Shelby knowhow for updated 2018 Ford F-150

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 by

launches updated 2018 F-150 with new design details, more tow capacity, better fuel economy, and a little bit of cleverness borrowed from the Shelby GT350 Mustang…

2018 ford f-150

They’ve been making pickup trucks in Dearborn for 100 years, so it’s safe to say Ford can’t mess up the latest one.

Just a couple of weeks ago marked a century since the first Ford Model TT pickup rolled off the line, and more recently Ford’s F-150 truck has led the sales ranking in the US for 35 consecutive years. And that’s not just for best-selling truck – the F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle, period.

That 1917 Model TT could carry a tonne and cost $600, but things have moved on somewhat and the new mid-life updated F-150 promises improved economy from its second-generation 2.7-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a tow-rating of 5,990kg

2018 ford f-150

1917 Ford Model TT: $600, best price…

For 2018 Ford’s also making the auto start-stop feature standard and adding the new ten-speed automatic transmission to more choices across the range. Available optional kit includes safety equipment such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function for traffic crawling, as well  as an emergency-braking function that can apply the brakes to avoid an accident.

The entry level 2.7-litre V6 model gains 34Nm of torque more than before, and a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8-engined F-150 gains 10 more horsepower and 18Nm of torque extra thanks to a bit of muscle-car knowhow and the inclusion for 2018 of cylinder liner technology from the Shelby GT350 Mustang.

2018 ford f-150

As for the 3.3-litre V6 option, that engine also sees an increase of eight horsepower and 16Nm of torque.

Other updates for the 2018 model year amount to detail design changes to the F-150’s front end, and an available wi-fi hotspot in select markets, as well as a high-end Band & Olufsen audio system as an added option for the first time.

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