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.
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