This could be a hint of what we might see at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, which runs Jan. 14-22 in Detroit's Cobo Center. We've been speculating that Ford might offer a diesel engine in its half-ton pickup, but now we're thinking it might also have some electrification as well. Some have even suggested a diesel hybrid makes much more sense when trying to stretch fuel costs, not to mention the huge benefits an onboard generator could provide. Can you say mobile power station? Here's what our spy shooters just sent us.
"This is the 2018 Ford F-150, caught on the road and showing off its new face before its expected 2017 Detroit auto show debut.
"The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. will get some cosmetic changes to keep it fresh and visually interesting as its tech gets updated underneath. The front end emulates the Super Duty two-bar design, but adds some softer design cues. The tailgate also gets a redesign, with a new handle and a more subdued look without a visible crease.
"By the time the face-lifted model appears, many F-150 models should be offered with the 10-speed automatic transmission developed jointly with GM and headed first for the Raptor. A revised V-6 EcoBoost engine should provide more power and efficiency than before as Ford continues to seek fuel-economy gains for its big truck. A V-6 diesel should also appear in time for the face-lift, although the planned gas-electric hybrid version may be further off.
"Expect to see the revised F-150 on sale by 2018; our sources say we can expect it to debut next week in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena next to the Cobo Center."