TSC Ford Specialist is the repair company you need to know if you own a Ford, and today we share what you need to know about Ford’s new 2018 F-150 diesel. As the specialists in all Ford makes and models, we are excited about it and think you will be too! These tough Ford-built trucks are made in Michigan and Missouri and will be available in the fall of 2017.
The most significant change is the Ford engine options. They are as follows:
- 3L V 6. This is the base engine and the V6 shrinks from 3.5 to 3.3 liters, but the base power remains high at 282 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque.
- 0L V8 “COYOTE.” This is an updated version with even more power and torque, but unfortunately, there is not much more info on the details. I guess we will have to wait and see what is under that hood! We do know, however, that the Coyote will be paired with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
- 7L ECOBOOST V6. The second generation of the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, featuring the dual fuel injection system, just like the 3.5L EcoBoost. The port and direct injection technology are said to increase fuel efficiency as well as allow for a power boost. There are no power specs as of yet but expect it to be a bit higher than the 325 HP and 375 lb-ft of torque. This will also be paired with the 10-speed automatic.
- 5L ECOBOOST V6. The 2018 version is largely unchanged. It continues to be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
- 0L POWER STROKE V6 DIESEL. This is what all the rumors were concerning. The 2018 Ford F-150 is getting a turbo-diesel V6 engine option. These are similar to the ones in Europe called DuraTorq. We will get more details very soon, but we can expect the power output to be higher than the 240 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque, from the 3.0L diesel, in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Ford’s 3.0L Power Stroke will also be paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission.
And let’s talk a little bit about what’s inside….the Dark Marsala deep, rich color for F-150 Platinum is sleek and fit for a king. Carbon fiber appearance appliques on F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport models add a racy edge, and the new Kingsville Appointed seats for the F-150 King Ranch boast comfort galore. There is so much technology and enhancements, it’s hard to keep from drooling, including adaptive cruise control that’s radar AND camera-based, pre-collision alert, 4G LTE wifi, and a Bang & Olufsen PLAY audio system, which is optional. Also available is SYNC 3 with FordPass which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
As for the outside, the whole truck will undergo a makeover, the grille, lamps, fascia panel, and the bumper is all new. You won’t see any changes however to the hood and fenders. These grilles also have many options such as molded black, painted argent, chromed, nickel-finished, body-colored, and combinations of everything mentioned. The bumper even takes a dive down to accommodate the new grilles, and a new body-color fascia panel separates grilles from the bumper. Unique and a stylish look indeed!
Continuing, you will get taller headlamps to bracket around these bigger grilles, now featuring a pair of light-piped C-clamp details above and below the beam with turn signal lamps in between. Upper trim levels will see LED illumination. And let’s talk about “boots” for this truck, the wheel choices are impressive, including six new ones—one 17-inch, one 18-inch, three 20-inch, and one 22-inch design. What you may really notice as new and different is the restyled tailgate, which coming in two varieties. The lower trim levels will get a creased look with F-150 embossed across the lower portion.
The F-150’s aluminum body and the box will not alter its look, but there are likely some other changes that Ford is keeping pretty quiet on. There may be a trailer hitch update where the receiver mounts to the frame, which seems to be coming from the strong 2017 Super Duty. The F-150 will be available in XL, STX, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims, and of course, the Raptor is still holding strong. Here is hoping for more info on this later in the year.
On a safety note, there’s pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and as a driver intervention, it will automatically brake the truck to prevent or lessen any impact on its own. The adaptive cruise control system now accommodates stop-and-go traffic jam cruising, which is an added touch and makes driving a breeze. The above-mentioned cruise control system can also bring the truck to a full stop with traffic in front, then pull away when it starts moving again – without the driver touching the pedals.
PRICE: Although it is not known at this time exactly what the sticker price will be on this new beefy truck. For the most part, it looks like you will be paying roughly the same as the current F-150’s, but with some small price adjustments because of trim levels, new carbon fiber accents and upgrades. The base price should come in at around $26,000 to $27,000, while the Limited versions will be around $60,000. Colors for the exterior look like they will come in navy, silver, black, and red thus far.
Here is what you will LOVE about the 2018 Ford F-150
-New turbo diesel option
-10-speed auto and powerful engines
Here is what you maybe WON’T LOVE about the 2018 Ford F-150
-Too big for some people
-Pricey with all the extra options
So, there you have it! You are now up to date on what you need to know about Ford’s new 2018 F-150 diesel trucks. Now the fun part starts; head on out and test drive one of these durable and rugged trucks to get a feel for it yourself. Perhaps it is time to upgrade or trade in, and now is the best time to do your research and pick out the right truck for you and your lifestyle. In the meantime, let TSC Ford Specialist be there to maintain and answer any Ford questions you may have along the way. We would love to help out, and we LOVE everything Ford!