Would you take a brand new $63K 2018 Ford F150 Platinum into the woods and into deep water like this? Roman had an opportunity to do this at the 2018 F-150 launch event in Michigan last week. Ford prepared the twisty off-road course and the muddy water crossing.
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This particular truck is powered by the newly updated 5.0L V8 that is rated at 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and Ford’s 4×4 system with 4A automatic mode and a two-speed transfer case. The 4×4 system is not new, but the pricing for the FX4 off-road package has changed. The truck you see here was not equipped with the FX4 package, which would have added an electronically locking rear differential, hill descent control, off-road tuned front shocks, and skid plates underneath. The F-150 FX4 package now retails for $770.
The 360-degree and other front and back camera views helped navigate a very narrow path through the forest. The large crew cab truck made it through to final water hole without issue. This was a relatively easy off-road trail, but the water crossing promised to be fun. Check out the splash in the video below.