2018 Ford F-150 Finally Gets A Diesel And A New Look, Too

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It’s finally here. The all-new 2018 Ford F-150.

Ford Motor Company introduced the face-lifted pickup at the Detroit Auto Show. The new look is a nice change, but the big news is that the F-150 will finally feature a 3.0L PowerStroke diesel engine – something our listeners have been asking me about for several years.

Besides the new PowerStroke, another surprise with the 2018 Ford F-150 is the refreshed face. The current model was introduced for the 2015 model year, so after only three model years, Ford is giving its best-selling half-ton truck a pretty significant exterior refresh.

The key change is the grille design, which features a two-bar design that spans the grille opening and reaches into the headlights. The headlights themselves are new as well, with a similar design to that found on the current model, but the new LED headlights are larger, giving the front end a much wider feel.  It looks somewhat like the 2017 Ford Super Duty, which has been very well received.

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There is a redesigned front bumper that looks similar to the current truck, but new fog lights give the bumper a wider look. Overall, the changes to the front go a long way in making it look bigger than ever before.

Rear end changes are not drastic, but it features a new taillight design that like the new headlights, are a bit bigger than the current look.

There have been no details announced on the new diesel engine beyond the name and the size, but we know that Ford builds a 3.0-Liter diesel for Land Rover and it delivers 254-horses, but more importantly, 440 pound-feet of torque.  Ford may be able to tweak the Rover diesel, and with different rear end ratios, I suspect they will try to better the Ram EcoDiesel that offers 240-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. 

Photo Credit: Ford/NAIAS
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