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2018 Ford F-150 Gets More Powerful With Improved Powertrains

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2018 Ford F-150

For as complex an entity as it may actually be, there are those who can boil America down into a few simple elements and signifiers—namely baseball, apple pie, hot dogs and/or hamburgers, fireworks, hoarding of wealth, and pickup trucks. Ford is the United States’ undisputed king of pickup trucks for 40 years running, and it stands to be reigning as America’s favorite truck by next July 4th given recently announced performance and efficiency upgrades for the 2018 F-150.

It was revealed in June that both the 2018 Ford F-150 will see performance improvements over the 2017 models thanks to upgraded powertrain options. The 2018 Ford F-150 will be offered with five different engine options: the 3.3-liter V6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the 5.0-liter V8, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel.

2018 Ford F-150

The 3.3-liter V6 replaces the 3.5-liter V6 that has served as the base engine for some time with a new, smaller design that utilizes dual port and direct-injection technologies. In addition to lower EPA-estimated fuel economy figures, the 3.3-liter V6 will deliver 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque—improvements of 8 horsepower and 12 lb-ft of torque despite the smaller displacement.

The second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, now mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, gets a 25 lb-ft bump to 400 lb-ft of torque, which will be available at lower engine speeds. Horsepower remains unchanged at 325 hp.

The enhanced 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, also paired with the 10-speed automatic, adds advanced dual port and direct-injection technology as well as spray-on bore liner technology. This results in a 10 horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque, boosting total output to 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

Output for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is unchanged; the conventional 3.5-liter remains at 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, while the high-output iteration offered with the F-150 Raptor stays burly at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

The Power Stroke’s output has yet to be revealed and likely will not be until closer to its spring 2018 launch date. Fuel economy figures for the 2018 F-150 should be announced shortly before its arrival this fall.