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New for 2018: Ford Trucks, SUVs, and Vans

New for 2018: Ford Trucks, SUVs, and Vans

By Christian Wardlaw, October 19, 2017

Ford updates the F-150 pickup truck—the best-selling vehicle in America—with new drivetrains, equipment, and styling details. Also for 2018, a new subcompact crossover SUV called the EcoSport arrives, the midsize Explorer SUV is freshened, and the full-size Expedition SUV is completely redesigned. Other SUV, truck, and van models see relatively minor changes for 2018.

2018 Ford Expedition FX4 front quarter right photoDetailed changes for each 2018 Ford SUV, truck, and van model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.



2018 Ford EcoSport

  • New subcompact, 5-passenger crossover SUV
  • Pronounced “Echo-Sport” not “Eeeko-Sport”
  • S, SE, SES, and Titanium trim levels
  • Standard turbocharged, 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine with 123 horsepower
  • Available 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 166 horsepower (required with all-wheel drive)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional Sync 3 infotainment system with 8-in. touch screen, voice recognition, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone projection, and Sync Connect with FordPass app
  • Optional Harman B&O Play premium sound system, navigation system


2018 Ford Edge

  • New SEL Sport Appearance package adds a popular blacked-out exterior appearance, 19-in. Magnetic Gray wheels, gray fabric seats with Umber-color simulated suede inserts, Copper Dune interior accents
  • New Safe and Smart package for SEL, Titanium, and Sport trims; bundles popular driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems together
  • New paint color: Blue Metallic


2018 Ford Escape

  • SE trim includes heated cloth front seats, roof rails, and a perimeter alarm
  • New SEL trim level slots between SE and Titanium, installing leather seats, Sync 3 infotainment system with 8-in. display, Sync Connect, heated side mirrors, power tailgate, rear park-assist sensors, and LED running lights
  • Titanium includes a standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, HID headlights, navigation system, and an active semi-autonomous park-assist system
  • New paint colors: Cinnamon Glaze and Blue Metallic


2018 Ford Expedition

  • Ford’s full-size SUV is completely redesigned for 2018
  • Aluminum body on a high-strength steel frame with standard- and extended-wheelbase versions available
  • Standard twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive with Terrain Management System
  • Tows up to 9,300 lbs.
  • Cargo space ranges from 20.9 cu. ft. behind third-row seat in standard Expedition to 121.4 cu. ft. with all seats folded in Expedition Max
  • XLT, Limited, and Platinum trim levels
  • Available FX4 Off-Road package with underbody skid plates, different shocks, heavy-duty radiator, and dark gray 18-in. wheels
  • Options include a panoramic glass roof, Sync 3 infotainment with Sync Connect, navigation, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with Sling Media integration, wireless smartphone charging, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection for up to 10 devices, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, semi-autonomous park assist, hands-free power tailgate, and a Pro Trailer Backup system
  • Available safety technologies include forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert


2018 Ford Explorer

  • Subtle styling changes; new wheel designs
  • Sync Connect with FordPass remote access smartphone app
  • Sync Connect also supplies access to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices
  • New Safe and Smart package bundles popular driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies together
  • New paint colors: Blue Metallic, Platinum Dune Tricoat, Burgundy Velvet Tinted Tricoat, and Cinnamon Glaze


2018 Ford F-150

  • Styling is updated, inside and out
  • New 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine debuts with a new 6-speed automatic transmission including Normal, Sport, and Tow-Haul modes
  • New 325-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter V-6 engine debuts with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, and Eco-Select driving modes
  • Upgraded 5.0-liter V-8 engine makes 395 horsepower, bolted to 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engines return, both with the 10-speed automatic
  • All engines are now equipped with automatic start/stop technology
  • Available technologies include Sync Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Harman B&O Play premium sound system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking
  • Lariat offered with leather bucket front seats and flow-through center console
  • King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels receive new leather interior colors: Kingsville, Dark Marsala, and Navy Pier, respectively
  • New paint colors: Stone Gray, Lead Foot Gray, Guard, Magma Red


2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty

  • Ford redesigned the Super Duty lineup for 2017 and has not yet announced changes for the 2018 model year


2018 Ford Flex

  • Ford makes no changes to the 2018 Flex aside from new Blue Metallic paint


2018 Ford Transit

  • Standard equipment for Cargo Van models includes locking glove box, rear cargo door-lock cylinder, rear cargo door exit handle and rear cargo LED light switch, exposed front lug nuts
  • Standard equipment for Passenger Van models includes locking glove box, rear cargo door-lock cylinder, exposed front lug nuts
  • Medium and High Roof versions get a standard reversing camera, D-pillar weld nuts
  • 60/40 split side doors with optional glass include screen mesh
  • Sliding door option for Cargo Van includes high-strength laminated glass
  • Options include Audio package with Bluetooth, Leather Seat package, dual rear-wheel forged aluminum wheels, heavy-duty cargo flooring, short-arm power-folding heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, scuff plates, D-pillar grab handles, extended-length running boards, and a push-down manual parking brake
  • New paint color: School Bus Yellow


2018 Ford Transit Connect

  • XL and XLT Cargo Vans with second-row fixed glass option now includes a steel mesh security guard
  • Automatic headlights optional for XLT Cargo Van; standard for XLT and Titanium Passenger Wagons
  • XLT Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon now offered with Sync 3 with a 6.5-in. display screen and reversing camera
  • New Premium package option and free wheel upgrade for XLT Passenger Wagon

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