Ford has given the mighty F-150 a facelift for 2018 and apart for a new front end and lots of tech, the pick-up will also be available with a diesel engine.
The current gen model debuted three years ago all the talk back then was the new aluminium body, and now it has been redesigned and features a new look grille and headlights. The front fascia is bigger and bolder, the grille shapes extend into the headlight clusters, and it has a double C-clamp design for the LED running lights. There are to be several new grilles in fact - some will be body coloured, some will be chromed, and some will have a mesh finish some mesh along with six new wheel designs (they’ll range from 17in to 22in), and three new appliqués for the tailgate (for King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models). At the back, it gets new lighting elements and a restyled tailgate.
As for the cabin, there are now some new seating trim options; The F-150 Platinum gets Dark Marsala, while the F-150 Limited has Navy Pier. The F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport get carbon-fibre style trim while the F-150 King Ranch has new Kingsville Appointed seats. It will also pack some new safety and infotainment technology such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go functionality. It also gets 4G LTE internet connectivity, a Bang & Olufsen high-end audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The base 3.5-litre V6 has been replaced with a 3.3 which will be mated to a six-speed automatic while the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-litre V8 have been upgraded and will have a new ten-speed auto but the big news is that the newbie can be had with a new 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel. Not that we’ll be getting that here. The 3.3-litre - with port and direct fuel injection - is expected to offer around 282 horsepower. There are no official figures for the 2.7-litre EcoBoost or the 5.0-litre – the latter which switches to spray-bore cylinder liners like those used on the Mustang's 5.0-litre – but more will be revealed when the truck is officially revealed at the Detroit motor show tomorrow.