The world's best-selling pick-up truck gets more technology and a new turbocharged V6 diesel engine

The 2017 Ford F-150 pick-up truck has been revealed at the Detroit motor show with new driver assist technology and the option of a diesel engine for the first time.

The F-150 is the world's best selling pick-up and Ford's most heavily demanded model, slotting into the pick-up and SUV segment which makes up more than a third of Ford's US sales. The model's impact on the brand's global success is therefore huge.

For 2017 the car's engine list has been changed. New to the line-up is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The engine is the first diesel ever offered with the F-150 and it’s expected to be the most efficient offering, although its specifications are yet to be confirmed.

A 5.0-litre V8 engine - which has links to the one in the Mustang - is the most potent unit on offer. Ford claims more power and improved efficiency but hasn’t confirmed the gains as of yet. The unit produced 380bhp and 387lb ft of torque in the old F-150. Updated versions of the previous F-150’s units are now joined by a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. At the entry level is a 3.3-litre V6 with 282bhp and 253lb ft of torque, and above this is a 2.7-litre V6 with dual port and direct injection technology, and reduced internal friction. This is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The toughened up US best-seller also gets a more prominent grille and bumpers, while its headlights receive freshly designed internals and there are a choice of six new wheel designs that come in 17 to 22in diameters. Inside there are new trim colours and optional carbonfibre-finish parts.

New technology includes Sync3 infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, a 360-degree camera to aid with parking and manoeuvres when towing a trailer, lane-keep assist and radar-based blind spot assist.

New technology includes Sync3 infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, a 360-degree camera to aid with parking and manoeuvres when towing a trailer, lane-keep assist and radar-based blind spot assist.

There’s also adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist technology with pedestrian detection, plus a 4G LTE modem for a wi-fi hot spot that can connect to up to 10 devices is added to the options list.

The F-150 goes on sale in the US this autumn. Pricing is expected to increase slightly on the old car, which started at $26,540 (about £21,604).

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9 January 2017
It seems amazing that it has not been sold before now with a diesel engine? Despite the current health concerns, one would have thought the fuel economy savings of a diesel engine in this type of vehicle would have meant there was a market even in the Gasoline driven USA?

9 January 2017
I read somewhere else that it would be a derivative of the 3L diesel made in Dagenham (and used mainly by JLR at the moment)

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