Staying Ahead of the Styling Curve
The exterior isn’t changing much, but because the truck market competition is growing increasingly fierce, it’s pretty likely the F-150 will continue to adapt to keep its dominance as the biggest selling vehicle in America.
Tweaks for 2018 run across all trim levels, including a new grille and headlamps that are reminiscent of the recently updated Super Duty models. The twin grille bars on the 2018 F-150 Lariat trims that are equipped with the Sport package will now be body-colored, while all models get new taillights and a more sculpted tailgate with a smart-looking F-150 logo stamped into it. The King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are enhanced with a new horizontal appliqué on the tailgate to set them apart from lower models in the lineup, and no less than six all-new wheel designs (ranging in size from 17 to 22 inches) will be available.
Tweaking the Interior
Interior styling isn’t seeing a lot of earth-shattering enhancements, unless a pair of new trim colors for the seats thrill you. The Platinum now gets a Dark Marsala option, while the Limited trim now has a Navy Pier color theme available. Sport and Lariat Sport versions of the 2018 Ford F-150 can be ordered with faux-carbon-fiber appliqués, while the King Ranch will get new trim-specific seats appropriately called Kingsville.
Amping the Tech
The 2018 Ford F-150 is amping up the tech options, with upgraded safety features and some sweet options for passengers. The adaptive cruise control system has been upgraded so it will now be able to bring the F-150 to a total stop in heavy traffic, and a new pre-collision-assist system with pedestrian detection is now available. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will be an option to allow passengers to connect up to 10 wireless devices inside the Ford, and a high-quality Bang & Olufsen audio system ramps up the entertainment options further. Important, advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and a 360-degree camera remain available, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all stay.
Big, Powerful Changes
This news is what most truck owners have been waiting for-the 2018 Ford F-150 is rumored to be introducing a 3.0-liter V-6 Power Stroke diesel engine to the lineup. This diesel will join a new direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 which is being introduced to replace the current 3.5-liter V-6, which is expected to produce the same power and torque while improving fuel-efficiency. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 will come in a new second-generation form with port and direct-injection technology, the 5.0-liter V-8 is upgraded to deliver more horsepower and torque, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 continues unmolested. All EcoBoost V-6s and V-8s will also be paired with Ford’s excellent new 10-speed automatic transmission already seen in the sensational F-150 Raptor.
It’s hard to imagine a better Ford F-150, but the 2018 model is trying to achieve it, with tweaked styling, impressive tech, and, most impressively, a new diesel engine!