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Detroit 2017: New 2018 Ford F-150 adds diesel engine, more tech

The 2018 Ford F-150, unveiled yesterday at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, just got a major mid-cycle update that makes it even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable than ever.

From base XL to top-of-the-line Limited, all Ford F-150 models receive new grilles, headlamps, and bumpers that create a visually wider and more planted stance and maximum differentiation between the series. Additionally, six all-new wheel designs ranging from 17”-22” in diameter are available. Inside, two new seating trim colours (Dark Marsala and Navy Pier) as well as new trim offerings (including carbon fibre-looking appliques) can be specified depending on the model.

There’s so much more to talk about, of course. Notably, the 2018 Ford F-150 advances technology by offering adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection—both segment firsts. Similar to GM trucks, an available embedded 4G LTE modem provides a Wi-Fi hot spot and allows customers to connect up to 10 mobile devices at a time. Let’s not forget the new available B&O PLAY audio system delivering premium sound quality.

Under the hood, the 2018 Ford F-150 introduces an all-new standard 3.3L V6 engine with direct injection for increased efficiency. It is expected to produce the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5L unit.

An all-new, second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost V6 features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction, and improved robustness—all for improved levels of output, efficiency, quality, and durability. Like the 3.5L EcoBoost, it will be paired to the segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Same thing for the naturally aspirated 5.0L V8, which also sees improvements for 2018 aimed at increasing power and torque.

That being said, the engine on everyone’s lips so far has been the all-new 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V6—the first-ever diesel engine offered with this truck. Output has yet to be specified, however.

What’s more, the 2018 Ford F-150 will become the first full-size pickup truck to add automatic start/stop technology as standard equipment across all models and engines when it goes on sale this fall.