The 2018 model year Ford F-150 introduces a number of key updates that will surely enforce its status as the best-selling vehicle in North America, including a bolder new face and, most notably, a new 3.0L diesel V6 engine.
Unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the mid-cycle refresh comes just three years after the thirteen-generation, aluminum bodied F-150 went on sale. It doesn’t take much effort to see the aggressive new redesign of the grille, headlamps and bumpers, but only Ford enthusiasts will probably notice the new taillamps and re-sculpted tailgate featuring a stamped “F-150”.
There are also six new wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches in size.
Inside, the 2018 F-150 gets two new color options and available carbon fiber trim. It can now be equipped with a new B&O PLAY audio system and a 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot that can connect up to 10 mobile devices at a time.
Also available is adaptive cruise control with stop and start capability and a segment-first Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system.
The biggest changes can be found under the hood of the 2018 F-150, where the engine lineup has been completely revamped. Most noteworthy is the addition of a new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine — the first diesel ever offered in an F-150 — that’s connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Performance figures will be released at a future date.
The base F-150 is now powered by a smaller 3.3L V6 that produces the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque as the previous 3.5-liter V6. Buyers will also have the choice of a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and a 5.0-liter V8, all three of which have been improved to deliver better fuel economy and performance.
The updated, 2018 Ford F-150 goes on sale in the fall 2017. What do you make of the visual, tech and mechanical upgrades?
Detroit Auto Show Moving From January To October?
With an increasing number of automakers shifting their attention to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Detroit finds itself in a difficult situation. The Motor city is considering moving the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) from January to October in an effort to keep it relevant.
Sources close to show organizers revealed to that the first October NAIAS would most likely take place in 2020, but a final decision has yet to be made.
What city would wan their auto show to be held in the dead of winter anyways? I’ll go with the milder Automun breeze, thank you very much.
Despite the change in dates, the show will continue to be held in the Cobo Center but could finally have some of its events take place outdoors, allowing the press and the public to possibly drive some of the cars on display. That’s precisely what automakers do at CES in Las Vegas.
The announcement comes in the wake of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to forgo the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, a decision that reflects the broader trend of the world’s automakers skipping the often expensive shows in favor of standalone, invite-only events.
Infiniti Previews Its Future Design And Technology With Q Inspiration Concept
At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti took the wraps off a concept vehicle that it says previews its future.
Not only does the so-called Q Inspiration Concept preview Infiniti’s new design direction, but it also ushers in a new era of technology for its vehicles.
It features the company’s next-generation ProPILOT system, which supposedly “liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations.” However, because it can be overridden at any time, it doesn’t completely cut the driver out of the equation.
Power is provided by by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression (VC) turbo four that is said to continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency. The VC also powers the new QX50 crossover, where it produces 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the
Jumping to styling, the Q Inspiration Concept is a four-door sedan with coupe-like profile that’s sleeker, more sculpted and more flowing than any of Infiniti’s current models, even Q60 coupe. Rear-hinged rear doors give excellent access to a futuristic interior.
Christian Meunier, Infiniti Global Division Vice President, stated:
“The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them.”
Although the Q Inspiration Concept is only a design study and isn’t destined for production, there is a chance it will influence the next-generation Q70 sedan or even a spiritual successor the Q45 flagship sedan.
Ford Will Release 40 Plugin Hybrid And Electric Vehicles By 2022
Like crosstown rival General Motors, Ford Motor Co has an onslaught of hybrid and electric cars on the way, having confirmed plans to release 40 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022.
This includes electrified versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports cars and a fully-electric performance SUV (possible called ‘Mach 1’) that offers at least a 300-mile range and goes on sale by 2020. In fact, 16 of the 40 models will be fully-electric.
To make this happen, Ford will invest more than $11 billion by 2022 and has formed ‘Team Edison’ to “own the strategy, own the planning, and interface into the trend” of EV development and production.
The Ford Escape and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln MKC and Navigator, are expected to get plug-in hybrid versions soon. Speaking of Lincoln, the brand is expected to offer a hybrid version of each of its models.
Ford is clearly sinking its feet into the inevitable electric future.