Ford F-150: Taking Things Up A Few Notches

2018 Ford F-150

Describing the model as smarter and more capable than its predecessor, the automaker confirmed the facelifted truck will have a best-in-class fuel economy rating when equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine which develops 325 hp (242 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm) of torque.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost is rated at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined in 4×2, which is 1 city mpg better than the previous generation.

Ford's 4x2 5.0-liter V8 saw gas mileage increase by two points in city driving and one point in highway and overall fuel economy, while the 4x4 version picked up one point across the board, averaging 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined. The V8 engine gets upgrades, like dual port and direct-injection that gives it 10 more horsepower and an additional 13 lb. -ft. of torque.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is available on the F-150 for the first time. In the case of the former, fuel efficiency increases 1 mpg on the highway and in the city and 2 mpg combined.

Ford revealed the updated 2018 F-150 earlier this year in Detroit, but now we have more details about the updated pickup.

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The entry-level 3.3-liter V6 has been updated, with torque up 12 lb-ft. over past year to 265 lb-ft. When four-wheel drive is selected, the fuel economy numbers drop slightly to 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined. It offers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

The F-150's naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. The 3.3-liter V-6 engine is the only option not paired to the new 10-speed automatic, but it does provide more torque than the previously-standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Only the 3.3-liter V6 is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.3-liter V6 will return an estimated 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/22 mpg combined in 4×2 configurations and 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20 mpg combined in 4×4 configurations.

Ford will counter in spring 2018 with the introduction of its all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, also mated to the 10-speed transmission. No word on power or economy for the new engine, mind.

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