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Three years after first introducing the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied Ford F-150, Ford is presenting the new 2018 F-150. The best-selling pick-up features new front and rear styling, advanced driver assistance technologies—including available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection—and improved engines. The new engines include an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel and enhanced V6 and V8 gasoline engines.

Ford is previewing the new truck on Sunday during the FOX NFL Wildcard Pregame Show and will reveal it on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new F-150 introduces an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V6 engine, with direct-injection for increased efficiency. The 3.3-liter V6 is expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5-liter V6.

An all-new second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction and improved robustness—all for improved levels of output, efficiency, quality and durability. Like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired to the segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.

The 5.0-liter V8 also sees improvements in 2018, as the naturally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for increased power and torque. It’s also paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time.

The 2018 F-150 also adds an available all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, designed, engineered and tested in-house and paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s the first diesel engine offered for F-150.

In addition to the segment-first 10-speed automatic, the Ford F-150 is now the first full-size pickup truck to add automatic start/stop as standard equipment across all models and engines.

The new enhanced segment-first available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality allows drivers to set a cruising speed. They then use radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles—even following a vehicle down to a complete stop.

New, segment-first available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection helps the driver avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.

With a new available embedded 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot, customers can connect up to 10 mobile devices at one time, virtually anywhere.

These technologies join existing segment-exclusive driver assist and convenience features that include:

  • Available SYNC and SYNC 3 with FordPass enables compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – plus mobility services to help customers move more efficiently

  • Available 360-degree camera technology helps improve driver confidence when parking and can help reduce stress when connecting a trailer—allowing customers to see more so they can focus on specific tasks such as lining up a hitch.

  • Available lane-keeping system is designed to help reduce unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended lane.

  • Available Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow technology is optimized for F-150 to include the length of a trailer up to 33 feet; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver.

The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.



It will be interesting to see how this F-150 with a 3 liter diesel compares to the Ram 1500 with its 3 liter diesel.

The Lurking Jerk

@ al_vin: Drive either one and some people in this forum will label you 'murderer'. That's what I was called for driving a jetta tdi.


@The Lurking Jerk:

There are more and more people really getting serious about air pollution, especially since the VW flap. The idea that a vehicle has to make a lot of noise and fuss, smoke and smell like a refinery are going away as people become educated on the health problems air pollution causes. A good alternative to a diesel is a plugin hybrid. The electric battery/motor will give you lots of low end torque immediately and better mileage than a diesel without the complications of direct fuel injection, variable cam timing, high compression ping, and urea etc.


I realize that I am ultimately just contributing to what will be a flame war, but seriously - @Lad!

We are in a period of transition. People should purchase vehicles fit for purpose. These modern Diesels are not particularly smelly or smokey, granted NOx emissions remain excessive (and that will likely be the death of the Diesel engine ultimately).

I'd hate to see one of these beasts wasted on trips to the corner shop to buy milk, but to suggest that there are replacement Hybrid vehicles available to fill the role of an F-150, is more than a little disingenuous IMO.

(A VW Diesel and GM Electric vehicle owner.)

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There are less polluting alternatives to this oil burner. Ford should not be allowed to sell a diesel version. Stay with gasoline versions and make a make a BEV and a natural gas version for the future when the gasoline versions also have to be banned. People who buy diesel cars should not be blamed for murder but Ford and other car makers that sell small highly polluting diesel cars are guilty of mass murder IMO. They know their cars kill millions of people prematurely every year and they sell them anyway.

Air pollution is unbearable in most European cities and we need to stop it now by banning new sales of diesels and prohibiting old diesels from entering city centers. Car makers should pay compensation to those who bought a diesel car and was not told how damaging it is to humans and also now will have to suffer from being unable to use their car in large cities. We need far more drastic legislation to combat air pollution in Europe and Asia for sure. And it is coming. There may be a temporary halt in environmental legislation in the US but it continues to be tightened everywhere else as it should. We do not have a future unless we make sustainable products for everything we need. And we can do that without sacrificing anything in the process.


@ BH,
Thanks for the invite and contribution.

Except that according to a new briefing paper released by the independent research organization International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)."

"On average, NOx emissions of the heavy-duty vehicles tested were approximately 210 mg/km. Currently, NOx emissions of Euro 6 diesel passenger cars under real-world driving conditions are approximately 500 mg/km, as determined by testing carried out by KBA and other European type-approval agencies. In addition, the average conformity factor—the ratio of the test result to the regulatory limit—for the heavy-duty engines was less than 1, meaning that on-road emissions stayed below the Euro VI engine type-approval test limits."

So the problem here is compliance obviously not technology.

But the real issue is we are all going to fry if there isn't urgent action on transitioning from greenhouse gases primarily from fossil fuels and land use including farming and deforestation practices.

People should get angsty if they have any sense of self preservation.

Problem is as always we are a very selfish critter that can't see past the end of our nose - too busy warring!

Noticeably absent are the emissions figures from Fords new offering. They give exhausting details on the various stripes and stickers and seat colour options. wifi and the ability to connect to 10 different mobile devices WTF?
Don't get me wrong if (we) consumers are so enchanted by such matters why would they bother with meaningful discussion?



Yes, I saw that article, and am frankly dismayed. Unbelievable that in absolute terms the smaller cars are worse than a truck.



Oh, I should point out that I am not US based.



"Land use including farming and deforestation practices". That comment needs an expansion as it is to general. For example all land should have a use. Useless land should change. What is deforestation? Should we stop a roadway or power line construction as that would change the land? Should a weed infested Land Bank be rated "wild land" and suffer a demerit if changing back to productive farm land as often depicted by journalist and environmentalist.

We do need to quit throwing out such generalities as good or bad. I've read a discussion on this topic of land use. Basically, this expert group was saying land should be used to best value. That maximizing the value to citizens and the environment is the key. Don't cut down you tree lot to plant sugar can in Kansas for example. Don't plant a forest in Iowa. It's best to maximize the value of land and keep it working for best interest of society. Good wildlife habitat always of paramount concern. Fast growing crops, fertility of soil, low pollution, productive forests, carbon sinks, and the rest. So, we need land change and a lot of it. We need to maximize the land value and abilities.

Dr. Strange Love

Trees. Thank you. Your posts are always very sober and realistic.


People should purchase vehicles fit for suggest that there are replacement Hybrid vehicles available to fill the role of an F-150, is more than a little disingenuous IMO.

Right you are. I would love to be able to afford a Tesla but at $100,000 it's out of my price range. For most things I make do with a sub-compact but there are times when I just need something that can tow. Nothing does that better than a diesel and I can at least run it on biodiesel to reduce the harm.

Dr. Strange Love

I may be naive and a little bit of a a "Dreamer", but I believe it is possible for humans to slowly convert the Deserts (African Sahara, American South West) into arid/tropical productive oasis. Start around the boundary and work inwards. Humans are stubborn, so I think they can win against the drying deserting affect, whatever it is.

Trees. What do you think. Is it possible?


With respect to diesel emissions, the 3.0 Powerstroke diesel in the F150 is specifically for the North American market. Thus, European issues with diesel vehicle emissions are irrelevant.

All diesel vehicles currently certified in the U.S. now undergo extensive additional testing since the VW TDI scandal, including "real-world" testing, in addition to the much more rigorous certification testing (FTP, US06, SC03 test duty cycles) than Europe (currently NEDC only).

Based on the official certified emissions data, the BMW 328d (diesel) has one of the lowest, if not THE lowest, emission profile of any 2017 vehicle with an ICE certified to date.

The F150 Powerstroke hasn't been emissions certified yet, but it can safely be assumed that none of the issues surrounding the VW TDIs or many of the European diesel cars will occur.


There are lots of ways to clean up diesel emissions. Can you even get a new diesel today that will run without the DEF system working?



I'm nearly 110% with you but to offer my thoughts or criticism on your post. It's always easier to criticise with the benefit of extra time and hindsight.

Firstly to quote:

"Should a weed infested Land Bank be rated "wild land" and suffer a demerit if changing back to productive farm land as often depicted by 1;*** journalist and environmentalist.****

We do need to quit throwing out such 2;*** generalities as good or bad." ***

There seems to be a conflict here resolving generalities not applying to land use but by implication applying to journalists and environmentalists.

1; You and I are not 'professional journalists?'
as I am not paid$ for my thoughts and assume you the same. My return on effort has many sides and is worth more than that.
I would suggest that our approach to writing here would qualify as some form of hopefully well writ, well informed journalism and would be pleased to be recognised in that context.

'journalists' are not the enemy.

They come with all the faults and merit of any other and are more informative than robot of fake news stories -IMO.

2; I don't wear ENVIRONMENTALIST as a badge or paid up party line member. Your comments, disparaging as they are of that mentality, are as academia would say- your own.
Academia places no value on regurgitated plagered thought or writing.

I suspect we both understand the core science and practical application of environmental science blended with a healthy dose of reality.

Definitely agree with the bulk of your comment esp weed infested marginal lands and that abandoned lands are not necessarily the best use.
Sometimes the best use will be counter intuitive.
Is a rubbish tip not a better use than having it spread far and wide?

I also agree that many self styled environmentalists and their company of self congratulating bandits are incredibly hypocritical and manipulative sycophants - with environmental footprints off the scale. (if mostly well meaning and valuable colleagues )

I can't exclude myself from being a fully paid up member of the human race with all its shortcomings, advantages and merit. Comes with the territory.

But it is an historical fact that humanity has contributed adverse affects to the natural systems on which we all depend.

Having a healthy - un? interest in technology science including environmental earth etc can inform and hopefully contribute something to better outcomes.


Trying to save the planet is not a crime.

People living in highly polluted China (and many other similarly polluted places) cannot survive for many more decades without major health problems.

We have:

1) to switch to REs and progressively close all existing CPPs, even if it mean closing most coal mines.

2) to progressively close all NGPPs and install more REs with appropriate storage.

3) both 1) and 2) can be done without major e-energy price increases, specially where good winds and sunny places exist.

4) progressively electrify all ground transport vehicles. Tax or ban ICEVs if required.

5) find ways to drastically reduce pollution created by farming and industries.



I should be on the member books of and the local opposition to coal seam gas (frackers) group.

The coal seam tests bores were leaking all over the place and their (salt + ?) settlement ponds on the river valley subject to flooding twice in the last decade.
The downstream towns draw drinking water from that and the fish gotta live somewhere.

Aside from unstable folded geology.

Guess what sits below ?
Yep coal.

The gas extraction proposal is off.

Now the miners want to bring forward the coal extraction. Wonder where all that gas is going now? and the noise and dust will only be worse.
Our elected representatives will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank.

Talk about winning a battle but losing the war.
Only if you are a quitter. We'll see.


We are not "saving the planet" we are giving our species a better chance. The planet will do fine for the next billion years.


The planet, without inhabitants, would be dead for a while, at least until the environment cleans itself up?

It may be one of the most possible scenario?

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