The news came yesterday as Ford released more information on its upcoming pickup, including performance numbers on its all-new 3.3-liter V6, which the automaker reports say has more horsepower, torque and improved gas mileage over its previous 3.5-liter V6.
The new naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6 base engine in the F-150 makes 290 hp at 6,500 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 2,750 rpm - that's 8 hp and 12 lb-ft more than the 2017 model's base 3.7-liter V-6 engine. "Like the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost that debuted last model year, the 2.7-liter will be paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018", Ford states.The 5.0-liter V8 also gets a boost for 2018.
At a special event in Dearborn today, Ford officially announced a new "FX4" Off-Road Package for the all-new, 2018 Ford Expedition - the first dedicated off-road package for the Expedition in more than a decade. Like the F-150, the Expedition's EcoBoost V-6 is backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although horsepower is the same, the torque figure is up 25 lb-ft compared to before. As a result of the changes, maximum towing capacity increases from 9,200 to 9,300 pounds. Power for the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 will be announced later.
The Ford Expedition can finally go on one.
Ford's 10-speed automatic will be standard across the range, sans in the 3.3-liter base trucks.
The 2018 Ford F150 will share two engines with the current models, but for the new model year, those engines will be beefed up to offer more power, more capabilities and probably better fuel economy.
The bigger 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost is not the most powerful; it makes 375 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque, just like it did for 2017.
Pricing for the 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 isn't known at the moment, but we'll surely know what it costs prior to the all-new SUV's launch this fall.
A new FX4 Off-Road package is available for the XLT trim. Manufacturer's representatives say that the auto with this set prepared for driving off-road better than any other Expedition in the history of the model.
In addition, the Expedition FX4 features Ford's Terrain Management System found in the regular versions of the SUV. The FX4 package includes off-road tuned shocks, an electronic limited slip rear diff, skid plates, side steps, and FX4 badging. The system also features normal, sport, eco, and towing modes. Expedition FX4 drivers also can manually select either 2WD or 4WD modes in a given drive mode, depending on their preferences and terrain.