Ford F-150 Overview

 The 2018 Ford F-150: The Meaning of Tough Redefined. Forever.

Yesterday’s meaning of tough — heavy strength — has changed forever with high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy replacing conventional steel in the cab/bed of the stronger yet lighter Ford F-150.  Not aluminum in the household sense, but heat-treated and hardened aluminum alloy — the same high-grade 6000-series used in big military and industrial applications. Idea became reality with new computer-aided design technology followed by F-150 prototypes subjected to over 16 million cumulative kilometres of torturous testing on Ford proving grounds and real world job sites. Today, yesterday’s old meaning of tough lies far behind in the F-150 driver’s rearview mirror. 

High-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body

Doing something the right way often results in multiple benefits. Case in point: going from steel to  high-strength, military-grade , aluminum alloys in the F-150 cab and bed. Hardening aluminum alloy through heat-treating produces greater strength. Working with aluminum alloy also allows engineers to increase gauge (or thickness)  where needed to achieve extra strength without increasing weight. The stronger F-150 weighs up to 700 pounds less than the previous generation, resulting in greater power-to-weight ratio, enhanced fuel efficiency, plus higher max payload and tow ratings that are best-in-class*. Yet another benefit — resistance to dents and corrosion

Fully Boxed High-Strength Steel Frame

The fully boxed frame is made of more high-strength steel (up to 78 percent at 70,000 psi) and larger cross sections than frame in the previous generation. And while stronger and more rigid, this frame is also lighter by up to 60 lbs. (27 kg)  because many of the components are fabricated using the state-of-the-art roll-forming process that minimizes weight. 

F-150 Off-Road

Shifting into four-wheel drive is as easy as turning a dial with the electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) system. ESOF lets you choose between two 4-wheel-drive modes (4x4 low or high) as well as 2-wheel drive. LARIAT, King Ranch™ , Platinum, Limited and Raptor models also include an automatic 4WD mode. The FX4 Off-Road Package includes electronic-locking rear differential (locks the rear axle completely for enhanced traction at both wheels) , Hill Descent Control™ , off-road tuned shock absorbers, skid plates, and “FX4 Off-Road” decal. Plus, the available 360-degree camera with split-view display is helpful when you’re manoeuvring in tight spaces and on off-road trails..

F-150 Raptor

F-150 Raptor can take on the most unforgiving terrain a truck can set its tires on through. Today’s leaner and meaner Raptor is nearly 500 pounds (226 kg) lighter than the previous generation with its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum body plus high-strength, fully boxed steel frame. Power is supplied by a twin-turbo, dual-direct and port fuel-injected 3.5L EcoBoost® with 10-speed automatic delivering a massive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. Extreme off-road capability comes courtesy of features such as the TORQUE-ONDEMAND®  transfer case and FOX Racing Shox™. For a conventional 4-wheeler, this kind of off-roading is off limits. For the Raptor, it’s a routine day of play.

Engine lineup more potent than ever. Diesel coming.

Ford engineers constantly work to make the F-150 pickup better every year and push the competition even harder to try to keep up on the performance front. There are five engine choices, naturally aspirated and turbocharged, including the awesome high-output 3.5L EcoBoost®  in the Baja-bred F-150 Raptor. Auto Start-Stop Technology is on all engines. And more engines feature the segment-exclusive* 10-speed automatic. Even bigger F-150 news coming down the road is the new 3.0L Power Stroke®  Turbo Diesel (available Spring 2018).

3.5L EcoBoost

Not satisfied with the high power ratings of their 3.5L EcoBoost® , Ford engineers designed a second generation of this potent EcoBoost with even higher ratings of 375 horsepower and best-in-class* 470 lb.-ft. of torque, beats out all gas and diesel competitors. This engine delivers the F-150 max best-in-class* tow rating (when properly configured). Big improvements: Ford-first port fuel and direct injection (PFDI) with two injectors per cylinder—one in the air intake port and another inside the cylinder—to improve power and efficiency. All-new twin turbos for greater on-demand power. A more responsive plus high-end-efficient 10-speed transmission.

2.7L EcoBoost

How does the 2.7L EcoBoost® deliver impressive performance and capability*, with power ratings of 325 horsepower and a jaw-dropping 400 lb.-ft. of torque? The answer: features like Ford-first port fuel and direct injection (PFDI) with two injectors per cylinder (one in the air intake port, another inside the cylinder), plus upper block and cylinders made of the same high-strength compacted graphite iron used in the Super Duty® 6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel. And as for strength, the 2.7L EcoBoost powered an aluminum-alloy body F-150 prototype competed in the 2013 Baja 1000, finishing the race with needing just an air filter replacement. Afterwards, engineers drove that street-legal F-150 back to Michigan.

New 3.3L Ti-VCT V6

With responsive power and capability*, the new 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 can handle the demands of everyday jobs. The twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) opens/closes the valves in precise duration to suit operating conditions, so power output is optimized at every point across the performance band. The 3.3L also has the Ford-first port fuel and direct injection system (PFDI): two injectors per cylinder, one mounted in the air intake port and another positioned inside the cylinder. The 6-speed automatic transmission has three selectable modes to suit the driving condition: Normal, Tow-Haul, and Sport.

5.0L Ti-VCT V8

This legendary Ford V8 delivers even more muscle than ever and delivers a best-in-class payload*. Experience robust 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) and new direct-injection (DI). Ti-VCT optimizes performance across the entire power band to match driving conditions. DI injects gas at high pressure directly and precisely into each cylinder, extracting as much power as possible from every drop of fuel. The 5.0L offers a CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package for conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane autogas**. A Snow Plow Prep Package is also available.

Raptor DOHC 24-Valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost

The Baja-bred F-150 Raptor is perfectly at home on a typical paved road. But going from mild to wild on the most unforgiving terrain – now we’re in the territory where the Raptor excels with its extraordinary capability, beginning with raw power. Unique to the Raptor is a twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, 3.5L EcoBoost® with port fuel and direct injection system and 10-speed automatic. This high-output EcoBoost generates a massive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque—more power than the previous 6.2L V8. Raptor is also equipped with selectable terrain management modes: Normal, Baja, Rock Crawl, Sport, Mud-Sand, and Wet-Snow.

Advanced 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

F-150 EcoBoost® and V8 engines deliver their power through an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. Compared with the 6-speed gearbox it replaced, the 10-speed delivers improved overall performance, with enhanced acceleration at the low and mid ranges of the power band. Features include optimized wide-span gear spacing coupled with drag-reduction actions plus three overdrive gears. What’s more, you can choose from selectable modes: Normal, Tow-Haul, Snow-Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport.

Auto Start-Stop Technology

Auto start-stop technology is now a standard feature on all F-150 engines. When you come to a stop, the engine shuts off to save fuel and restarts immediately when the brake is released. Designed smart for truck applications, auto start-stop deactivates when it wouldn’t be needed such as when you’re towing or running in 4-wheel drive.

Lots of ways to maximize top-rated F-150 capability.

Ford F-150 delivers best-in-class payload and tow ratings*. And the F-150 can be equipped to smooth out the toughest of workdays and make every job as productive as possible. Choose from the many features available on no other half-ton pickup*— among them the innovative available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ 9 , integrated tailgate step and remote tailgate release, as well as deployable box side steps. It’s no wonder, when it comes to capability, the competition is always in a scramble to follow the leader, the Ford F-150.

Best-in-Class Towing

The F-150 can tow more than ever before, and more than any other pickup in its class*– up to 13,200 lbs. with the available 3.5L EcoBoost® twin-turbo V6. This second-generation EcoBoost is rated at 375 horsepower and best-in-class* 470 lb.-ft. of torque, beating out all gas and diesel competitors.

Best-in-Class Payload

Reducing weight is an effective way to increase payload. And that’s what resulted from cutting the weight of the F-150 body with high-strength, military-grade , aluminum alloy. Greater strength with less weight helps achieve a best-in-class* max 13,200-lb. payload rating in F-150s powered by the legendary Ford 5.0L V8. The 5.0L features new direct-injection system designed to extract as much power as possible from every drop of fuel, and generates power ratings of 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Class-Exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist

Backing up a trailer involves navigating two vehicles at the same time – the truck going one way and the trailer going in the opposite direction. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro at this often-tricky manoeuvre, the available class-exclusive* Pro Trailer Backup Assist™9  makes it as easy as turning a knob. Simply rotate the knob left or right in the direction you want the trailer to go. F-150 is the first pickup truck to offer this breakthrough feature.

Smart Towing Features

F-150 offers standard trailer sway control, part of AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC)®. Plus available features including Pro Trailer Backup Assist ™ , which synchronizes truck and trailer while backing up; Dynamic hitch assist   with a line-of-sight guide that directs the hitch ball to the trailer receiver; Smart Trailer Tow Connector alerts to trailer connectivity issues plus lighting and battery problems; 8-inch productivity screen displays trailer information; Factory-installed trailer brake controller (TBC) synchronizes truck and trailer brakes; BLIS ® (Blind Spot Information System) with trailer coverage  alerts when a vehicle is in your blind spot or alongside the trailer.

Available Class-Defining Pickup Box

F-150 offers not only best-in-class payload*, but also a pickup bed that can be equipped to make work easier and to maximize productivity. Available features include flexible, configurable BoxLink™ system; LED box lights; Stowable loading ramps; Class-exclusive* integrated tailgate step with lift assist; Class-exclusive* remote tailgate release (lock or unlock and lower the tailgate); Class-exclusive* deployable box side steps available on all cab configurations.

Raptor Extreme All-Terrain Handling

The high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® in today’s Raptor has 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. But more than just raw power was needed to complete the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 with stock components and just basic required racing modifications such as a roll cage. The Raptor comes factory-equipped with a TORQUE-ON-DEMAND® * transfer case, BFGoodrich® all-terrain KO2 tires, FOX Racing Shox™ ** with 13 inches front/14 inches rear travel, available 4.10 front axle with TORSEN® differential, and a giant front skid plate. Plus the Terrain Management System™ with six selectable modes (Normal, Baja, Rock Crawl, Sport, Mud-Sand, Wet-Snow) and driver-activated Hill Descent Control™

In-Cab Storage and Fully Flat Load Floor

With a first class interior, comes first class storage, and the F-150 provides plenty of places to store the assortment of things you want to carry inside the cab.

Standard door-trim panel bins are augmented with an under-seat rear storage area, and there’s even space for a laptop and hanging folders inside the available flow-through centre console. F-150 SuperCab and SuperCrew® feature a class-exclusive* fully flat rear load floor for easier access, and more useable storage - with the rear seats up or down.

Available LED Lighting

LED lighting is virtually everywhere you need it. Available features include Class-exclusive* quad-beam LED headlights and taillights – provide bright, efficient and long-lasting illumination; Class-exclusive* LED side-mirror spotlights – illuminate any task at hand from just about any angle after the sun has set; LED box lighting – helps you work at night and lets you see under a tonneau cover; LED trailer hitch light on tailgate handle – included with the trailer tow packages and helps with hitching up a trailer at night.

Working harder to help you work smarter.

Tough jobs require trucks that can take all the dirt and heat thrown at them — and then some. But while your truck must be built to work hard, you can work smart. That’s why Ford engineers have gone to great lengths to make the current generation of the F-150 so easy to operate, whether you’re inside the cab or working out of the pickup bed. F-Series offers a broad range of available features from the integrated tailgate step and deployable box steps to the 360-degree camera, SYNC® 390 , and SYNC® Connect. So you can work smarter, more productively.

Available SYNC Connect Powered by FordPass (Wi-Fi Hotspot)

FordPass, A Smarter Way to Move™. Beyond key FordPass112 features like contacting your Dealer and Roadside Assistance115, plus finding parking and comparing fuel prices along your route114, connect to your available SYNC Connect124 modem to:

  • Remotely start your vehicle and schedule recurring start times
  • Lock and unlock your vehicle remotely
  • Check your approximate odometer reading, fuel level and distance to empty
  • Locate your parked vehicle
  • Enjoy a Wi-Fi hotspot with the ability to connect up to 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet outside the vehicle.125

Need help with your journey? Contact a friendly FordGuide right from the app.

SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto

In addition to the voice-activated benefits of SYNC® 6 , SYNC® 3 adds convenience to your driving experience with its 8-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen and easy-to-use interface. Discover the system’s quick reactions to your conversational commands and experience the smartphone-like touchscreen with impressive responsiveness. You’ll also find a sleek user-friendly interface to help you connect to and control your compatible smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Locate your favourite places with simple destination entry via optional navigation. SYNC AppLink™ lets you use your voice to control some of your favourite compatible mobile apps while driving.

Class-Exclusive Available Remote Tailgate Release

The class-exclusive* available remote tailgate release lets you lock or unlock the tailgate with the key fob or inside door switch. Release the tailgate with the key fob, too. It’s among the features that redefine the workspace of the F-150 pickup bed, such as the class exclusive* integrated tailgate step with lift assist and deployable box side steps.

Available 360-Degree Camera with Split-View Display

The available 360-degree camera with split-view display uses four cameras – one in the grille, tailgate, and under each of the sideview mirrors. The system enables you to see all sides of the truck by stitching the images together and displaying them on a centre stack screen. It’s useful when manoeuvring in tight spaces and on trails. Also helpful is the included hitch assist feature that provides a dynamic sight line to help direct your hitch ball to the trailer receiver.

Available BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Coverage

Available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) signals you in the outside mirror when a vehicle is detected in a blind spot — and provides coverage for the truck you’re driving as well as the trailer you’re towing*. The cross-traffic alert feature can detect a vehicle passing behind when you’re slowly backing out of a driveway or parking place.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go

Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology allows you to set a cruising speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. When activated, the stop-and-go feature automatically accelerates and brakes your truck while maintaining your pre-set distance. The stop-and-go technology can bring your vehicle to a complete stop in stopped traffic and resume as traffic begins to move*.

Available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection

Available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection106  adds to a suite of driver-assist technologies that can make your drive safer for both you and the world around you. If the system’s sensors detect a potential collision with a car or pedestrian in front of you, a warning flashes on the windshield and an audible alert sounds. The brakes will also precharge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you brake. If the driver does not take corrective action and a collision is imminent, brakes can automatically apply.

Lane-Keeping System

The driver-activated Lane-Keeping System can alert you to unintentional lane drifting*. Choose the lane-keeping alert mode that vibrates the steering wheel when you drift too close to a lane marker — or the lane-keeping aid mode that activates a directional steering torque to help guide you back to the centre of the lane. Or combine the effects of both modes: continue drifting after the steering torque is activated and the steering wheel adds the vibrating sensation.