The pickup and SUV segments are some of the most competitive markets of the auto industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the United States, where everyone needs to come up with updates every single year.
Ford is keeping things in check for two of its most important model lines as it upgrades the 2018 model year F-150 and new Expedition, the most important changes having to do with the addition of powertrain technology. This year the F-Series scored the incredible honor of being America’s top selling truck series for four decades uninterrupted, and Ford is not keeping still in a bid to maintain the supremacy. Stop and start technology is now standard on all engines, and many get increased power. The smallest 2018 F-150 now comes with a new 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 instead of the older 3.5-liter version – and via the use of dual-port and direct injection it comes with enhanced power and torque. The new engine delivers 290 horsepower (216 kilowatts) and 265 pound-feet (359 Newton-meters) of torque, up 8 hp (6kW) and 12 lb-ft (16 Nm).
The 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 is also updated and now has 25 additional lb-ft (34 Nm) of torque for a grand total of 400 lb-ft (542 Nm). The engine can be paired to the new 10-speed automatic. The same technology mix for the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 lends 395 hp (295 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) – another 10 hp (7 kW) and 13 lb-ft (18 Nm). Ford is also giving up some details about the new 2018 Expedition – the XL, XLT, and Limited trims get the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 to deliver 375 hp (280 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) with 87-octane fuel. For the flagship Platinum model the same engine has 400 hp (298 kW) and 480 lb-ft (651 Nm) with 93-octane fuel – 35 hp (26 kW) and 60 lb-ft (81 Nm) more than the previous generation.