Nowadays, truck owners require a truck that can both work as a workhorse and as a comfortable daily driver. Such is the capability that the new 2018 Ford F-150 promises. This newly redesigned truck from Ford offers the power and performance that personal and professional workers need.
New for 2018 include a new turbodiesel option and a range of powerful engines. Furthermore, the front end as well as the rear have had their fair share of changes that include a new grille, exterior lighting and tailgate. As for the interior, buyers will now have additional color options, and more connectivity and infotainment features.
For 35 years now in a row, the Ford Series has not only been the best-selling vehicle, it’s also been the number one selling truck in the U.S. This it has managed through offering an unmatched performance, dizzying array of options and customizations, and a high level of reliability.
For 2018, the new 2018 Ford F-150 comes with a choice of four different but powerful engines, an improved towing capacity, and better fuel economy. The four different engines are as follows – a new standard 3.3L V6 that now replaces the outgoing 3.5L V6, a revised 2.7L turbocharged V6, a powerful 5.0L V8 capable of generating a whopping 385 horsepower, and finally – the long-awaited turbocharged diesel V6 engine that should be available sometime later in the model year.
For 2018, Ford says the new F-150 will now be able to tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly configured – the best in class so far beating out all gas and diesel rivals. This feet will be achieved by the 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 options.
Another notable change that the new model has had is reduction of weight, which Ford has said has enabled this bad boy increase its payload capacity to a satisfactory level. This weight reduction, the automaker says, was as a result of extensive use of high-strength, military grade, and aluminum alloy during construction.
As many probably can attest to, backing up a trailer is more often than not a tricky maneuver whether you’re just starting out or you count yourself a seasoned pro. As such, Ford now offers the Pro Trailer Backup Assist that makes the maneuvering as simple as just turning a knob. The user now only needs to rotate the knob to the direction of their liking – a first in this segment.
Moreover, buyers will have these trailer sway features available as options – a Dynamic hitch assist with line-of-sight guide, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, an 8-inch productivity screen, Blind Spot Information system, factory-installed trailer brake controller, and smart trailer tow connector.
Also available for 2018 is the Ford F-150 Raptor. This all-terrain – optimized truck comes with a 450 horsepower – generating 3.5L EcoBoost engine. For improved handling than before, it’s equipped with features such as all-terrain KO2 tires, Torque-On-Demand feature, a Torsen differential, 4.10 front axle, and a giant front skid plate. Additionally, there are four driver selection modes optimized for Wet Snow, Mud Sand, Sport, Rock Crawl, Baja, and Normal.
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2018 Ford F-150 Review
- interior & exterior redesign
- engine specs
- price & release date
2018 Ford F-150 Interior Review & Exterior Design Changes
Few exterior styling details have been added throughout the entire lineup. For 2018, the lineup will now consist of F-150 XL, F-150 XLT, F-150 Lariat, F-150 King Ranch, F-150 Platinum, and F-150 Limited model. At the end of the spectrum is the F-150 Raptor – the off-road themed version.
For the new model year, the 2018 F-150 Platinum now comes with an additional color option – Dark Marsala, the top-dog Limited gets a Navy Pier color theme for itself. Additionally, the F-150 King Ranch gets Kingsville seats while the F-150 Sport and F-150 Lariat buyers can specify faux-carbon fiber appliques.
In addition to these changes, a bountiful amount of infotainment and technologies join the already rich array of options list. For entertainment needs, Ford now offers an upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system. For connectivity, there’s the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that makes it possible for up to ten devices to be connected. And finally, for driver assistance, Ford adds an enhanced adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist system.
A 360-degree camera, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity all continue to remain on the options list as well.
As for the exterior, the automaker gave the truck a few exterior tweaks here and there to keep things exciting. The new headlamps and grille probably strike the most. Equipped with the Sport package, the F-150 Lariats feature a distinct body-color treatment.
A stamped F-150 logo clearly makes the testament on the sculpted tailgate of the F-150 Lariat. The F-150 Limited, F-150 Platinum and the F-150 King Ranch all get a touch of exclusivity thanks to the new horizontal applique on the tailgate.
Depending on what one is looking for, each interior comes equipped with select features that range from standard features to creature comforts. The overall design however remains the same. Out of the models we’ve tested, we find the F-150 Lariat to be the best among the entire heap not only for the high quality features but also for the ease of everyday use.
Moreover, the 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat is able to perfectly balance between luxury and daily pickup usability. Beneath its hood, it comes equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine rated at either 375 hp or 450 hp. The latter is the high-output configuration.
2018 Ford F-150 Specifications For The Engine
Even as we await the debut of the F-150 diesel option, the existing engine lineup has gotten more potent than ever. According to Ford, engineers over at Ford keep up on the performance front by making its truck better with each passing year.
The engine lineup is broad and includes naturally-aspirated as well as turbocharged ones. Starting off this list is the 3.5L EcoBoost engine that is capable of producing 375 hp and 470 pounds ft. of torque. Ford says this engine provides an improved efficiency and power.
Coming in at the second spot is the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine rated at a robust 325 horsepower and 400 pounds ft. of torque. This mill has been optimized for offering robust capability and performance.
For everyday usability, nothing compares better than a 3.3L TI-VCT V6 – equipped F-150. Three driving modes – Tow-Haul, Normal, and Sport are offered to suit the prevailing driving conditions. Output stands at a whopping 290 horsepower and 265 pounds feet of torque.
Finally, there’s the 5.0L TI-VCT V8 engine that has got tongues wagging. This monster of an engine should be able to generate a robust output of 395 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque.
2018 Ford F-150 Release Date & Price
According to figures released by Ford, price starts at $28,675 for the Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab and goes all the way to $35,215 for the F-150 SuperCrew model. The release date has been confirmed for this fall.