Ford Super Duty lineup has recently received a complete overhaul. Just like the half-ton F-150, Ford’s heavier trucks now ride on a new lightweight platform that gives them significantly reduced curb weight. One of the most notable upgrades of the heavy-duty line includes a revised version of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 engine. As a result, the 2018 Ford F-250 will differ greatly from the previous generation of this capable truck that was released way back in 1999. According to recent reports, the upcoming model is likely to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2017.
Design and Features
Thanks to the new architecture, the redesigned F-250 is 24 times stiffer than its predecessor. Its fully boxed frame consists of 95 percent high-strength steel that helps it shed around 350 pounds of weight. On top of that, the use of aluminum body panels contributes greatly to making the F-250 more efficient than ever. However, the new lightweight architecture doesn’t compromise the truck’s towing and hauling abilities. Ford’s engineers have reinforced some of its key parts such as all-wheel drive components, axles and towing equipment. The 2018 Ford F-250 will be offered in five trim levels, including XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. There will be regular, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles to choose from, as well as 6.75- or 8.0-foot bed lengths.
When it comes to the interior design, the 2018 Ford F-250 will be reminiscent mostly of the new F-150. Expect this truck to offer a wide array of upscale features that include even such amenities as massaging front seats or a panoramic sunroof. Moreover, the list of convenience features and driving aids will be extended in the upcoming model. There will be a host of towing-related technologies, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, multiple cameras that give the driver a 360-degree view around the truck, and many more.
2018 Ford F-250 Diesel
The gasoline version of the 2018 Ford F-250 will be powered by the tried and tested 6.2-liter V8 with an output rated at 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. As for the upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8, it will churn out 440 hp and impressive 925 lb-ft of twist. Both engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, with standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. When properly equipped, the F-250 will be able to tow up to 18,600 pounds.
The entry-level version of the 2018 Ford F-250 is expected to be priced around $34,000. The range-topping King Ranch Crew Cab model will cost around $55,500. With the latest set of upgrades and a pretty reasonable pricing strategy, the F-250 should have no trouble retaining its current position of the segment’s best-seller.