Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.
The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.
In a bid to improve fuel efficiency, Ford will pair a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford will also offer a new standard 3.3L V-6 engine with direct injection that offers no power loss from the standard 3.5L V-6 that powers the 2017 model. It's expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque of the engine it will replace. Ford will no longer offer the 3.5L V-6, said Kristen Simpson, a Ford spokesperson.
A second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost engine will replace the 3.5L EcoBoost. It features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction and improved robustness to offer improved levels of output, efficiency, quality and durability, according to Ford.
The 5.0L V-8 also sees improvements in 2018, as the naturally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for increased power and torque. The trio of gasoline engines will also be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 F-150 will go on sale in the fall.