It’s some things old and something new as Ford rolls out its 2018 line of trucks and SUVs.
Ford is bringing back the Ranger midsize pickup truck to its North American vehicle lineup in 2019, and the Bronco midsize SUV to its global vehicle portfolio in 2020, according to the company.
Both vehicles will be manufactured at Ford’s assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.
“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable, yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill-seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.”
2018 F-150 HIGHLIGHTS
Meanwhile, Ford is calling its new 2018 F-150 pickup “even tougher, even smarter and even more capable than ever.”
Three years after introducing the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied Ford F-150, the new F-150 arrives with bold new front and rear styling, advanced technologies—including available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection—and improved engines.
The engine lineup includes an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbo diesel. and enhanced V-6 and V-8 gas engines.
“Truck customers are constantly looking to improve their productivity, for work and for play,” Hinrichs said. “Since 1977, we’ve been America’s favorite truck, and we’ve never taken that leadership for granted. This new F-150 is our latest example of Ford’s commitment to going further for our customers through continuous innovation.”
Structural highlights include a high-strength steel, fully boxed ladder frame and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body that save weight and add capability, helping F-150 tow heavier trailers and deliver best-in-class payload ratings.
From XL to top-of-the-line Limited models, all Ford F-150s received new grilles, headlamps and bumpers designed to create a visually wider and more planted stance and maximum differentiation between the series.
On the Sport Package-equipped Lariat F-150, for instance, the signature twin bars are painted body color for a custom appearance.
Six all-new wheel designs will be offered, ranging from 17 to 22 inches in diameter, and a new sculpted tailgate with stamped F-150 are flanked by new taillamp. For further style differentiation, a tailgate applique adds a horizontal element to King Ranch, Platinum and Limited versions.
F-150 also brings two new seating trim colors: Dark Marsala for F-150 Platinum, while top-of-the-line F-150 Limited offers a Navy Pier environment. New trim offerings including carbon fiber-appearance appliques on F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport models, while the F-150 King Ranch features new Kingsville Appointed seats.
New technologies are included to improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, while keeping occupants connected to the world around them.
Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality allows drivers to set a cruising speed. It then uses radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles—even following a vehicle down to a complete stop.
Available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection helps the driver avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.
With a new, available embedded 4G LTE modem for a Wi-Fi hot spot, customers can connect up to 10 mobile devices at one time virtually anywhere, while a new B&O PLAY available audio system takes advantage of high-end speakers, sound and tuning to deliver a richer, more engaging listening experience.
The new F-150 introduces an all-new, standard 3.3-liter V-6 engine with direct-injection for increased efficiency. It is expected to offer the same 282 hp and 253 foot-pounds of torque as the previous model’s standard 3.5-liter V-6.
An all-new, second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine features advanced dual port and direct injection technology, reduced internal friction and improved robustness. Like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired to the segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.
The 5.0-liter V-8 also sees improvements in 2018, as the naturally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for increased power and torque. It’s also paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time.
The 2018 F-150 also adds an available all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, designed, engineered and tested in-house and paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s the first-ever diesel engine offered for the F-150.
In addition to the segment-first 10-speed automatic, the Ford F-150 is now the first full-size pickup truck to add automatic start/stop as standard equipment across all models and engines, the company added.
The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at the Ford truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.