Ford Motor Co. detailed the powertrain specs for the 2018 models of two of its top-selling vehicles – the Ford F-150 pickup truck and the Ford Expedition.
The 2018 F-150 will have five engine choices, including its first diesel option.
The base engine will now be an efficient 3.3-liter V6 that adds dual port and direct-injection technology to deliver more power and torque than the 3.5-liter V6 it replaces. It will produce 290 horsepower, a gain of eight horsepower over the previous powerplant. It will generate 265 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 12.
Ford said the engine will get better fuel economy than the one it replaces. But the automaker did not release the engine’s Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings.
The next option is a new, second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost – turbocharged – engine that produces 325 horsepower, the same as the previous version. But torque jumps by 25 pound-feet to 400. The engine will be paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford also made improvements to the big 5.0-liter V8 engine F-150 by using advanced dual port and direct-injection technology to squeeze out 10 more horsepower and 13 pound-feet of torque. It will now produce 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, the automaker said.
The F-150 also will get an optional 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the 2018 F-150s go on sale this fall, the diesel engine won’t be available until next spring.
Two other engines – both 3.5 liter turbocharged V6s – are holdovers from the 2017 model year.
In addition to offering a 10-speed automatic transmission – the first truck in the half-ton segment to do so – the 2018 F-150 will be the first full-size pickup to add Auto Start-Stop technology as standard equipment across all models and engines, a move that improves fuel economy. The feature shuts off the engine at stop lights and in some traffic delays and restarts the engine when the driver gets ready to accelerate.
The 2018 Ford Expedition also gets the 10-speed automatic transmission and Auto Start-Stop technology.
The redesigned sport-utility vehicle will come with two versions of a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The standard model will produce 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful version – producing 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque – will be available on higher trim levels, Ford said.
“Each F-150 and Expedition customer has unique needs, and we can deliver even more of the capability and efficiency they are looking for, thanks to our strategic use of lightweight materials and innovative V6 engines,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing for Ford.