The 2018 Ford F-150 made it’s debut today at the North American International Auto Show. The big highlights for the 2018 MY include a refreshed front fasica and rear tailgate section, along with the addition of a new 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 diesel motor.
However, the secretive V6 diesel won’t be available until Summer 2018, while the refreshed 2018 F-150 starts production in the Fall of 2017. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the diesel motor, but we know that Ford brands it as a Powerstroke, which is a version of the ‘Lion’ diesel that Ford builds for Jaguar Land Rover products, but we think that the kind of output it offers in other applications, such as in Range Rovers – the 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel makes 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, so figure at least that much for the F-150’s version. We do question the role it plays in contrast to the current tow-capable, diesel-esque 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that is already offered as the premium motor option in the new F-150.
The 5.0-liter V8 is switching to a spray-bore cylinder liner, like those used on the Mustang’s 5.0l Coyote motor; that will reduce weight and along with other efficiency improvements and the 10-speed automatic will lead to undisclosed power and efficiency improvements. Expect the all new 10-speed auto to be mated to all available motor options, including the 5.0l V8.
We’ll keep you posted as more information rolls in.