Ford will introduce a range of new fuel efficient powertrains for the 2018 F-150 to keep up with the competition.
Details surrounding the 2018 Ford F-150 have been slowly trickling out over the past few months. We recently learned that Ford’s flagship pickup truck will be getting styling tweaks, advanced safety tech, and a powerful new diesel engine for the 2018 model. But Ford is going to have to do more than that if the F-150 is to continue its reign as the world’s best-selling pickup truck for the past four decades. To keep up with the competition, Ford has detailed a new range of powertrains for the 2018 F-150 that provide better fuel efficiency than ever before.
Opt for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine option with two-wheel drive, and Ford claims the 2018 F-150 can achieve a combined 22 mpg thanks to a slew of improvements and a new 10-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, that translates to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That means the 2018 F-150’s fuel economy will be the best in its class with this specification, which is impressive when you consider it still produces 400 lb-ft of torque and 325 horsepower. The economy numbers dip slightly if you add four-wheel drive, however, with a combined rating of 21 mpg, 19 mpg for city driving and 24 mpg on the highway.
The bragging rights don’t end there, as Ford also claims that the 2018 F-150 will have the best-in-class towing and payload capacity. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which pumps out 375 hp, can pull a class-leading 13,200 pounds thanks to its 470 lb-ft of torque that “beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors” according to Ford, including V8s with nearly twice its displacement. With this specification, rear-wheel drive variants have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 18 mpg for the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. Likewise, the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds.
The engine produces 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, enabling the pickup to return up to 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined. While the entry-level 3.3-liter V6 engine doesn’t get any best-in-class accolades, it’s still a marginal improvement over the 3.5-liter V6, producing 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Not exactly the most capable model if you plan to regularly use it for towing or hauling cargo, but it’s still relatively fuel efficient with EPA estimates of 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for two-wheel drive models.