2017 NAIAS: 2018 Ford F-150 comes to Detroit with important updates image

There’s something for everyone when selecting the recently upgraded 2018 F-150, with the best selling truck of America adopting fresh looks, packing even more technology and also optioning a diesel engine.

The aluminum body F-150 was introduced just three years ago – signaling a revolution in the segment – and now it’s time for Ford to bring in the very first upgrade at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The major changes can be seen in the front, where a new grille and changes to the headlight styling are of first notice. “We want to show real harmony between Super Duty and F-150,” Ford designer Gordon Platto comments. The front has thus been reworked for a more bolder stance, the grille extending into the headlamp clusters, and a double C-clamp look for the LED running lights. No less than seven new grilles, six new wheel designs and three new appliqués for the tailgate will be available from the 2018 model year.

The lineup will also be offered with five engines – the main novelty being of course the introduction of a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, hooked to the 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain option will become available next summer, so details are scarce at the moment. There’s also a new entry-level engine – 3.3-liter V6 coming with 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque – while the others, 2.7- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost six-cylinders, and the 5.0-liter V8 will gain the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Start stop tech is available on all of them, and Ford also upgraded the safety and infotainment technology. New for the fullsize pickup segment are the pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go functionality. The upgraded truck is also treated to 4G LTE internet connectivity, a B&O Play high-end audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and others.