Ever since Ford introduced its light duty series trucks buyers have had to choose between gasoline engines and gasoline engines. That’s changing for 2018 and it’s a major step forward for the United States’ best-selling truck.
In their quest to stay ahead of the competition and hold on to their prize, Ford is offering a brand spanking new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel, something never before offered in the F150, to complement an updated 5.0 V-8 and an all-new 2.7-liter second generation EcoBoost V6. All engines are bolted to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, a first for the segment.
There are a few external updates to differentiate this year from the last, including a new tailgate, though nothing most casual observers would notice.
In the “trucks are getting more and more like cars” category, Ford lavishes the new F-150 with a lot of options when it comes to technology. Pedestrian detection, pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise with stop-and-go function, lane-keeping and even a blind spot monitor that takes into account a trailer up to thirty three feet long, a big bonus for those who use their trucks to do truck things.
The new F-150 should start showing up on lots sometime during the fall, 2017.