• 2018 Ford F-150: What to Expect from the Facelift and Update?

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    2017 Ford F-150

    The 2017 NAIAS show (aka. Detroit Auto Show) is just five days away. One of the rumored reveals at the show is the face-lifted and updated 2018 Ford F-150. Yes, paint is barely dry on the 2017 F-150s with the 10-speed as they leave the factory, and we are already talking about the 2018 facelift. However, the current generation of the aluminum-bodied F-150 has been in production since the 2015 model year. It is time for a facelift, as the automotive lifecycle goes. So what can we expect?

    First, lets be clear that Ford has not officially announced the 2018 F-150 debut for the 2017 NAIAS debut. Ford likes to surprise us all at the Detroit show. This information is based on the prototypes we have seen and credible information from other sources, such as Ford Authority.

    3.0L Turbo-Diesel V8

    We have seen a plethora of turbo-diesel F-150 test mules (see video below). There is the diesel clatter and the larger exhaust tip with cooling slots. All information points to a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6, an engine similar to what you can find in current Land Rover / Range Rover SUVs. This is a torquey and efficient motor that will be able to take the fight directly to the Ram EcoDiesel. Will Ford actually do this? We need to wait a little longer to find out for sure.

    4.8L Gas V8

    Several sources have reported that a new 4.8L gasoline V8 will be replaced the beloved 5.0L “Five-Oh Coyote” V8. The 4.8L engine is reported to have dual fuel injection system (direct and port injection) similar to the system on the 2nd generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the 2017 F-150. Ford is not alone in going to dual gasoline injection. Toyota has done this with the 2016 Tacoma and is rumored to do the same with the all-new 2018 Toyota Tundra. Dual injection is meant to deliver improved power and improved efficiency. The face-lifted 2018 Ford Mustang is also rumored to get the 4.8L V8. It may not have the cool name such as the “Five-Oh HO” or the “Coyote”. Perhaps, Ford will use another cool nickname? Let’s see what Ford does.

    10-Speed Transmission

    There is a good likelihood that the 10-Speed automatic transmission to find its way into more Ford trucks and SUVs. It could go along with the 4.8L V8, the 2.7L EcoBoost, or even the 3.0L turbo-diesel.


    Expect to see new headlights, grille, and tail lights on the 2018 F-150. The look should closely resemble the 2017 Ford Super Duty with two large horizontal grille elements and c-shaped headlights.


    Not much information is known about the interior upgrades on the 2018 F-150.

    No matter what happens, the pickup truck world is not getting any less exciting.

    Here is our “Prototype Hunting” video where we catch what appear to be F-150 turbo-diesel test mules.

    Here is a first look at the 2017 Ford F-150 with the second generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission.

    Andre Smirnov
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    75 thoughts on “2018 Ford F-150: What to Expect from the Facelift and Update?

    1. The 4.8 is getting ecoboosted with a pair of turbos and getting shoehorned into the superduty. 450 hp and 625 lb/ft. It’s going to run circles around the 6.7 scorpion with loads under 15k lbs

          1. It was an original goal with the 5.0 but issues with the Gen1 3.5 side-lined the project. The updates on the Gen2 3.5, especially the dual fuel injection are an integral part of the success of the new 4.8. My GUESS is that it’s a de-stroked version of the Coyote to allow for additional boost levels.

      1. Not sure how it would ‘run circles’ around the 6.7L either, considering the HP is nearly identical but it would still have 300lb-ft less. If you’re referring to speed, every F-150 except the base model is already much quicker than the diesel Super Duty, thanks to weight…

        1. If the 4.8 Ecoboost were to become a reality (and that’s a huge if), I would think horsepower would be well over 450 considering the new Raptor gets 450 HP out of it’s 3.5 Ecoboost. I know it likely would not be tuned as hot, but still, it seems like 550-600 HP would be pretty easily attainable. And I would expect torque to be in the 650 range. My opinion for a long time is that a motor like this would change the 3/4 and 1 ton market significantly. Diesels are getting too complex with all the emissions requirements, and an Ecoboost V8 would make for a very powerful powertrain (and low end torque) without the $8-10k premium a diesel costs. It would also eliminate the emissions issues.

          1. Don’t think for a minute tohat a ecoboost v8 would be cheap. Cheaper than a diesel yes, quicker yes, but inferior to the 6.7 by far considering towing ability and fuel efficiency.

            1. I agree. People also forget just how rugged the GM, Ford, and Cummins HD pickup engines are. They use a gear-driven camshaft and fuel pump. They use multi-overhead valve designs. They use iron blocks. The EcoBoost engines are great…I’m a big proponent of them. But for daily use of towing anywhere near the posted numbers of the big trucks…I don’t think you’d see the longevity…

            2. I didn’t claim it would be cheap, but the existing EcoBoost engines are priced competitively with engines from other manufacturers. The GM 6.2 is a more costly upgrade than Ford 3.5 Ecoboost, for example. And the Ford 2.7 Ecoboost is a cheaper upgrade than the Ford 5.0.

              I understand they will get fewer MPGs, but you would also be burning fuel that is cheaper to purchase. And the engine itself would be $8-10k less than the diesel.

              I also agree with Troverman that longevity would need to be addressed, but I don’t see why that couldn’t be engineered into the engine. The 2.7 Ecoboost already uses a CGI block, which is stronger and lighter than cast iron. A boosted 4.8 could incorporate that and other methods to beef it up. I could be wrong, but I don’t see any reason an engine like that couldn’t be built to last a long time.

            3. That being said, if you are going to tow 15,000 lbs or more on a regular basis, diesel is still probably the way to go. I’m a fan of diesel, but I am getting leery of all the emissions systems and issues they can cause. If I were in the market for a Super Duty truck, I would much rather own a boosted gas engine (me personally), than a diesel right now, but part of that is knowing that I will likely never need to tow more than 10-15k pounds.

            4. The problem with the current HD engine offerings is that there is a massive gap between the gas motors and the diesels. What normal person buys a gas motor’d F350? No one, because they know that the Gas motors are weaker than what you can even get in a 1/2ton. But for a lot of people, a 6.7PSD is like doing trim work with a framing hammer, its over the top. Putting a 4.8L Ecoboost in an SD will allow a lot of folks to comfortable move up from 1/2 tons that are not quite capable of what they need, and still not have to step up to a PSD. I think it would fill the void that Nissan tried(and failed) to with the Titan XD.

    2. All new Tundra in ’18? That’s a reach. All that Toyota will offer is a new engine, may be the 5.0 tuned for a light truck application that will provide may be a 2 MPG better than the current 5.7. Second, it’ll have an eight speed auto. Third, may be a few more saftey features. And that’s it. I wouldn’t call that all new; the ’07 Tundra was all new.
      Along with the ’18 will be some “bugs” to work out. When the ’07 came out, it had some bugs and new ones made it further into production (cam tower leak, etc.). The new ’16 Tacoma has “bugs” as well as noted by Consumer Reports.

      1. Thank you for the feedback on the Tundra. We hope Toyota will do more than just an engine/transmission/safety update on the Tundra. 11 years since the last all-new truck is a long time.


      1. It is my firm suspicion that Ford is delaying the entry of a Ranger until they begin to see a decline in demand for full size trucks.

        1. I think the Ranger and Bronco are indeed no guarantee based upon the latest tight-lipped comments from Ford…they just will not confirm it…

        2. Ford do not need to see a decline in demand for full size trucks merely a demand for mid size. Toyota and more recently GM have proved that there is most certainly a demand so why wouldn’t Ford want a slice of that market?

    3. I HIGHLY doubt we will see the 2018 F-150 with the 4.8L. All of the “sources” on this have been vague. The Mustang will likely get the new engine first.
      Honestly, I am not sure why Ford is replacing the Coyote after only 7 years of service. That is only about half of the time the Triton was around.
      The 5.0 would be great with the new 10 speed. It would make better use of the 4 extra gears than the 3.5tt. Just look at what the 8 speeds did for the Ram 5.7 and GM 5.3

      1. I think its a possibility as a money-saving move. More than likely, they are taking the new 3.5L EcoBoost block and adding two more cylinders while utilizing the same fuel system. Yes, it would be a 60-degree V8, but Mercedes used to do this with their 3.2L V6 and 4.3L V8 engines. Both were 90 degrees. Ford could make both 60 degrees.

        If the internals were the same, it would be possible to boost the new V8. Aside from making a lot of power, it would be pointless. It would use more fuel and weigh more. But the power is largely a moot point as well – the current V6 EcoBoost is class-leading. The Raptor HO version and GT SuperCar show the 3.5L TT is clearly not tapped out.

        The biggest negative would be the lost marketing potential of the 5.0L moniker.

        Nevertheless, a 4.8L engine could be a little lighter, produce the same or better power, and be cheaper to build. All positives for Ford.

        1. We might be looking in the wrong direction for ford.
          Their Supercar now has a ecoboost.
          Couple of websites are quoting Ford CEO as saying That Ford will be pushing 13 Electric/hybrid models or variants of current models including the F150.

          1. “The F-150 hybrid will also hit production in 2020, and interestingly, can be used as a mobile generator on a job site. Ford also promises that the F-150 hybrid will offer excellent towing and payload capacity.” -roadandtrack.com

        2. I believe you are correct. Ford has a long history of using a modular engine design with the 4.6L, 5.4L and 6.8L. If you calculate bore and stroke of the 3.5L to a V8 is is almost a 4.8L V8. A lot of money can be saved during development and even help improve durability if most components are interchangeable or the same specs. It would make a great platform for going turbo since the components are already tested for boost. If they can make an efficient V8 i think it can help with fuel economy, especially loaded.

          1. The modular has more to do with tooling to machine them. Not so much similar parts in engines. Notice that the bore of 4.6, 5.4, 6.8 are same. Given the bore of the 3.5L of 3.64 inches, a 4.8L v8 gets a stroke of 3.51 inches. So we shall see what Ford does as far as bore.

            1. it really has to do with both. You can share rods with the 5.4L and 6.8L. I believe the valves are all the same throughout the line of engines. Many gaskets are the same, cam profiles etc. So yes the machining is similar but so are several main components.

    4. the fact that they are putting the same direct/ port injection as the new 3.5 on the 4.8 means it will probably get turbos at some point.

        1. “The next-generation heavy-duty Ram pickup has reportedly joined the Jeep Wagoneer on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ growing list of delayed …
          Nothing to report except that Ford is a moving target.

      1. ford is the trump of news. they get news coverage because he makes news. and RAM is low energy jeb bush

      2. We do not have much information about the 2018 Ram trucks. Also, we don’t have any prototype sightings of the next generation 2018 Ram 1500. We do not have the money to buy spy shots from other photographers. We rely on the shots and information that we gather ourselves.

        We are excited about the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. We hope to see the new Ram there!


        1. Thank you. I’ve seen other articles on the new body style with rumors of what’s to come. I find TFL to be a more credible site.
          Just curious as why I haven’t read similar articles here.

        1. This is first time I comment in here. Someone uses my RAM nickname on TFL. I don’t know why people can’t use their own made nickname, but
          I have no control on this issue and your advice is rude and inappropriate, because it could post a ford fan trying to compromise me in here, like you.

            1. I hope RAM/Ram, Johnny Doe/GMSRGREAT don’t start polluting and ruin this site like they have at PUTC.

      1. We do not have an update on the Ranger yet. Lets wait until next week for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to learn more.


    5. Not sure I understand the logic behind reducing the displacement of the Coyote V-8. I would guess that a naturally aspirated 4.8L V-8 would have similar power levels to the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6.
      However, I could understand a 4.8L V-8 with forced induction as a replacement for their larger V-8 and V-10 truck engines and it could also be used in something like a GT500 Mustang.
      As far as the NAIAS is concerned, I would be more interested in some real news about the Ranger and Bronco. Fords seems bent on milking the F-150 for as long as they can while sacrificing mid-size sales to the competition. A lot of customers might wait for a Ranger if they knew it was coming and a lot of those same buyers don’t want or need a monster full-size. Silence is not necessarily golden. More potential lost customers than F-150 buyers. These guys probably thought Hillary was going to win too.

        1. If it ain’t broke, might as well improve it! Maybe the 292 is something I’ll buy next go around.

      1. It’s our guess that it will be there, but Ford has not confirmed it. Ford has several vehicles waiting in the wings, and they like to keep us guessing.


    6. Any word on when,or if,Nissan will come out with an all new Frontier diesel? Or is that project dead?

      1. Nissan said that they will release the Titan King Cab before they will focus on the next update for the Frontier. So, expect the Titan King Cab first. We are still unsure about how far they will take the next Frontier (diesel or not).


      1. Just imagine what a TT 4.8L V8 would do mated to a 10 speed auto in a mustang. It would have gobs of power and a pure blast to beat on.

    7. A hybrid f150 would be awesome. Since ford is lighter by a few hundred pounds they have room to add weight of electric propulsion and still weigh the same as silverado. A f150 I think with the 2.3 ecoboost mated used to provide power to 2 wheels and charge batteries, and electric motors to the 2 other wheels… 4wd without transfer case and a drive line to 1 axle. It would be a game changer. Slap a ludicrious mode like tesla has for pure enjoyment and monster torque and speed not seen in pickups before.

      It would also be easy to make an awd mustang that way…

      Other online pubs are reporting that ford has stated that the hybrid system they will come with for the mustang and f150 will be more about performance rather then efficiency.

    8. Hey guys what happened to the sales charts of December? I mean is it the most important sales chart of the year? PLease i want to know if the F-150 was the best selling truck or did the GM twins beat it.

    9. I can see the logic of ford going to the 4.8 as it can share parts with the 3.5. But I don’t believe they will make it another turbo charged motor because there are still many, mostly older, customers who still want a naturally aspirated engine. I believe many of those customers will move into a chevy or ram rather than buy into technology they don’t yet trust 100%.

      1. Somebody is in trouble for forgetting that piece of camo!
        I’ll say it looks very nice, even if it has a strong hint of 99-03 Silverado in it…

    10. Why don’t they just leave the 5.0 alone. Have on in my truck, just turned 100,000. Great engine! Also I wished they never got rid of the straight six 300ci engine,that was also a great engine, a true work horse.

    11. What if the 4.8 will be used as a base for the hybrid system. If it’s N/A it would make at a guess 350 hp and 370 tq. Add a hybrid system that could boost it to 390hp and 400tq. With it being lighter than competition it could work out well for Ford.

    12. The last time I red anything about SD p/u gas engines is a report from the uaw growing the 6.2 to 6.4 in size. I would more less believe this than I would having an newer smaller engine (4.8) put in the new sd. I was told the 10 SPD Automatic will be going into the SD. When is anybody’s guess.

    13. I read an article about a new F150 going through an automatic car wash and it had $6000 worth of damage after the wash. Maybe GM should do a tv ad comparing the two trucks after washing them.

      1. Chevy should throw the Tahoe in the ad too, what about the lady in her new Tahoe goes through a car wash and end up with over $8,000 worth a damage. The flaps tore off her side mirror and banged it across the side (detail runner forgot to fold them in), broke a window, made huge dents. They tried to stop the machine and it ran the vehicle off the tracks, blew the tire drug the vehicle causing more damage. Happened at the Wash Tub in San Antonio. Fixed her car and gave her free basic car washes for life. It is always more human error than manufacture at car washes. I will always hand wash mine. Guy in the F-150 should have taken off his antenna like EVERY automatic car wash advises.

    14. I hope for Ford’s sake they get better MPG’s with this new diesel than Ram is getting. I can see a 2.7 Ecoboost with the 10 speed nearly matching the Rams numbers and out performing it in the process. If it doesn’t, then its merely a ploy to keep the diesel-or-nothing fan boys from jumping ship to Ram.

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