Ford is pushing gasoline economic system and towing capabilities with the 2018 F-150, insisting that the aluminum-bodied truck can supply the most effective of each worlds. Detailed in the present day, the up to date F-150 can credit score Ford‘s second-generation EcoBoost engine for the economic system enchancment. That lastly nudges metropolis miles per gallon into the twenties – albeit solely simply.
The entry-level Three.Three-liter V6 has been up to date, with torque up 12 lb-ft. over final yr to 265 lb-ft. Its economic system has nudged up, too, with Ford saying it’ll do 2 mpg higher in four×2 configuration general, whereas the four×four model will get some extent enchancment within the metropolis and mixed. Nonetheless, if you’d like the most effective numbers, you then want an EcoBoost.
Ford affords three of these on the 2018 F-150. The two.7-liter affords the identical 325 HP as earlier than, however torque is up 25 lb-ft. to 400 lb-ft. On the four×2 mannequin, you’re 20 mpg within the metropolis, 26 mpg on the freeway, and 22 mpg mixed. The four×four does barely worse, with 19 mpg within the metropolis, 24 mpg on the freeway, and 21 mpg mixed. As commonplace, it’s paired with Ford’s 10-speed automated transmission.
If it’s most towing you’re fascinated by, thoughts, you’ll want the bigger of the EcoBoost pair. Ford’s second-gem Three.5-liter turbocharged engine is now rated for 13,200 kilos of towing capability – finest in its class, Ford crows – and affords a diesel-besting 470 lb-ft. of torque. It’s virtually 1,000 kilos extra towing potential in comparison with the outgoing mannequin, certainly, although there aren’t any economic system enhancements not like with the smaller EcoBoost.
That’s to not say Ford is eschewing diesel altogether. Come the spring, the 2018 F-150 will likely be provided with a homegrown Three.Zero-liter Energy Stroke turbo diesel V6. No phrase on energy or economic system for the brand new engine, thoughts. It’s not Ford’s solely uncommon powertrain determination both, with plans for an electrified F-150 hybrid in 2020.
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In the meantime, 2018 additionally brings some added extras for the pickup. There’s a brand new adaptive cruise management system with assist for bringing the F-150 to a whole cease, as a paid improve, together with pre-collision help with pedestrian detection. A 4G LTE modem with WiFi hotspot is obtainable as an choice too, together with a B&O PLAY audio system.
Throw in some styling tweaks, and also you’ve obtained Ford’s play for the 2018 truck phase. Pricing for the up to date mannequin hasn’t been detailed but, although it’ll arrive in dealerships this fall.