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August 13, 2017

Although the Ford F-150 will not get any significant upgrades for the 2018 model year, it will offer a few strong powertrain improvements.

With five engine choices across the lineup, Ford makes the new-for-2017 10-speed transmission available with every engine, in most cases delivering a 1 mpg improvement in EPA city or highway ratings.

Additionally, the two naturally aspirated engines — the all-new 3.3-liter V-6 and enhanced 5.0-liter V-8 Coyote — will be offered with dual-port direct injection, which gives them both significant horsepower and torque improvements over the engines that filled those slots last year.

Naturally Aspirated Engine Outputs

  • 3.3-liter V-6 with dual-port direct injection: 290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, 265 pounds-feet of torque @ 4,000 rpm; fuel economy improves 1 mpg city/highway and 2 mpg combined for 4x2s, and 1 mpg city/combined for 4x4s
  • 5.0-liter V-8 with dual-port direct injection: 395 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 400 pounds-feet of torque @ 4,500 rpm; fuel economy improves 2 mpg city and 1 mpg highway/combined for 4x2s, and 1 mpg city/highway/combined for 4x4s[JB3]

Twin-Turbo EcoBoost Engine Outputs

  • 2.7-liter V-6 with direct injection: 325 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 400 pounds-feet of torque @ 2,750 rpm; fuel economy improves 1 mpg city for 4x2s and 1 mpg city/highway/combined for 4x4s
  • 3.5-liter V-6 with direct injection: 375 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 470 pounds-feet of torque @ 3,500 rpm
  • High-output 3.5-liter V-6 with direct injection: 450 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 510 pounds-feet of torque @ 3,500 rpm[JB5]

Even with a five-engine lineup, the 2018 Ford F-150 initially will lack a diesel offering, but we're hearing that's coming in 2018. When that happens, it will give the Ford half ton a significant leg up on the competition before the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500 debut as all-new pickups for the 2019 model year.

We'll have more to come up about how the 2018 F-150 drives once we get behind the wheel, so stay tuned.

Written By: Mark Williams | August 10, 2017

Source: news.pickuptrucks.com

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