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2018 Ford F-150 Sports A Sleek New Look, Along With Some New Engine Choices

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2018 Ford F-150

Ford has raised the bar again with the 2018 Ford F-150, making America’s best-selling truck even better by giving it a rugged facelift, more efficient gasoline EcoBoost V6 engines, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and for the first time in the truck’s 42-year history, a diesel engine option.

As you can see from these photos, the 2018 F-150 receives new grilles, headlamps and bumpers that create a visually wider and more planted stance and maximum differentiation between the series. Sport Package-equipped Lariat F-150s have the signature twin bars painted body color for a custom appearance.

2018 Ford F-150

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.

But changes to the 2018 F-150 extend far beyond aesthetics. The new F-150 introduces an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V6 engine, with direct-injection for increased efficiency. The 3.3-liter V6 is expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5-liter V6, despite having slightly lower displacement.

2018 Ford F-150

Other available engines include an updated 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, and an improved 5.0-liter V-8. Ford won’t be releasing horsepower or fuel economy figures for the updated engines until they achieve EPA certification.

But its the availability of an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that has people buzzing. The engine was designed, engineered and tested in-house, and this marks the first-ever diesel engine offered for F-150. Drivers should appreciate the diesel engine’s load-hauling torque and on-road efficiency.

2018 Ford F-150

In addition to the segment-first 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.

On the tech front, there’s an enhanced adaptive cruise control system that features stop-and-go functionality (using radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles – even following a vehicle down to a complete stop). A pre-collision system with pedestrian detection is now available as well.

2018 Ford F-150 interior

There’s also an optional 4G LTE modem with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, which allows customers to connect up to 10 devices at one time. And a new B&O PLAY audio system takes advantage of high-end speakers, sound and tuning to deliver a richer, more engaging listening experience.

All in all, we think Ford really knocked it out of the park with the 2018 F-150, which goes on sale this fall.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."