Ford arrived at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) with the updated 2018 F-150. Billed by the Blue Oval brand as tougher, smarter and more capable than ever, the refreshed pickup truck gets a redesigned exterior, new tech and a turbo-diesel V6 option.
"Truck customers are constantly looking to improve their productivity, for work and for play. Since 1977, we’ve been America’s favorite truck, and we’ve never taken that leadership for granted. This new F-150 is our latest example of Ford’s commitment to going further for our customers through continuous innovation," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President, The Americas.
Beginning with the exterior, all F-150 models from the XL to the range-topping Limited get a new front grill, headlights, and bumpers that give the truck a wider and planted stance according to Ford.
In addition, the front grill now extends towards the headlights while a double C-clamp finish makes its way in the LED running lights. New grill finishes and designs will be available on each model, as well as six new wheel designs that will range from 17- to 22-inches in size.
Around the back, the 2018 F-150 gets a stamped “F-150” logo, tweaked taillights and a tailgate applique for the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited variants.
Aboard the pickup, new in-car features and safety systems were made available for the 2018 F-150. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go now comes as standard, along with pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and blind spot information system.
For amenities, the 2018 F-150 can now be specified with 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot that can support 10 mobile devices, optional B&O audio system, SYNC3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Andorid Auto and a 360-degree around-view camera.
As mentioned earlier, turbo-diesel power is now available for the 2018 F-150. It's a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 that is paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Output figures of the new powerplant was not yet released however.
Apart from the new turbo-diesel engine, Ford also introduced improved versions of the 2.7- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains, 5.0-liter V8 and a new naturally-aspirated 3.3-liter V6 which will serve as the entry-level powerplant. Like the diesel V6, official power figures of the tweaked engines have yet to be released. All of them will be married to a 10-speed automatic except for the 3.3-liter V6 which gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Ford F-150 will go on sale in the US by the end of the year. It will be produced at the automaker's Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, as well as in the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri.