The Ford F-150 will get a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year. Along with a new grille reminiscent of the latest generation of Super Duty models, the vehicle will gain a new collision mitigation system, an updated V6 and its first-ever diesel variant.
The look of the truck will remain much the same as before. However, revised headlamps and grilles will offer a wider stance compared to the outgoing model. On Lariat versions with the optional Sport Package, the grilles will be body-painted for a more unique look. Options for customization will be plentiful and will include six new wheel designs as large as 22".
Inside the cabin, the F-150 will gain two new colors: Dark Marsala on the Platinum trims and Navy Pier on the range-topping Limited. Like some of its competitors, the F-150 will now feature 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. As before, the truck will be offered with optional SYNC 3 for enhanced voice recognition with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Under the hood, the F-150 will continue to feature an array of engines to suit every task. The standard engine will be an updated 3.3-liter V6 that Ford expects to produce 282 hp with 253 lb-ft of torque— the same figures as the outgoing 3.5-liter V6.
The truck will also gain a second-generation of the automaker's popular 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. In addition, the range-topping 5.0-liter V8 will see updates that improve output. Both engines will now be offered with the vehicle's 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time. All F-150 powerplants will feature start-stop capability for improved fuel economy.
Perhaps the most notable addition will be a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel. This will mark the first time that the F-150 has been offered with a diesel— a big potential selling point for buyers with towing needs.
Output hasn't been disclosed yet, but are expected to be competitive with the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. For reference, the RAM's 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel is rated at 240 hp with 420 lb-ft of torque, can tow up to 7,920 lbs and has an EPA highway rating of up to 29 mpg.
In terms of safety, the F-150 will feature an available pre-collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection. This will be a rare first for the model and indeed the full-size truck segment. Other notable features include an optional blind spot warning system and 360-degree camera for enhanced driving confidence.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Ford F-150 will go on sale this fall. Based on our analysis, special offers for the 2017 model have been quite attractive, with the biggest discounts on XLT versions with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and Luxury Chrome Package.
Official 2018 pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2017 F-150 starts at $28,025 with destination and ranges up to $64,515 for the top-spec Limited model.
Quite a bit further down the line, Ford has revealed it will produce an F-150 Hybrid by 2020.
Please check back for updates closer to launch.
Pictured: 2018 F-150