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2018 F-150 Adds Power, Payload Capability

August 09, 2017

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.
Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has boosted the power and efficiency of its F-150 engines for the 2018 model year with improvements that increase payload, towing capability, and fuel economy, Ford has announced.

The 2018 F-150 will offer a more fuel-efficient second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost, a more efficient base engine in the 3.3-liter PFDI V-6, and a more efficient 5.0-liter EcoBoost V-8. The 2.7-liter engine will arrive with an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, according to Ford.

When it goes on sale later this year, the 2018 F-150 equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost will arrive with a new, 13,200-pound tow rating. The F-150 equipped with the 5.0-liter V-8 will arrive with a payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. The pickup will offer standard auto start-stop and expanded availability of the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

When paired with the 10-speed, the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 delivers the improved fuel economy performance, along with a power increase of 25 additional pound-feet of torque.

The 5.0-liter V-8 has also been enhanced with advanced dual-port and direct-injection technology so it makes an additional 10 horsepower and 13 lb.-ft. of torque. The rear-wheel F-150 with this powertrain adds 2 mpg (to 16 mpg) in city driving.

The 3.3-liter V-6 adds 8 hp and 12 lb.-ft. of torque over the outgoing engine. The rear-wheel model adds 2 mpg (to 20 mpg) in combined driving cycles.

New driver assisting features include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. Ford is also offering an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

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