The Ford has unveiled plans of producing a revised 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel version which is expected to appear during this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Indeed, this is great news for pick-up trucks enthusiasts who are into the world of high-end trucks. The latest F-150 model was released back in 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show event. Just three years down the line, the Ford will be giving this car a new styling for the 2018 model year. For the very first time, the consumers are expecting a diesel powertrain. Although the automaker has not yet announced full details regarding the vehicle, the spy shots were taken during its road test indicate that it will be highly refreshed.
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel – Body Styling:
The pickups truck are continuously outpacing passenger vehicles. There is no doubt, that they best for those looking towards improving their productivity. Records by reliable sources indicate that Ford made more sales in 2016 with the F-Series trucks than Toyota’s Camry passenger car. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel is going to retain the aluminum boxy body styling. The update will feature trailer hitch receiver mounting to the frame. The version feature nested sleeves that are capable of accommodating various hitch classes. The F-150 will be available in XL, XLT, STX, Lariat, Platinum, King Ranch and Limited trim levels. There are rumors that the automaker will introduce the Raptor in the mix.
The visual appearance for the upcoming 2018 Ford F-150 features high level of creativity. The design gives it the appearance of bigger Super Duty pickup appearance. The Ford will be using a combination of lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel. The lightweight aluminum designing is meant is meant to give the pickup an enhanced aerodynamic power and better fuel efficiency. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel boats of refreshed twin-slat grille, which stretches towards a pair of new LED headlights. Its consumers should expect a redesigned front bumper.
The aluminum-bodied truck will be fitted with new wheels that range from 17 to 20 inches. Unlike the previous model where the lower and upper portions were presented as a single unit, the new 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel will be offered with the two pieces split. Another noticeable feature is the redesigned tailgate which is available in two options. Lower trim levels get trapezoid tailgate design with F-150 emblem embedded in the lower portion. For higher trim level like Platinum, King Ranch, and Limited truck versions, the emblem seems to cover the upper portion of the tailgate though it is not big enough to be noticed.
When it comes to interior design, the truck features a spacious and comfortable cabin with a variety of technological equipment. The Ford has redesigned the interior cabin with new colors including Dark Masala hue for the entry levels while high trim variants adopt Navy Pier color theme. Its dashboard features carbon fiber and is upgraded with a wider infotainment screen display. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel boasts of comfortable seats adopting fine leather upholstery. Those who goes for Sport and Lariat Sports trims will get faux-carbon-fiber appliqués. While the King Ranch features new seats called Kingsville, which have a high comfort level. Among other standard interior features are smartphone integration, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, premium air conditioner, automatic climate control, satellite navigation system and others.
The Ford has not sacrificed on safety and driver assistance. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel will be fitted with an adaptive cruise control featuring auto-stop’ and go’ status. This is capable of bringing the car an instant stop and later pick up from where it left without necessarily shutting down the cruise. It is a very important feature, especially when it comes to traffic. Pre-collision assists with integrated pedestrian detection have also been upgraded. Other safety equipment is a 360-degree rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring system, lane-keeping assist, traction control, premium air bags and also safety belts. Entertainment will be offered using a premium Olufsen sound system with compatible USB port interface, AM/FM radio, 4G cellular radio, CD/MP3/MP4 player, Bluetooth audio connectivity and others.
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel – Engine and Performance:
Much attention has been focused on the introduction of a diesel engine. This is the biggest news for the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel customers. The long-awaited lightweight direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 engine is finally going to find its way beneath the hood. The Ford has considered it as the perfect replacement for the previous 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain. However, the automaker will still maintain six-speed automatic transmission system, just like its predecessor. It is rated to offer the same amount of power approximated at 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque.
The previous 2.7 liter Ecoboost will be carried forward for the 2018 model but with impressive upgrades, including port and direct fuel injection system. Other possible engines that will be revised are the 3.5-liter Ecoboost unit and the 5.0-liter V-8 drivetrain. These two engines will be paired with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission system. It is anticipated that the company has increased the horsepower and torque performance though the exact figures have not yet been undisclosed.
The 5.0-liter V-8 powertrain will be retouched with new spray bore cylinder liners similar to those featured on the Ford Mustang model. With the introduction of 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel is also expected to record elegant fuel mileages. This can be attributed to the power stroke that outdoes the current 2.7-liter Ecoboost engine, which produces a maximum of 26 mpg on the highway drive.
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel – Availability Date and Price:
The Ford has not communicated on the official release date and pricing for the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel. However, there are high chances that it will be released in the fall of this year. The vehicle is being built at the Dearborn power plant and Kansas City Assembly at Clay Como, Missouri. For the starters, this truck will be available for sale in the North American and the Middle East. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel will compete against the Ram 1500 pickup. The base price is estimated at around $28,000.