2018 Ford F-350 Review, Test Drive

The Super-Duty truck is their recognition since their advent in 1998 and almost 20 years down the line things have changed a lot on the new 2018 Ford F-350, mostly for the better. Known to be a pickup truck till now, the Ford has decided to transform its F-350 into a good-looking, high-performance vehicle. It will come in six trims- XL, STX, XLT, Lariat, King-Ranch, and Platinum.

2018 Ford F-350 front

2018 Ford F-350 – Body and Innovations

With a newly styled double-bar chrome grille and a bigger bumper, the Ford has put serious efforts to lift up this super duty’s front fascia. The fully chromed bumper holds a couple of square shaped fog lamps with side viewing turning indicators. With a restyled chassis, more strength and off-road capabilities of the 2018 Ford F-350 is looking for a market stopper. The high-strength steel and aluminum alloy (95% steel in chassis) are on the cards. Cravers might be delighted to know that, the aluminum used to build F-350’s body is the same used to cast out military vehicles. The GMC Sierra 3500Hd considered as its peak rival does fall behind Ford by a long way.

The Ford has also decked up its pick up with a dual rear wheel option calling for bigger wheel arches and a more muscular body. Its rear is speculated to go minimal change in terms of sharp-edged LED tail lamps and rear footrest. This new model keeps 17-inch wheels as standard at both ends using LT/245/75SR17 all-season tires.

Can the interior match up?

The Ford has equipped the interior of 2018 Ford F-350 with all leather upholstery. However, the infotainment system is well taken care of with a 10 inch full LED touchscreen that encompasses a navigation system. The satellite radio and climate control will also come as standard. The infotainment system also will come loaded with Apple car play, Android mobile sync, Bluetooth and surround sound speakers.

Safety Features

Talking of safety, the F-350 is likely to get seven cameras which will cover parking aids and blind spot monitoring. With a curb weight of 4 tons, its braking distance comes to 202 ft from 70 mph. In addition to this, other standard Ford features such as Lane Departure Assist, Hill Climb Assist, Secure Lock Anti-Theft system, Remote less key entry, Airbags, and also Belt Minder.

2018 Ford F-350 interior

2018 Ford F-350 – Engine and EPA Rating

Talking of power, a 6.2 Liter V8 engine produces 385 horses with 430 lb-ft of torque while its 6.7 Liter V8 variant which makes up 60% of sales produces 440 HP of power churning out 925 lb-ft of torque. This power enables 2018 Ford F-350 to reach a top speed of 130 mph. Sources speculate a 6.4 liter V10 to make its way into the arena soon.

With so much power at hand, fuel economy goes compromised and stands at 19 mpg in cities and 25 mpg on highways outshining Ram 3500’s EPA rating of 17/21 city/highway by a long margin.

How much can it pull?

Towing capacity is dependent on its 4×4 or 4×2 variants. While f-350’s AWD variant can tow a maximum of 27,500 lbs., rear wheel drive variants with a bigger 6.7 L V8 engine can pull up to 32,000 lbs. with a payload of almost 8,000 lbs. The Ford dominates its rival, Ram 3500 HD (towing capacity of 31,000 lbs. and payload of 7390 lbs.) in this segment as well.

2018 Ford F-350 rear

2018 Ford F-350 – Price and Reveal

The base price of 2018 Ford F-350 is speculated to be around $35,000 while its cab and crew variants will be from $40,000 to $50,000. With all these features, it is likely to be launched around late 2017 or early 2018.