Not one to rest on the laurels of the massively hot-selling F-150 pickup (yes, it still leads all vehicle sales in Canada) Ford has gone back to the drawing board and added some styling tweaks, as well as a new turbodiesel six-cylinder, originally developed for the Land Rover Range Rover. Yep, you read that right: a pickup with Range Rover power. Never thought we’d see the day.
On the surface, the new C-clamp style headlights borrowed from the Super Duty pickups, as well as a newly-shaped, body-coloured grille, make for a strong yet lithe appearance.
Not much has changed in the interior over the outgoing model on the aesthetic front – two new interior colours are pretty much all that’s being added – but a host of new technology additions make for an F-150 that Ford’s calling its smartest ever.
Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection (a segment first); and embedded 4G LTE WiFi join available Bang and Olufsen PLAY audio to make for a luxurious truck, too.
If diesel power isn’t your thing, the 2018 F-150 will also get a new 3.3-litre naturally-aspirated V6 in place of the old truck’s 3.5-litre option; it’s good for 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, both figures equal to the old engine’s, but will offer better efficiency thanks to direct-injection.
In addition to the new diesel engine, the real story on the powertrain front is the standard fitment of an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission on both the 2.7-litre and 3.5-litre EcoBoost models, as well as the 5.0-litre V8 and diesel engines. No towing figures have yet been released by Ford, but Ford is claiming the ’18 F-150 will be able to tow more than any F-150 before it.
Look for pricing as the ’18 F-150 starts production in summer of this year.