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2018 Ford F-150 & Expedition: Better Performance and Fuel Efficiency

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V6 engines are now found in 75% of Ford F-150 pickups sold in North America, so it will please many to learn that Ford will be offering more capable and fuel-efficient versions of its V6 in the new 2018 F-150, scheduled to hit the market this coming autumn.

Offered as the standard engine, the new 3.3L V6 with direct injection delivers 8 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque more than the old 3.5L V6. And while its official fuel consumption figures have not yet been announced, Ford is promising improved fuel economy.

The available second-generation 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, meanwhile, provides 25 lb-ft more torque, at a lower RPM than a conventional V8. But the biggest news for 2018 is the addition of the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel V6 engine, a first for the Ford F-150. This version will be available starting next spring.

As for the 5.0L V8, which has also been upgraded for the 2018 Ford F-150, notably by the addition of direct injection, it generates 10 extra horses and 13 more lb-ft of torque.

All of these engines are wedded to the only 10-speed automatic transmission available in the category, and come with a standard stop/start function.

More into SUVs? You may already know that the 2018 Ford Expedition, also expected to hit the market this fall, has been extensively redesigned and updated. Using regular gasoline, its new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 produces 375 hp (an increase of 10) and 470 lb-ft of torque (up by 50); when drinking premium gasoline, the Platinum version brings these numbers up to 400 hp (+35) and 480 lb-ft (+60).

The Expedition will also feature a 10-speed automatic gearbox and automatic stop/start functionality.