Ford F-150, Expedition gain power, lose weight

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has increased the power and cut the weight of two of its largest nameplates — the F-150 pickup and Expedition SUV — thanks, in part, to more efficient transmissions and lighter aluminum bodies.

The freshened F-150 will feature a new entry-level 3.3-liter V-6 with a six-speed transmission. It will get 290 hp at 6,500 rpm and 265 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, the automaker said.

Ford is also updating its 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines, and is pairing its 10-speed transmission with all three. Since its release late last year, the 10-speed has been available only with the 3.5-liter.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost will get 325 hp at 5,000 rpm, the same amount of horsepower as the outgoing model. It will get 400 pounds-feet of torque at 2,750 rpm, which is 25 more pounds-feet than the 2017 model.

The 5.0-liter V-8 will get 395 hp at 5,750 rpm (10 more than the 2017 model) and 400 pounds-feet of torque at 3,850 rpm (13 more than the 2017 model).

There are no changes to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 or the 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost, which is used in the Raptor.

The 2018 F-150 will also feature a 3.0-liter PowerStroke diesel engine option, although Ford did not provide power figures for it on Thursday. The diesel, a variant of the Lion diesel engine that Ford builds for use in Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles, will be produced in England and go on sale in the summer of 2018.

The nondiesel versions of the F-150 will go on sale this fall.

Improved Expedition power

The redesigned 2018 Expedition, which Ford unveiled this year, will continue to share the 3.5-liter V-6 with the F-150 and will now pair it with Ford’s 10-speed transmission. It also adds an aluminum body that shed 300 pounds.

The weight savings and more efficient transmission allowed the company to improve its power numbers across the board.

The Expedition’s XL, XLT and Limited trims get 375 hp at 5,000 rpm (10 more than the 2017 model) and 470 pounds-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm (50 more than the outgoing model).

The Platinum trim will get 400 hp (35 more than the outgoing model) and 480 pounds-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm (60 more than the outgoing model).

The Expedition will go on sale this fall and will be built at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant.

Off-road package

Ford on Thursday also said it will offer an off-road package on the XLT trim on the 2018 Expedition, called the FX4. Ford last offered an FX4 package for its largest SUV in 2003.

Brand manager Joe McCarty said roughly 20 percent of Expedition customers have asked for improved off-road capability.

“I think we’re meeting an unmet need with this package,” he said.

Craig Patterson, Ford’s utility marketing manager, expects the FX4 will represent 5 to 10 percent of total sales. Pricing was not announced.

The FX4 package comes with a patented electronic limited-slip rear differential, off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, skid plates, unique wheels, special badging and rubber floor liners.

The off-road package will get the same 375 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque as the normal XLT trim.

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