2018 Ford F-150 Refresh Preview

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] The hyper efficient 3.0L Turbo Diesel is just around the corner.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 20, 2017

    From our January story, a few updates as we look at the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 front and center. Pricing and EPA TBA.

    Three years after introducing the aluminum-alloy-bodied F-150, the new F-150 arrives with new styling, new safety functions, and improved engines. The engine we are really waiting for is the all-new 3.0L V6 Power Stroke turbo diesel plus uprated V6 and V8 gas engines.

    2018 Ford F-150 Design

    For 2018, the F-150 takes signature F-Series design language and builds on its billet-milled visual cues and wide track, while complementing the all-new Super Duty lineup.

    A horizontal twin-bar grille accentuates the width of the new F-150. All-new C-clamp headlamps wrap the grille, offering LED lighting and signature DRLs. The chamfered nose and fenders add to the eye candy. The Sport Package-equipped Lariat F-150 has signature twin bars but are painted body color.

    From a profile view, larger-diameter tires wrapping six all-new wheel designs ranging from 17 to ridiculous 22 inches.


    Ford used traditional frame-mounted bumpers in lieu of plastic covers or molded fascias.

    From the rear, the billet-milled treatment around the fenders, taillamps and tailgate continue. The F-150 badge on the tailgate is replaced with the stamped-in nameplate of popular XL, XLT or Lariat trim levels, while premium King Ranch, Platinum and Limited series feature a unique satin chrome appliqué.

    The refreshed F-150 brings two new seating trim colors – Dark Marsala for F-150 Platinum and Navy Pier for the Limited. New trim offerings including carbon fiber appearance appliques on F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport models, while the famed F-150 King Ranch features new Kingsville Appointed seats. <-- Do not ask me what that means, I do not know. ;)

    2018 Ford F-150 Sport depicted/shown.​

    2018 Ford F-150 Convenience and Safety Technologies

    • Radar CC with full stop “and possibly back up to speed” capability
    • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
    • 10-connection 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot
    • B&O PLAY audio system
    • Available SYNC and SYNC 3 with FordPass with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 360-degree camera
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow technology
    2018 Ford F-150 Drivetrains

    An all-new direct injected, 282 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque 3.3L V6 engine is the standard drivetrain.

    An all-new second-gen 2.7L EcoBoost engine features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction and improved robustness. Like the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, the 2.7L EcoBoost will be paired to the all-new 10-speed AT for 2018.

    The 5.0L V8 receives increased power and torque and will also be paired to the 10-speed AT.

    The big news however is the all-new 3.0L Power Stroke turbo diesel engine paired with the 10-speed AT. It’s the first-ever diesel engine offered for F-150. Will it compete with the RAM 1500’s EcoDiesel? Our drive of the 2016 Range Rover Sport with the 3.0L TD mated to an 8-speed AT from which the F-150 3.0L Power Stroke is based offered up a very healthy 45.3 mpg actual result over our 95 mile test route.


    In addition to the 10-speed AT, the F-150 will include automatic start/stop across all models and engines.

    The Ford F-Series truck continues to be best-selling truck in America as it has been for decades. April 2017 results are very typical of what we have seen for years.


    The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
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  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    That diesel is going to be interesting. I still love a good diesel engine. I just hope they don't charge an arm and a leg for it.
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  3. chucky2

    chucky2 Active Member

    Don't worry, they will, then pronounce it the reason 'diesel just doesn't sell!'. Well, when you upcharge $5k for something that probably cost, over the 10 years you'll offer them, $1-$2k more, yeah, it probably won't sell. Gov should just mandate price caps for green tech based on actual costs involved, stop letting the manufacturers screw around...
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  4. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    It's basic supply and demand. VW was the only diesel car option for the masses for decades. This allowed them to stick the TDI in upper trims only. Between those that wanted a diesel and those just looking for the best fuel efficiency, they didn't have trouble selling those optioned out diesels. Hybrids start becoming successful, and GM announcing a Cruze diesel lead to VW putting the TDI in lower trims.

    For a reasonably sized diesel in a truck, there is still few competitors while FCA is in EPA trouble, and plenty of pent up demand. So expect prices to stay high in the near future. With small diesels being popular in many markets, and those markets heading for stricter emissions, I don't see the car companies simply abandoning diesels in the US down the road. Near equivalent emission regulations mean the cost to bring a diesel to the US market is lower than before. GM's 1.6L in the Cruze was designed on meeting US regulations from the beginning. Then CAFE is a pressure that can support diesels in the manufacturers' product mix.

    tl;dr The F150 diesel will be pricey when it arrives, but market forces should let the price drop in time.

    When was Ford saying for the F150 parallel hybrid, 2020?
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Ford has taken home five 2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards, four for their Truck and Van offerings. The awards recognize the vehicles Vincentric’s analysis of 28 different lifecycle cost scenarios determines will provide fleet and vocational customers with the lowest total cost of ownership.

    Ford award winners in the pickup and van categories:
    • Ford F-150 XL – six-time full-size half-ton pickup truck winner
    • Ford F-350 Super Duty XL – three-time full-size one-ton pickup truck winner
    • Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof passenger wagon – four-time full-size half-ton passenger van winner
    • Ford Transit 150 medium-roof cargo van – two-time full-size half-ton cargo van winner
    Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas – depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership or 10,000 miles annually to 60 months or 40,000 miles a year.
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