The company has equipped the upcoming model 2018 Ford F-150 with tech features that one expects in luxury SUVs. Some design changes are also there which led the truck a more enticing look. It also gets new advanced safety features and enhanced powertrain. There are plenty of pickup trucks on roads but not every one of them can aspire to be like the iconic Ford F-150.
The popular pickup truck gets a nicer makeover for 2018. With these notable updates, the new F-150 gets an edge over rivals, more so over its arch rivals from GM stable.
2018 Ford F-150 – Boxy and Muscular Look
The design changes notwithstanding, the 2018 Ford F-150 is a truck at heart and rides on the boxed ladder frame. The truck is sold in 7 trims and you get three cab configurations and three bed lengths. You get some new exterior color choices. On first look, you will find the front section to be redesigned.
It is boxy and muscular looking grille and bumper design has changed. Now, the 2018 Ford F-150 comes closer to the company’s Super Duty range in terms of looks. The large hexagonal grille looks menacing. As expected, the grille and bumper design are not same across trims. At the rear side, tail lamps look more bulging. In some trims, the back has a large F-150 logo embossed, much like what you see in rivals like Toyota Tacoma.
There are two hooks at the front bumper and you can opt for Side steps for the cab and steps for cargo bed. Extensive usage of aluminum makes the new trims shed up to 500 pounds. However, the high strength steel frame lies underneath.
The 4WD models come with additional underbody skid plating to offer more ruggedness and off-roading prowess. Except for base trim, all trims get fog lights. The addition of side mirror spotlight is handy and they work only when the truck is parked.
Inside the cabin of 2018 Ford F-150, things look much better. Some trims get upscale leather interior and big infotainment display- making you forget you are inside the cabin of a truck! Not all rivals in this segment can boast of having quality wood and leather trims.
Trims and Safety Features
While most buyers of the Ford F150 prefer utility and off-roading prowess, top trims ooze luxury in the cabin. The 2018 Ford F-150 comes in three cab configurations- extended SuperCab, two-door Regular Cab and the top selling four-door SuperCrew.
The Regular cab models, often sold in XL and XLT trims, are not much lavish but they are utilitarian. SuperCab models are spacious enough to accommodate 4 tall adults but the back seat is not ideal for long trips. Four-door, SuperCrew setup is good for five adults and are often sought for those seeking SUV replacements.
The cargo space in the cabin is abundant in this variant. In all variants, you get enough small item storage options in the cabin. Enough USB ports are also there so charging cell phones on the move will not be a problem.
In the 2018 Ford F-150, the Ford has deployed a number of advanced safety features. However, only top trims get them as standard while for lower trims they are optional. These include Adaptive Cruise control, Pedestrian Detection, the blind-spot monitoring system which also covers attached trailers and lane-keeping assist. Of course, stability control is there. STX sports appearance package is available for the XLT trim. The Lariat, Limited and King Ranch trims are aimed at buyers who want both utility and luxury.
Engine Options of the 2018 Ford F-150
The most noteworthy update to the 2018 Ford F-150 is the new and enhanced powertrain. The base trims get a 3.5 L V6 engine. This generates 282 HP and gets a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. However, those seeking a powerful work truck should choose the beefy turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 unit which makes 325 HP. This gets the much talked about and new 10-speed automatic gearbox, which Ford has made in alliance with GM. This can tow up to 8,500 pounds and its bed carrying capacity is 2,500 pounds.
If you will not settle for anything less than a V8 engine, there is a 5.0-liter V-8 unit. It also gets the 10-speed automatic transmission and output may be close to 385 HP.
The 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 is the easy choice and it makes 450 HP. This engine is very powerful and has a towing capacity of 12000 pounds. It, however, returns mixed fuel economy. The engines offer decent mileage compared to the units used in 2017 models. Ride quality is good at low and moderate speeds. For a large truck, the cabin remains pretty quiet.
Price and Development
The 2018 Ford F-150 pricing may begin at $28,000 for base trim. It will be available for sale soon.
The 2018 Ford F-150 gets some great upgrades which help it stave competition from GM and RAM. The new drive train and excellent safety features give it an edge over the rivals.