Ford F-150 and Expedition getting powertrain upgrades

Henrietta Brewer
June 16, 2017

Ford has revealed the horsepower and torque figures for the new 2018 F-150 and Expedition, both of which were revealed earlier this year. A diesel V-6 will mark a fifth option when it reaches dealerships the following spring.

Several engines are benefiting from port injection, in addition to the already existing direct injection, while the new 10-speed automatic transmission is being added to a few powertrains.

The 5.0-liter V-8 Coyote, now with dual-port and direct-injection technology, and a spray-on cylinder bore liner just like the Mustang GT350, makes 395 hp (up 10) and 400 pounds-feet of torque (up 13).

The standard twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 now produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, up from 365 and 420.

There's one engine for which Ford did not release specs, likely because it's not yet anywhere near production time for it: the all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 Power Stroke.

The Raptor's 3.5-liter V-6 high-output EcoBoost makes 450 hp and a whopping 510 pounds-feet of torque, also unchanged from 2017. Although the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with the 10-speed automatic transmission won't change, just about everything else does.

Ford's ever-popular F-150 pickup lineup also receives some engine tweaks for 2018, which the automaker detailed Thursday. Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist system will also make connecting a trailer much easier.

Ford announced Thursday that when the Expedition finally arrives this fall, it will be available with an off-road-focused FX4 package for the XLT trim level that adds skid plates, off-road shocks, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and beefier tires wrapped around 18-inch alloy wheels. The new engine now gets both port and direct injection, working under low engine speeds and loads and high engine speeds and loads, respectively. Next up is a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, rated at 325 hp and 400 lb-ft (a 25 lb-ft improvement over last year).

Maximum towing capacity rises from 9,200 to 9,300 pounds. A sand shield protects the turbocharger intercoolers from being clogged by sand; steel plates keep the engine, stering gear, transmission, and transfer case from being damaged; and the fuel tank has its own full-length guard.

Also contributing to the Expedition FX4's prowess is its mode switch, which allows owners to cycle through seven different drive modes.

The 2018 Ford Expedition XLT model also gets a new FX4 Off-Road Package. The chin spoiler has also been shortened to improve approach angles for steep obstacles.

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