Underlining its status as the best-selling vehicle in North America, Ford previewed the 2018 F-150 pickup range during the top-rating NFL football Wild Card broadcasts ahead of its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show media day.
The Ford F-Series has been North America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle outright for 35 years.
Headlining the updated model range is the F-150’s first diesel engine - an all-new 3.0-litre V6 Power Stroke turbo-diesel. There are also all-new turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 and turbocharged 2.7-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, range-wide fitment of a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission plus new technology including the availability of Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection.
The iconic naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine is also updated for more power and torque.
Ford says its all-new turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine provides the same output - 210kW/345Nm - as the outgoing 3.5-litre engine while improving fuelk consumption.
The second-generation 2.7-litre V6 EcoBoost powerplant adopts dual port and direct injection.
On the styling front, the F-150 picks-up revised front and rear ends (the latter including a new sculptured tailgate) and six new alloy wheel designs ranging from 17-inches to 22-inches - all of which enhance its considerable on-road presence.
The upscale Lariat model with the Sport Package gains twin horizontal grille bars in body colour.
Inside are some new seat colours: Dark Marsala in the F-150 Platinum and Navy Pier for the range-topping F-150 Limited, carbon-fibre look highlights for XLT Sport and Lariat Sport grades and the King Ranch variant scores new Kingsville Appointed seats.
As well as Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection, other technology updates include adaptive cruise control (another segment-first) including stop-and-go technology, a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to 10 devices and Bang & Olufsen ‘Play’ audio.
Ford’s all-new F-150 range goes on-sale in North America in the next couple of months. As it is with the current model, no official Australian presence is expected, with right hand drive conversions expected to remain the only way to park America's favourite pickup truck in Australian driveways.
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