2018 Ford F-150 Gets Diesel Option, Auto Start/Stop, Crash-Avoiding Cruise

2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks go head-to-head with Ram's 3.0-L diesel power, add a 2.7-L EcoBoost V6 option and radar/camera-assisted cruise control adapts to traffic to avoid collisions

2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150
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Three years after first introducing the aluminum-alloy-bodied Ford F-150 pickup truck, the 2018 F-150 arrives with improved engine options, including the truck's first diesel choice, and advanced technologies including available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

New engines include a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel and enhanced V6 and V8 gas engines. The new standard 3.3-liter V6 engine, with direct-injection for increased efficiency is expected to offer the same 282 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5-liter V6.

A second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine 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 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.

The 5.0-liter V8 also sees improvements in 2018, as the naturally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for increased power and torque. It’s also paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time.

In addition to the 10-speed automatic, the Ford F-150 is now the first full-size pickup truck to add automatic start/stop as standard equipment across all models and engines.

Ford F-150 advances the light-duty pickup truck segment again with technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, while keeping occupants connected to the world around them.

  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality allows drivers to set a cruising speed. They then use radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles – even following a vehicle down to a complete stop.
  • Available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection helps the driver avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Available embedded 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot, customers can connect up to 10 mobile devices at one time, virtually anywhere.
  • B&O PLAY available audio system takes advantage of high-end speakers, sound and tuning to deliver a richer, more engaging listening experience.

These technologies join existing segment-exclusive driver assist and convenience features that include:

  • Available SYNC and SYNC 3 with FordPass enables compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – plus mobility services
  • Available 360-degree camera technology helps improve driver confidence when parking and can help reduce stress when connecting a trailer – allowing customers to see more so they can focus on specific tasks such as lining up a hitch
  • Available lane-keeping system is designed to help reduce unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended lane
  • Available Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow technology is optimized for F-150 to include the length of a trailer up to 33 ft.; BLIS uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver

From 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. On the Sport Package-equipped Lariat F-150, the signature twin bars are painted body color. The F-150 also features six all-new wheel designs, ranging from 17 to 22 in.

A new sculpted tailgate with deeper accent form and stamped “F-150” are flanked by new tail lamp designs. For further style differentiation, a tailgate applique adds a horizontal element to King Ranch, Platinum and Limited versions.

The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

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