Big, bad, bold is what defines the new Ford F-150 for 2018 when you take it to run across the desert or climb mountains at full throttle. It comes boasting of an upgraded suspension system, and a new V6 engine that replaces the existing V8 engine. According to rumors, the new F-150 is set to go on sale this fall.
New add-ons for 2018 include an upgraded suspension system, a new engine, a new frame, and a comprehensive redesign of the existing model. For starters, the Ford F-150 model is undoubtedly the best-selling truck in the U.S. It has managed to outsell everything else on the road for years unending due to its versatility, off-road performance, utility, amenities, comfort, and fuel economy. That isn’t precisely news for a majority of American buyers who are the biggest fans of the truck. The F-150 is the perfect definition of what a truck ought to be.
Nowadays, buyers are looking for a truck that requires a more extreme approach, something that flatten cacti at 80 mph and can hop boulders. For buyers looking for such capabilities, the fresh 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor should be a top their list of priorities.
The Raptor, entering its second generation, will feature a twin turbocharged V6 engine, aluminum body panels, and an all-new frame. According to Ford, the new frame will be more solid than any other model’s in the F-150 lineup. Also, it will be 6” wider than the base model, and will feature a new terrain management system and more suspension travel.
However, that is not to say that the fresh 2018 Ford F-150 won’t have any downsides. Some of the faults include limited visibility, only the short bed configuration will be offered just like in the existing model, and the Raptor is a specialized instrument.
Ford F-150 – Available Trims
According to the latest news, Ford has only shown us the Raptor in extended cab style. However, we expect the existing lineup to continue unaltered to the 2018 model year. That said, we should expect up to five trims: base XL, mid-trimsXLT, Lariat and King Ranch, and top-rated Platinum. The 2016 Shelby Baja 700 is reviewed separately.
Exterior Raptor Review & 2018 Ford F-150 Interior Changes
Based on speculation, standard equipment to expect from the base XL model include cloth upholstery, a 4.2” touchscreen display, 60/40-split rear seats, 17” steel wheels, six-speaker sound system, manual locks, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, and manual windows.
Stand-alone options for the above trim include trailer brake controller, a rearview camera, skid plates, a power-sliding rear window, different axle ratios and towing packages, a CD player, running boards, and box side steps.
The XLT trim adds a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, chrome exterior trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, rear under seat storage, heated mirrors, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, an 8” touchscreen display, a 110V power outlet, remote engine start, LED bed lighting, seven–speaker sound system, and power adjustable pedals.
Stand-alone features available for the XLT include LED spotlights, rear-cross traffic alert, power-adjustable heated mirrors, inflatable rear seatbelts, a navigation system, CreChief fleet based telematics, a fuel economy boosting SFE package, and mirror-mounted LED spotlights.
The Lariat trim adds LED taillights and headlights, a 10-speaker audio system, driver seat memory settings, an 8” gauge cluster information display, high-beam headlight control, second-row heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control (dual-zone).
The top-of-the-line King Ranch and Platinum models share most of the features available above but have a more sophisticated uptown styling tweak.
Engine Specs – 2018 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Ford hasn’t said much about what we should expect under the hood of the 2018 F-150, however, what we do know is the fact that for 2018 the truck will feature a base V6 engine that will replace the outgoing V8.
That said, the base engine will be a 3.5L V6 able to generate 284 horsepower and 256 pounds of torque. Also available is a 2.7L V6 rated at 325hp and 375 pounds of torque.
Those yawning for more power can opt for the powerful 5.0L diesel V6 rated at 390 hp and 387 pounds of torque.
Date Of Release & 2018 Ford F-150 Price
The new Ford F-150 2018 goes on sale in the fall of 2016, according to the latest release date details Ford has provided. As for the price, we are still in the dark, but expect a starting MSRP of around 46,000USD.