about power outputs for the diesel, but given its close relation to a motor Ford builds for Jaguar and Land Rover, we can count on it making something similar to the 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque it generates in the Land Rover Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery.

Ford has revealed more about the new 3.3L, which replaces a 3.5L as the truck’s base engine. It says it expects this motor, which gets direct fuel injection, to make the same 282 hp and 253 lb-ft as the outgoing engine while boasting better fuel economy.

Returning to the lineup are a 3.5L turbocharged EcoBoost gasoline engine and a 5.0L gas V8; the 2.7L EcoBoost motor is back too, with second-generation improvements Ford says will bring better efficiency and power.

Ford says the EcoBoost V6s, V8 and diesel will come standard with the 10-speed; Ford doesn’t specify the 3.3L’s transmission pairing, which suggests it will soldier on with last year’s six-speed.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.