Ford’s Light Weighting and Downsizing for the 2018 F-150

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  1. xcel

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

    [​IMG] The 3.0L turbo diesel will be available next spring.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 16, 2017


    Four years ago, Ford moved to high-strength, heat treated military-grade aluminum-alloy for its LD pickup truck bodies which improved performance, capability, and efficiency thanks to the lighter weight.

    With the latest drivetrains, all the metrics described above have expanded further.

    For 2017, the base 3.3L V6 delivers even more power, torque and better EPA-estimated efficiency than the previous naturally aspirated 3.5L V6.

    And the available 10-speed AT adds even more to various trims and drivetrains across the spectrum.

    The aluminum alloy bodies and high-strength steel frames helped save up to 700 pounds of weight which in turn allowed large tow and cargo caps.

    Since then, Ford expanded its high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy bodies and high-strength steel frames to the latest F-Series Super Duty HD pickups. The weight savings from these strong and lightweight materials is further enhanced by new and improved engines.

    2018 Ford F-150

    For 2018, the F-150 is equipped with a smaller displacement and more efficient 3.3L V6 that adds dual port and direct-injection delivering more power and torque than the previous naturally aspirated 3.5L V6. EPA results have not yet been released.

    With both port and direct-injection, the all-new second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost I4 provides a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque, and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the 2nd gen 3.5L EcoBoost, the 2.7L will be paired to a 10-speed AT for 2018.

    The 5.0L V8 now includes port and direct-injection for 10 more hp and 13 ft.-lb. of torque. In addition, the engine features spray-on bore liner technology featured in the high-performance Mustang GT350, all to reduce more weight from the aluminum block.

    For the first time, the V8 is paired with the 10-speed AT. EPA-estimates will be released later this year.

    The one we are really waiting for is the 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.0L Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel paired with the 10-speed AT. This drivetrain will be available next spring.

    In addition to the 10-speed AT, the 2018 F-150 is the first full-size pickup to add Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment across all models and engines.

    The 2018 Ford F-150 is built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, MI, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, MO and is scheduled to arrive in dealerships this fall.

    In the mean time, how many more stories am I going to post about the 2018 F-150? The world may never know. ;)
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm sure all F-150 owners will be absolutely thrilled about that !
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