For forty consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck. Ford took a big risk three years ago by changing the venerable truck to an all-aluminum body, to better improve fuel economy and meet federal regulations. It paid off, however, and buyers responded well and sales have increased, with production ramping up to meet their needs.
ord is responding to consumer demands and the changes in the vehicle market, and soon Indianapolis Ford buyers will be able to see the 2018 Ford F-150 with their own eyes.
While the 2018 Ford F-150 isn’t a whole new redesign—it’s a mid-cycle refresh—it still brings a number of welcome changes. Ford isn’t a company known for playing it safe or coasting on their accomplishments, especially not in the highly competitive full-size truck market. To this end, they’ve outfitted next year’s new F-150 with three new or updated engines, a restyled exterior, and more safety features.
The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the new F-150 is the refreshed and redesigned grille and headlights. Across most of the trim levels, the grille features two horizontal bars, held in place with c-clamp style headlights. An all-mesh grille is available as part of the sport-oriented STX package on the XL trim level. These grilles more closely resemble those of the Super Duty line of Ford trucks.
The base engine for the F-150, the 3.5-liter V6, has been downsized to a 3.3-liter. However, with upgrades such as direct fuel injection, a much higher compression ratio, and reduced internal friction, the horsepower was increased by 8, to a peak of 290.
The twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 has been fine-tuned as well. An improved exhaust gas recirculation system and reduced internal friction lower the RPMs necessary to achieve peak horsepower, making the full 325 horsepower available at 5000 RPMs. Torque also increased by 25 foot-pounds, making it an even 400, and that’s available at a lower RPM as well.
While the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine is unchanged, the 5.0-liter V8 has been upgraded as well. With the same port and direct fuel injection as the other refreshed engines, the engine produces 10 more horsepower, and 13 more foot-pounds of torque, for a max of 395 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque.
The 10-speed automatic transmission that was previously only available on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is now standard with all engines, save for the 3.3-liter V6. That engine retains the 6-speed automatic transmission, with Ford citing cost and drivability.
With the new transmissions, and the auto start and stop engine feature that’s standard on all F-150s, fuel economy bumps up across most trims by 1 or 2 miles per gallon. The 3.5-liter V6 keeps its previous rating, as no major changes have been made to the engine.
For more information about the Ford F-150, don’t hesitate to contact Community Ford Lincoln. Our friendly staff will be happy to meet your needs and to show you how we’re one of the best Ford dealerships in Indianapolis.