The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

If you like your bombshells small and gentle, then boy are you in luck, because Ford has just announced some changes to the 2018 F-150 that are so understated and mild, they’ll blow your goddamn mind, in a subtle way. These improvements come to fuel economy across most of the available engine lineup, and a decent increase in towing capacity for the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6.

Pictured: average F-150 buyer

Let’s start with the fuel economy gains first. Most of the possible engines/drivetrain combos get a 1 or two MPG bump from last year:

2WD 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost (+ 1 MPG city, +1 highway, +1 combined) 20 MPG city/ 26 highway/ 22 combined

4WD 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost (+ 1 MPG city) 19 MPG city/ 24 highway/ 21 combined

2WD 3.3-liter V6 ( + 1 MPG city and highway, +2 combined) 19 MPG city/ 25 highway/ 22 combined

4WD 3.3-liter V6 (+ 1 MPG city and highway) 18 MPG city/ 23 highway/ 20 combined

2WD 5.0-liter V8 (+ 2 MPG city, +1 highway, +1 combined) 17 MPG city/ 23 highway/ 19 combined

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4WD 5.0-liter V8 (+ 1 MPG city, +1 highway, +1 combined) 16 MPG city/ 22 highway/ 18 combined

So, yeah, a little better. Power is also up a bit, with the 5-liter V8 getting

10 extra horsies to hit

395 horsepower, and

13 extra twist-demons to take torque up to

400 lb-ft . The 3.3-liter V6 goes up by

8 hp and

12 lb-ft (for

290 hp/

265 lb-ft) and the 2.7 EcoBoost V6 gets no more horsepower, but torque increases by a significant

25 lb-ft (for a total of

325 hp/

400 lb-ft (285 Nrp)).

Whew. Okay. Now, the last big numbers-gain is in towing. Here’s what Ford’s PR says (emphasis mine):

For best-in-class towing, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers

13,200 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb.-ft. of torque that beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice its displacement. With dual port and direct-injection technology, the 375-horsepower twin-turbo engine provides ideal low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

That’s a pretty significant jump of about 1,000 lbs more since the 2017 model. That’s non-trivial. Just for reference 13,200 lbs of towing is just enough to be able to tow a fully-grown African Bush Elephant.

Ford’s now offering some new driver’s aids for the F-150 as well:

  • New segment-first enhanced adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality is available to allow drivers to set a cruising speed. The system then uses 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 Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is available to help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians

Styling-wise, it looks like the F-150 has gotten a minor facelift in the grille-area, with a new grille design that sort of resembles a giant CD or perhaps LaserDisc slot. I’m guessing there will be some announcement soon of new 3-foot-diameter discs available to upgrade the infotainment system options. Maybe it’ll be an Encarta encyclopedia.

Source : https://jalopnik.com/the-2018-ford-f-150-adds-1-2-mpg-and-can-tow-nearly-1-0-1797713754

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds

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The 2018 Ford F 150 Adds 1 2 MPG And Can Tow Nearly 1,000 More Pounds