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2018 Ford F150 Gets a Diesel Engine and a New Look

Jan 09, 2017 - 2:38 PM - by TorqueNews
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Ford Motor Company has used the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the facelifted 2018 Ford F150 pickup truck and while the new look is a nice change, the big news is that the 2018 F150 will feature a 3.0L PowerStroke diesel engine – confirming the popular rumors of a diesel-powered half ton Ford. Reprinted with TorqueNews.com with permission.

It has been speculated for at least a year now that the Ford F150 would eventually get a small diesel engine and more recently, spy shots showing test trucks driving around Metro Detroit led us to believe that the F150 would be getting a facelift in the immediate future.

Well, the future is now, as Ford Motor Company has announced that the 2018 Ford F150 will get a new front end, new taillights and a new diesel engine which just might make the F150 the most fuel-friendly half ton truck in America.

The New Face of the 2018 F150
First up, the biggest surprise with the 2018 Ford F150 is the refreshed face. The current F150 was introduced for the 2015 model year, so after only three model years, the Motor Company has given their bestselling half ton truck a pretty significant exterior refresh.

The key change is the grille design of the 2018 F150, which features a bold two-bar design which spans the grille opening and reaches into the headlight housings. The headlights themselves are new as well, with a similar basic design to that found on the current F150, but the new LED headlights are larger, giving the front end a much wider feel. It should also be noted that on at least one 2018 F150 trimline (presumably the base model), the grille is left open, without the bars, but the headlight design is similar.

Continuing that widening feel is a redesigned front bumper that looks a great deal like the current F150, but revised fog light bezels give the bumper a wider look. Overall, the changes to the front of the 2018 F150 go a long way in making it look bigger and more like the current Super Duty pickups – and that isn’t a bad thing.
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2018 Ford F-150 Debuts with New Diesel Engine and More Tech

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Just ahead of its hometown auto show in Detroit, the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 was revealed with more technology, a new diesel engine, and a segment-first 10-speed transmission.

The biggest news with the 2018 Ford F-150 is the availability of an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel engine, which marks the first time the popular pickup is offered with a diesel. Although output for this new engine has not been fully revealed, expect it to be both fuel efficient and well-suited for towing.

The refreshed truck also replaces the base 3.5-liter V6 with a more efficient 3.3L unit that is expected to offer the same 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque as the engine it replaces. The second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost also gets tweaked for better efficiency, more output, and better durability and will be paired with the new 10-speed transmission. Not to be left out, the 5.0L V8 also gets upgraded for higher output and will also be hooked up to the new 10-speed. Ford has not yet announced specific output for the upgraded engines but has confirmed that stop/start will be standard on all F-150s.
Read more about the 2018 Ford F-150 Debuts with New Diesel Engine and More Tech at AutoGuide.com.
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Foutz Motorsports 2017 Ford F150 Raptor Race Truck Headed to NAIAS

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:14 AM - by TorqueNews
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The production-spec 2017 Ford F150 Raptor campaigned by Greg Foutz Motorsports has finished the 2016 offroad racing season with flying colors and after being closely examined by the Ford Performance team in Detroit, this hard-run Raptor will be displayed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the Motor City. Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com.

The 2017 Ford F150 Raptor has similar expectations to the previous generation SVT Raptor, but rather than the proven drivetrain bits from the previous Raptor – including the 6.2L V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission – the new Raptor relies on a handful of “unusual” mechanical components. Most notably, the V8 has been replaced by a new version of the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 and the 6-speed automatic has been replaced by a new 10-speed gearbox.

Since it was announced that the 2017 F150 Raptor would rely on EcoBoost power sent through the new 10-speed gearbox, there have been critics who insisted that this drivetrain component won’t be ideal for a high performance pickup. To prove those folks wrong, Ford set up Greg Foutz Motorsports with a new production-spec F150 Raptor to campaign in a handful of key off-road races throughout 2016.

With the EcoBoost engine, the new 10-speed gearbox, the high performance suspension setup and the new advanced four wheel drive system, the 2017 Raptor “race truck” was able to finish some of the toughest races in North America.

“We didn’t slap our name on a trophy truck like other manufacturers do,” said Brian Bell, Ford Raptor marketing manager. “We ran a stock truck with full factory air conditioning, factory glass, AM/FM SIRIUS/XM satellite radio, the same engine and advanced off-road drivetrain and suspension that you’ll soon see at your Ford dealer.”
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Vote Now: Who Wore it Better Ford Raptor vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro?

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:12 AM - by TorqueNews
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Both the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ford Raptor look great in winter white. Which do you think looks better? Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com.

Off-road pickups look great blasting through snow drifts. Ten months ago Toyota announced the all-new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro with a winter photo shoot highlighting the white on black TRD Pro with its nose up showing off its undergarments (skid plate and suspension). The images have been used dozens of times by publications this year including by Torque News.

This past week, Ford released a cool new video of one of our favorite drivers, Ken Block, driving the new Raptor in snow. It is the best Raptor video so far for the new generation, the past ones being way too sedate. Interestingly, Ford also chose white on black as the colors of the test vehicle. (see the video here)

Our question for the Torque News fans who like either or both trucks, is which truck wears the Storm Trooper uniform better? In the images, the Raptor definitely has the edge since Block is busting through snow and the truck has the appearance of speed. On the other hand, the Tacoma looks better with its lights on highlighting its bling bling. We have to call the skidplates a tie.
Tell us below which truck looks better to you. If you want to add your opinion on which is the ultimate off-road pickup, feel free to add your thoughts on that as well!
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Why Transmission Testing is Delaying the 2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Dec 26, 2016 - 12:00 PM - by TorqueNews
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A report by Reuters confirmed that 2017 Ford F150 pickups are piling up at storage facilities between production and dealerships as the automaker works to complete testing of the new 10-speed automatic transmission – and today we look at why this testing process is preventing the company from shipping these new trucks. TorqueNews reports. Reprinted with permission.

There have been videos floating around the internet showing a massive parking lot full of 2017 Ford F150 Raptors, which has left people wondering why these trucks are not being shipped to dealerships around the country. According to a “top executive” from Ford Motor Company who spoke with Reuters, many of the 2017 F150 pickups with the new 10-speed automatic transmission are being held back from dealerships as engineers work to finalize the testing procedures.

In other words, these trucks have been built and they are ready to ship, but since the engineering team has finished their final tests on the new 10-speed transmission, these trucks are being held at the various storage facilities. Once the final phases of testing have been completed, these trucks will all be shipped, if no issues are found during the final tests – but what happens if the engineers do find a problem?

This is the question from many online who don’t understand why Ford would built scores of new F150s with a transmission which has not been fully tested. Unfortunately, many reports of this delay don’t explain exactly what goes on during the final phases of the testing process, so while Ford hasn’t specified exactly what they are finalizing – we can make some guesses based on the normal course of events leading up to a new component launch.
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