2018 Ford F-150 Debuts with New Diesel Engine and More Tech


Just ahead of its hometown auto show in Detroit, the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 was revealed with more technology, a new diesel engine, and a segment-first 10-speed transmission.

The biggest news with the 2018 Ford F-150 is the availability of an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel engine, which marks the first time the popular pickup is offered with a diesel. Although output for this new engine has not been fully revealed, expect it to be both fuel efficient and well-suited for towing.

The refreshed truck also replaces the base 3.5-liter V6 with a more efficient 3.3L unit that is expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque as the engine it replaces. The second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost also gets tweaked for better efficiency, more output, and better durability and will be paired with the new 10-speed transmission. Not to be left out, the 5.0L V8 also gets upgraded for higher output and will also be hooked up to the new 10-speed. Ford has not yet announced specific output for the upgraded engines but has confirmed that stop/start will be standard on all F-150s.

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A hybrid F-150 has also been confirmed to arrive in 2020.

In the looks department, the F-150 gets some tweaks to the front and rear styling with a new grille, new headlights, tail lights, and revised bumpers that combine to give the truck a wider, more planted stance. The tailgate also gets a new look and the truck gets six new wheel designs.


Bringing the truck up to speed on the safety front, the 2018 Ford F-150 finally gets available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring optimized for trailering, a 360-degree camera (sure to help with parking and hooking up a trailer), and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

A 4G LTE wifi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices is also available, and SYNC and SYNC3 also enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The 2018 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall, which is when pricing will also be announced.

  • Don Williams

    hopefully the diesel is usa compliat

  • smartacus

    i’m impressed.
    the 2nd gen 2.7 is getting more power and efficiency, AND durability?
    AAAND paired with the new 10-speed transmission?

  • Gregory Faulkner

    If they wish to sell it, it is.

  • Gregory Faulkner

    The V8 too. And all gas engines will be dual injection only one year after that technology is introduced in the 3.5 Ecoboost. Their engineers are working overtime. I thought that, considering their big technological lead with respect to real automotive technologies; not wi-fi and other crap, that they would refresh the front and back, give us the diesel, add wi-fi, and be done for another year or two. But no…They’re updating three gas engines, and adding the rumored diesel. They’ll likely increase their lead on the others with respect to gas engine mpg, as they’ll likely eek up for the three updated gas engines, and the new PowerStroke will take down Ram Ecodiesel in power and FE. I guess the best never rests!

  • Don Williams

    we’ll see what the EPA says once they get into production.
    ’cause FCA wants to sell a bunch of ECO diesels too.
    but EPA has them sitting on boats instead of in trucks.

  • Don Williams

    yeah durability? how did they know within 1 yr that the 2.7 is not durable?
    they must have been loaded up with too many bags of groceries

  • smartacus

    they can perform wear measurements on a test bench.

  • Abdullah

    2.7 liter twin-turbo ? In other words a shameless half-assed ripoff of an Audi 2.7tt 30-valve engine from B5/C5 platforms. The Audi variant was good for ~400 bhp and 450 tq. Wonder what the Ford will be able to squeeze out.

  • teesquare

    No thinking person here actually believes in such a thing as “rip off” . In the real world Abby Dullard, one only needs to look at every car manufacturer and see that when ONE of them figures out a good thing…then ALL the others will follow suit in a relatively short period of time. It’s called free -market competition. And – it is a good thing for all of us.

  • mra400ex

    Google the “Ford F150 Ecoboost Torture test” and it will tell how much it is tested back in 2011. Several friends have newer F150s and say the motor is great.

  • Jerry Antonetti

    Trump will slap the EPA back into the real world,….where they should be and a new beginning will to hummmmmmm.

  • jug

    Did for me!
    Now really happy with the ED Ram!
    Ford, RIP!

  • Henry

    I’d like to see the Audi tow 10,000 pounds up a 7% grade with 100 degree temperatures.

  • Abdullah

    Talk to me after that engine/trans combo hit 100k miles. I have owned, maintained and tuned a dozen twin-turbo cars – mechanic’s view summary is they are a clusterfuck of heat and leaks. Two turbos create a crap ton of heat – Audi manages it with efficient intercoolers and EXTRA radiators, I have yet to see a Ford engine (and I personally own everything from 289-390 to 7.3 PSD) manage the shit ton of cramped engine heat gracefully. If I want to tow 20,000lbs up a 10% grade in AZ summer – I use my 7.3PSD, hell even the 6.7 PSD.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    I have a 2011 Ecoboost FX4 that has 101k miles on it with nothing done to it except oil and filters, air filters and plugs. I switched it over to a Euro oil (Castrol Edge 0w40) after the warranty went away and that’s it. Best truck I ever owned. I live at 5600ft elevation and it’ll hit 100mph so fast that when the computer shuts it down, it feels like brakes were slammed on. Since they came out I’ve had 4 EB vehicles, the latest one in the wife’s ’17 Expedition.
    No problems with any of them. If I ever decide to replace my FX4 I’m going to order a single cab, 6.5′ bed XL with the 2.7 and 3:73 gears. Should prove interesting…..

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Smartucus you’re right! So far the 2.7s have proven to be durable and, if hanging around the various Ford F-150 forums is any real indication, the 10 speed auto seems to be doing pretty good too ( however the longevity jury is still out). I’d rather have a small engine pumped up to produce power when needed that falls back to being a small engine when not needed than a big engine that relies on cylinder deactivation to achieve gas mileage. Honda, GM have had their fair share of cylinder deactivation woes to keep me away from them. On a Honda Odyssey forum there’s a company that sells a cylinder deactivation deactivator to make the thing run on 6 cylinders 24/7 – real popular seller from what can tell.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ford cut the naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 F150 base engine in favor of the turbo’d 2.3 engine in the Mustang tuned for truck duty. In the Mustang it produces more torque than the NA 3.5 so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them do it. That 4 cylinder in the huge engine bay of an F150 would make for lots of room when maintaining it.