2018 Ford F-150 Preview

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By Aaron Bragman

Competes with: Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra

Looks like: Super Duty light

Powertrains: Standard all-new 3.3-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; optional 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost, 5.0-liter V-8 or turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, all with a10-speed automatic; rear-wheel or four-wheel drive

Hits dealers: Fall 2017

The 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit seems to be the place to see the latest updated versions of the country's best-selling vehicles this year, as Ford is taking the wraps off of its refreshed full-size half-ton pickup. The 2018 Ford F-150 debuts here this week with some new styling, new wheels, new leather colors, a couple new features and perhaps most significantly — a new optional diesel engine.


The biggest changes come to the front of the F-150, which sees its grille, bumper and headlights replaced with newly styled versions. The horse-collar look is gone, replaced by what Ford calls a "twin I-beam" grille (not to be confused with the old twin I-beam suspension found under the front of every Ford Ranger and Explorer in years past).

While the 2018 doesn't add new trim levels, the designers worked hard to differentiate the trims that already exist. So now there's a very different look between "low-series" trims XL, XLT and the STX Appearance Package, and the "high-series" trims of Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. Seven new grilles have been tooled up, but even more variations can be created via paint, chrome and plating options.

New headlights with an updated "double C-clamp" LED profile replacing the larger one-piece units seen on the current F-150; that LED is duplicated in the taillights.

New wheels ranging from 17 to 22 inches are available, depending on trim level.

Out back, a new tailgate with a stamped F-150 logo comes on lower trims, while three new appliques are used on higher trims without that stamped-in identifier.


Inside, not much has changed. The shapes are the same, but high-level trims get some new leather color options and the King Ranch gets new seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now compatible with the available Sync 3 multimedia system, while a premium B&O Play audio system is now available, the first appearance of the system in a Ford product. Aside from these slight changes, the interior remains the same spacious, airy cabin that it has been.

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Under the Hood

There are a variety of powertrains available for the F-150, starting with a new base engine and transmission combination. An all-new 3.3-liter V-6 gas engine replaces the previous 3.5-liter motor, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The combination reportedly delivers the same power and torque as the outgoing V-6, but with better fuel economy (exact numbers will be released closer to the on-sale date, according to Ford). Up from that are an optional twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost or a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine, all mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission (the six-speed is for the 3.3-liter V-6 only). Ford is promising more power and torque across the range, while maintaining or bettering fuel economy for each engine.

New to the lineup will be a light-duty turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, used in some of Ford's European vehicles, also mated only to the 10-speed automatic. No fuel-economy numbers were made available for this engine yet as it is still pending EPA certification, but Ford did say that this motor will not arrive until summer of 2018.


Full stop-and-go ability has been added to the F-150's optional distance-keeping cruise control, enabling the vehicle to brake itself to a stop in traffic and start up again. Available precollision sensing assist with a pedestrian detection function warns the driver of an impending collision before acting autonomously to brake the vehicle if need be.

Ford says the 2018 F-150 will appear in dealerships in the fall of 2017. To check out our first impression, click here

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The rear is not bad but the front is nope...

Have FORD placed enough buttons and knobs on the center dash? Which button calls the tow truck?

I am digging the new styling. Front looks a lot more finished than the 2015-2017s F-150s and better than the Silverado. It addresses some of issues with the current trucks. Add in the new 5L and 10 speed and I am probably looking at my next truck. Good job Ford.

Go ford your the best and we don't care what the haters have to say @ GMSRJUNK bro stop bashing and stop been jelous go make fun of you garage motors company they need a clown on their site.

I was hoping for the 3.7 V6 to make a come back. But nope. Ford again loves to shaft the public and push us into ecoturds. I had a 2013 3.7 and it has been rock solid. The 3.5 is lacking and the 3.3 will be worse.
Ford said 3.5 would be better than the 3.7 and it is not! I dont believe them when they say 3.3 will be same as 3.5.


That double bar grill reminds me of the GMT900 Silverado.

@BRONCO2020 -

Ford F150 durability ratings have been dropping. 2016 JD Power put the 2013 F150 dead last.
Consumer Reports did not recommend the F150.

Now CR does not recommend any pickup truck. F-150 was the last pickup to be recommended by them.

Chris - IIRC the Tundra gets a nod but the new Tacoma is a pile of crap. I don't tend to hold their driving tests in much regard. Their durability data is among the best in the industry.

It's sad how many people are fooled by Consumer Reports.

CR Subscribers have been down almost in half since the last 10 years and it's only their subscribers that rate the vehicles they own.

75% of CR Subscribers live on the east coast between NYC and Boston and these city dwellers don't own many full size pickups

CR has always been in love with Honda and Toyota and that will never change

CR never accounts for the large number of vehicles that were sold and the F-150 is the top seller so the higher number of those vehicles out there the higher number of problems will be reported.

CR rates pickups like cars and expect them to be a smooth, comfortable ride and handle like cars (all they talk about is how comfortable the drivers and passengers are)

I believe you guys understand your full size pickup isn't going to be as comfortable and as easy to drive as a car and CR fails to point out many of us don't own a pickup for that reason.

Thank God that Ford updated the front end. Huge improvement. Regarding the powertrain choices, Ford if offering everything but a big block V8. Ford customers deserve that option.

No earthly reason (Aside from CAFE and EPA) that Ford customers shouldn't have the option of a 6.5 or 7 litre engine.

A big block V8 with a 10 speed would get awesome fuel economy, and with start/stop electronics would even do well in local driving.

Meeh, diesel in summer of 2018, front from Chevy. Very revolutionary. LOL.


Posted by: BRONCO2020 | Jan 8, 2017 12:27:04 AM

The best at what?

Man looks like Ford try to copy as much of the Chevy and GMC as they could for the front of this truck. Has GMC hood style with a Chevy grill. The way the front bummer dips down for the grill.



Guess they figure if they try to look more like the #1 truck maker they could sell more LOL!!!!!

Ram had the bumper dip down first with the 2013 Ram.


The way the front bumper dips down for the grill. Hmmmm just like the 1999 f250/350.

Looks good. grill isn't lost like on the 2015

I like the brown leather interior as shown in the above picture. I do miss split bench seats with a column shifter but it seems like most manufacturers are getting away from bench seats. Maybe they will still offer bench seats with a column shifter on the lower trims. I also miss offering a manual transmission which seem to be only offered on the HD Ram and most midsize trucks in the base trim. I realize that the new automatics are more efficient but some of us prefer to row our own. Eventually there will not be any bench seats or manual transmissions but I am one that will miss them.

Ford had to do something with the sad looking 2015 - 2016 grille. The new grille is a hugh improvement and testament to Fords strategy of stealing styling cues from competing brands. Aka Chevy.

@Jeff S

I am convinced that Detroit is not bringing back the manual trans in half ton trucks, which leaves you with the prospect of renovating a 1990s Ford or Chevy half ton, or buying a newish mid sizer.

The Nissan Frontier is probably the best bet in that regard. GM twins don't offer a manual without settling for a 2.5 motor and Toyota Tacoma is not worth considering if you're over six feet tall.

The Frontier can be found with a 4 litre six cylinder and manual trans at reasonable prices but it's probably a special order (or late model used).

Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy. Number 2 fans are always sniping at #1 fans. It hasn't helped for 40 years....

If I could come back and live my life again I'd buy up all the GM service centers. That's where the money is. Based on my experience with GM, they spend far more time in for repairs than any of the Ford and Ram trucks I have owned in my 70 years.

Nice! Looking forward to hearing more about the 3L diesel.

I like the brown leather interior as shown in the above picture.

Posted by: Jeff S | Jan 8, 2017 9:11:51 AM

Yeah, I have been enjoying that shade of leather in my Silverado for a couple of years now. When ever I gas up and someone catches a glimpse of my interior, they feel the impulse to comment on how nice it looks. Now you Ford fans can enjoy that color. Another stolen chevy styling cue, it is endless.



Summer 2018 for the diesel is disappointing. It will be another year before we see final numbers. It should be able to pull every bit that the 3.5EB can, carry as much as the titan XD and beat the RAM Ecodiesel at the pump. W on all around.

@papa jim--Eventually there will be no manual transmissions. I am ok with the 2.5 I-4 in either the Base or Work trim. I am so use to my 99 S-10 with a 2.2 and 5 speed manual that it would not be a sacrifice except the interior in my S-10 is a little nicer with the top part of the door padded and the cloth seats being comfortable. Also would like a choice of gray or tan for an interior but I would be willing to take the black interior because I like the truck and I like the 6 speed manual. I am just glad that another choice in the midsize truck is available. I drive my 99 S-10 more than I do my 2008 with an automatic even though the 2008 is nicer. I prefer the driving experience of a manual and find that I am better driver. I find it as enjoyable as saving with a safety razor which I have learned to use--much better shave than a multiple blade razor and less expensive.

@ all the heaters I'm pretty sure ford didn't copy shaky and I know why? all the heaters see a shaky on the red ford f150 because they realize looks way better than the shaky. FORD IS THE BEST AND IS GOING TO BE NO MATTER WHAT ALL THE HATERS TALK KEEP DREAMING AND WISHING!!!!!.

@BRONCO2020--Do you mean haters instead of heaters? Maybe you need to get out of the cold and warm up. One cannot think straight if the brain is frozen.

I meant shaving and not saving.

"The horse-collar look is gone, replaced by what Ford calls a "twin I-beam" grille (not to be confused with the old twin I-beam suspension found under the front of every Ford Ranger and Explorer in years past)."

The Twin-I-Beam is also *still* under the front of every 4x2 F-250 and F-350, and has been for several decades running. But a pickup truck website wouldn't know something like that...


@ Jeff s but you get me bro but you get me @ all the haters there happy.

@Jeff S

Be sure to test drive a Frontier six cylinder. It might change your mind about settling for a four cylinder.

My old 1988 S10 was a 4.3 and I never could have been happier.

@BRONCO2020--Didn't mean any harm, just could resist the humor.

@papa jim--Nothing wrong with the Frontier, all the midsize trucks are good choices. Do agree that the Tacoma is lacking in head and leg room for someone 6 foot tall or over, but it is still a good truck. If Ford does bring a version of the Global Ranger to NA it will be very competitive. I would not care that much for the 2.5 with an automatic but a 6 speed would not be that bad. My 2.2 in my S-10 has been good and low maintenance but I do keep to a rigid schedule especially with frequent oil changes and I have the coolant changed on a 2 to 3 year schedule. If you stick to a maintenance schedule and follow the owner's manual you can get many years of reliable service out of most vehicles

I agree with all those who think the front is starting to resemble the GM offerings. I wish GM would offer a more powerful and efficient base engine. Ford deserves a lot of credit for offering five engine options compared to GM's two (I don't count the 6.2, because I would have to be in a different tax bracket to afford one).

More ford junk, copying GM's turbos (first passenger cars with a turbo).
Nothing new with aluminum , been used for decades.
Now there copying there looks. Maybe they can finally design a better looking wheel well.

Way to go Ford...the best never rests!!!!

Look who is copying ford again with turbos GARAGE MOTORS

2018 GMC Terrain loses the V6 and gains a diesel for an all-turbo lineup

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You may have noticed that compact crossovers are kind of a big deal these days. After eight years on sale, GMC is finally getting a new version of its littlest ute, the Terrain, for 2018. And it can't arrive a moment too soon. The 2018 GMC Terrain made its debut tonight on the eve of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

The 2018 Terrain looks to be completely new, and is now built on GM's D2XX platform. It again shares a platform and major components with the Chevrolet Equinox; like the 2018 Equinox, the Terrain will offer three engines, including two turbocharged gas four-cylinders and a turbodiesel four. The base 1.5-liter gas four makes 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter inline-four puts out 252 hp and 262 lb-ft. (The 2.0 basically takes the place of the 3.6-liter V6 offered in the outgoing Terrain.) GM's 1.6-liter diesel four will also be available, making 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque in this application. Both gas engines will be paired with nine-speed automatic transmissions, while the diesel gets a six-speed auto. No fuel-economy claims have been made, but we expect the new models to outdo the current versions, with the diesel reaching around 40 mpg on the EPA highway cycle.


If Ford does bring a version of the Global Ranger to NA it will be very competitive.

@Jeff S

Who would the Ranger compete with Jeff?

The Honda Ridgeline is a very good mid size truck but their sales figures are a joke.

What makes you think that the Ranger, with its old global platform, would do better?

Is there any reason to believe that the mid size market hasn't stalled some? Unless gas prices go up a lot, I don't see the midsizers having some big sales bump.

F series sales title will be secure.

All good news except for 7 grills... come on. pare that down some.

No one has ever done/pioneered truck dashboard buttonitus like GM. They were also the first with the "default" and "bailout" buttons.


Sorry but Acura and Honda are the all time champs for button-itus

The one thing I do like is the stamp tailgate, looks bunch better then a be plastic logo.


Gorgeous designs! Way to go, Ford!!

I don't like it.

Just awesome, way to go Ford, you guys continue to kill it and wipe up the competition.

The Honda Ridgeline has won the North American Truck of the year for 2017. I guess Ford's new Superduty is not so impressive after all. LOL!

The Honda Ridgeline has won the North American Truck of the year for 2017. I guess Ford's new Superduty is not so impressive after all. LOL!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jan 9, 2017 12:43:43 PM

Your comments are useless, please go away.

Now that is a good looking front in the top picture...first thought was looks a bit gm ish....I like it and I'm GM guy

pj clueless again... Honda/acura don't even make trucks... and I specifically said buttonitus in trucks... Once again try to read, and pay attention. Its sales in full size trucks... its buttonitus in truck dashes... try to keep up or you could just settle down. That would at least save you the embarrassment.



The 2 bar grilles on the Fords above looks like they took the Chevy emblem and turned it into a complete grille. Those words are of the opinion of others and I agree.

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