Ford has given the mighty F-150 a facelift for 2018 and apart for a new front end and lots of tech, the pick-up will also be available with a diesel engine.

The current gen model debuted three years ago all the talk back then was the new aluminium body, and now it has been redesigned and features a new look grille and headlights.

The front fascia is bigger and bolder, the grille shapes extend into the headlight clusters, and it has a double C-clamp design for the LED running lights.

There are to be several new grilles in fact – some will be body colored, some will be chromed, and some will have a mesh finish some mesh along with six new wheel designs, and three new appliques for the tailgate. At the back, it gets new lighting elements and a restyled tailgate.

As for the cabin, there are now some new seating trim options; The F-150 Platinum gets Dark Marsala, while the F-150 Limited has Navy Pier. The F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport get carbon-fibre style trim while the F-150 King Ranch has new Kingsville Appointed seats.

It will also pack some new safety and infotainment technology such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go functionality. It also gets 4G LTE internet connectivity, a Bang & Olufsen high-end audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The base 3.5-litre V6 has been replaced with a 3.3 which will be mated to a six-speed automatic while the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-litre V8 have been upgraded and will have a new ten-speed auto but the big news is that the newbie can be had with a new 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel.

Not that we’ll be getting that here. The 3.3-litre – with port and direct fuel injection – is expected to offer around 282 horsepower. There are no official figures for the 2.7-litre EcoBoost or the 5.0-litre – the latter which switches to spray-bore cylinder liners like those used on the Mustang’s 5.0-litre – but more will be revealed when the truck is officially revealed at the Detroit motor show tomorrow.


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