Ford doesn’t have many empty squares left on their 2017 calendar. A week after announcing their plans for electric, hybrid, and autonomous vehicles, the company announced some big changes coming to the 2018 F-150 engine.
Ford is introducing a 3.3L V6 into the lineup, while their 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is set to add port- and direct-injection. The most exciting introduction to the 2018 F-150, however, will be the new Power Stroke diesel engine. This 3.0L engine will be Ford’s first diesel F-150 ever. As a complement to the new lightweight aluminum body, the diesel variant should provide better fuel economy when towing a heavy payload. Despite continued dominance as North America’s best-selling truck overall, Ford has yet to compete for perennial diesel buyers. While they haven’t released the engine’s exact power or fuel economy, it would be safe to assume Ford will be planning to combine class-leading capability in both categories, to ensure their foray into the diesel market is worthwhile.
The introduction of diesel, of course, is not the only change coming to the new-model F-150. Stylistic changes will include new headlamps, tail lamps, grilles, and bumpers. Performance and entertainment features being introduced include:
After Ford redesigned the F-150 for 2015, no one expected major changes this soon. The early adjustments prove Ford isn’t resting on their laurels. The 2018 F-150 will be available to purchase in the fall.