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Ford already had a monster pickup on its hands when it released the current-gen F-150 and its military grade aluminum alloy body three years ago. Barring some drastic design or engineering changes, how could the company possibly up the ante? Well, now we know the answer.

To the delight of pickup fanatics the world over, the American carmaker has just unveiled the 2018 F-150 at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show. With updated looks, more features, and an all-new engine to play with, the iconic Ford vehicle looks set to continue its run as one of the most successful trucks in the business.

The new F-150 gets a bolder, meaner look courtesy of a new front grille, headlamps, taillights, tailgate, and bumpers which give off a more intimidating vibe. The updated pickup also retains its lightweight aluminum alloy body, but now boasts more durable materials which prevent corrosion. Buyers can also choose from a variety of new wheel designs to go with the refreshed look.

The real news here though has to be the truck's all-new 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine—the first ever diesel offering for the F-150—and the expanded availability of Ford's revolutionary 10-speed automatic transmission. The pickup also receives an all-new 3.3-liter V6 (albeit with the same output as the previous model), and an all-new 2.7-liter Ecoboost engine. No performance figures on the diesel yet, but we wouldn't expect anything short of a beast.

Other things worth noting include the addition of adaptive cruise control, safety features like pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and a new embedded 4G LTE modem which can connect up to 10 devices. You know, in case your lame friends would rather stay glued to their phones than watch you tear s*** up in your awesome new truck.

Frankly, this thing makes just about every locally available pickup look scrawny. Still, we think Ford Philippines should bring this thing over. You know, just to be sure.



Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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