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Better than Ever: 2018 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

The Ford F-150 pickup truck is tougher, smarter and more capable than ever for 2018. New features include standard Auto Start-Stop for all engines. Major exterior freshening across lineup includes new grilles, bumpers, lighting, tailgate outer, appliqués and wheels. The full-size Ford pickup truck is available in Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab configurations; 5.5, 6.5 and 8.0 foot cargo box sizes; and XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trim levels.

Power is generated by a second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost V6; an all-new 3.3-liter V6 with port and direct-injection technology and flex-fuel capability; 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6; and an enhanced 5.0L V8 featuring advanced dual port and direct-injection technology as well as spray-on bore liner technology. Torque is communicated to the wheels through an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes – normal, tow/haul and sport. The optional (standard on 2.7L EcoBoost) electronic ten-speed automatic features selectable drive modes – normal, tow/haul, snow/wet, eco-select and sport. All-wheel drive is an available option. The FX4 off-road package can be added to most four-wheel-drive models, improving trail capability with an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks.

Billed as the “Toughest F-150 Ever”, the F-150 features a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys are used throughout the F-150 body. These alloys, already used in aerospace, commercial transportation and other industries, make the pickup truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.

Inside the passenger cabin, Ford engineers and designers included a long list of onboard features that offer capabilities never before realized in a full-size pickup. Included for the first time in an F-150 are a remote opening tailgate, LED headlights, LED cargo box lights, and extensive on-the-job and at-play amenities. The interior was created with comfort and utility in mind, right down to the buttons and controls that are sized so that a person wearing work gloves can operate them.

To help drivers maintain a close eye on the truck’s many systems, the instrument panel has an eight-inch productivity screen featuring computer-generated graphics and customizable information. The speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and amp meter are fully computer-generated, and the driver can choose additional screens for a specific use such as towing or off-roading. The driver also can configure the locations and colors of the individual instruments.

The Ford F-150 features a high-power inverter with two available 110-volt 400-watt outlets in the dash and second-row center console in SuperCab and SuperCrew models. These outlets are perfect for recharging power tools or running electrical equipment on the job site, and their central location keeps them secure and easily accessible from any side of the truck.

Dimensions & specifications
Regular Cab/standard cargo box
Wheelbase: 122.4; overall length: 209.3; width: 79.9; height: 75.2/76.7 (4x2/4x4)
Regular Cab/long cargo box
Wheelbase: 144.1; overall length: 227.9; width: 79.9; height: 74.8/76.6 (4x2/4x4)

SuperCab/standard cargo box
Wheelbase: 145.0; overall length: 231.9; width: 79.9; height: 75.2/76.9 (4x2/4x4)
SuperCab/long cargo box
Wheelbase: 163.7; overall length: 250.5; width: 79.9; height: 75.2/76.6 (4x2/4x4)

SuperCrew/short cargo box
Wheelbase: 145.0; overall length: 231.9; width: 79.9; height: 75.3/76.9 (4x2/4x4)
SuperCrew/standard cargo box
Wheelbase: 156.8; overall length: 243.7; width: 79.9; height: 75.3/76.9 (4x2/4x4)

Engine: 3.3L V6 – 290 hp at 6500 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm; 2.7L EcoBoost V6 – 325 hp at 5000 rpm and 400 lb-ft of torque at 2750 rpm; 3.5L EcoBoost V6 – 375 hp at 5000 and 470 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm; 3.5L V6 EcoBoost High Output – 450 hp at 5000 rpm and 510 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm; 5.0L V8 - 395 hp at 5750 rpm and 400 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
Transmission: six-speed automatic, ten speed automatic.
Payload capacity: 3,270 lbs.
Towing capacity: 13,200 lbs.

Safety features
Dual front airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock; AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control; rear view camera with dynamic hitch assist, curve control, trailer sway control, automatic headlamps, daytime running lights, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, full-size spare tire and wheel lock, and tire pressure monitoring system. XLT adds SYNC communications system, MyKey, remote keyless entry, automatic power door locks, and fog lamps. Lariat adds hill descent control, SYNC Connect with WiFi hotspot, power-adjusted pedals with memory, and intelligent access with push-button start. King Ranch adds trailer brake controller, reverse sensing system, universal garage door opener, quad beam LED headlamps, LED taillamps, and LED fog lamps. Platinum adds automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, inflatable second-row safety belts (SuperCrew), perimeter anti-theft alarm, and remote vehicle start system. Limited adds 360-degree camera with split view display, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and lane keeping system.

Optional safety features include: Pro Trailer backup assist, tailgate step with tailgate lift assist.

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile
Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/60,000 mile 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck starts from $27,705 for the regular cab XL 4x2 upto $64,785 for the SuperCrew Limited 4x4. Destination charges add $1,495.

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