Ford Motor Co. is expected to introduce a new look for its 2018 F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. The truck was caught on the road showing off a new face prior to its debut.

The pickup — America's top-selling vehicle — will get cosmetic changes to keep it fresh and visually interesting. Its technology will also undergo updates. The new front end emulates the two-bar design that adorns its bigger sibling, the Super Duty pickup. But there also some softer design cues. There's an updated tailgate, with a new handle and a more subdued look without a visible crease.

By the time the facelifted model is on the road, many F-150 models should be offered with the 10-speed automatic transmission developed jointly with GM and headed first for the Raptor. A revised Ecoboost V6 engine should provide increased power and efficiency as Ford continues to seek fuel economy gains for its truck. A V6 diesel should also appear in time for the facelift, although the planned gas-electric hybrid version comes in 2020.

Expect to see the revised F-150 next year and at dealerships by 2018.

Editor’s note: Photos and story by Brian Williams for Trucks.com.

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot.

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck spy shot. (Photo: Brian Williams)

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