2018 Ford F-250 Will Be More Expensive to Buy, New Trim Level Expected

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Super Duty pickup trucks, which stands for F-250 and F-350 model line, has gained additional popularity these days. That’s mainly because of the recent deep update, makes it more appeal, better equipped, and switch Super Duty from mid-range to upper class – higher trims could compete with more luxurious pickup trucks, like GMC Sierra, for instance.

What could change in 2018 model year then? Could we expect any new features for big pickup trucks?

2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Price Goes Higher

I bet you cannot expect a few years ago that big utilitarian pickup truck from Ford could cost over $80,000. However, it has become a reality. Recently, car producer has introduced the updated Limited trim level for 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty, starting from $80,835. For that price you will get all-wheel drive, powerful 6.7L turbodiesel, a wide range of hi-end electronic features like lane departure warning and forward collision prevention, along with a luxurious features like ventilated front seats, heating for all seats, leather upholstery for almost everything, wooden trim… and a whole bunch of other features, which could pump the price tag up to $94,455 for F-450 model.

The basic car costs $32,535, but it is a single cab (Regular cab) utility pickup without any comfort features. The cheapest 4-door Crew Cab starting from $36,130.

No Refreshment for Exterior and Interior

The facelift of a big pickup truck from Ford happen in late 2016, while smaller F-150 received a major facelift just recently, and is unavailable for purchase yet. Unlike the more compact model, F-250 Super Duty is likely to keep the same ‘face’ for 2018 model year. It doesn’t feel outdated and moreover, looks more brutal, just like heavy duty pickup truck should.

2018 Ford F-250 interior

On the other hand, the interior needs an update – it is too cheap-looking in the initial and medium trim levels, and feels a bit outdated in terms of design.

2018 Ford Super Duty Specifications

The main changes for F-250 Super Duty model happen in the last year, the truck has received new frame with increased rigidity, drivetrain improvements, and wide aluminum usage in many parts of a vehicle.

The same time powertrains were updated. We don’t expect any change in the engine department, so 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty is likely to feature the same engine options:

The basic engine is 6.2L V8 producing 385 HP and 430 ft-lb of torque, mated with 6-speed automatic.

Optional is 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel engine with the same number of cylinders, plus turbocharging, output is 440 HP and 925 ft-lb. The real haul monster comes with the same 6-speed transmission.

Both options could be RWD or AWD.

The only thing could be improved here in a next year or two – the introduction of more fuel-efficient 8 or 9-speed gearboxes. One of the possible reason why it hasn’t happen yet – the ability of gearbox torque converter proccess such a large amount of torque (speaking of turbodiesel).

Trim Levels and Configurations

Just like in other Ford pickup trucks, 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty comes in a huge variety of configurations. You could pick 3 cab options with 2 box options each, double or single rear wheels, and even a few options for wheelbase length.

As for trim levels, the Super Duty available in 5 trim levels (plus the unique Limited):

  • XL – the most simple truck with black plastic bumpers, non-colored door handles and steel rims. It has vinyl-trimmed seats, air conditioner, simple 6-speaker audio with AUX, a few 12V outlets… and that’s all.
  • XLT is a better equipped and better looked pickup, with a chrome grille, door handles and bumpers, power mirrors with heating, Ford SYNC multimedia with satellite radio, cruise control, LCD screen in dashboard, cloth seats, remote keyless entry system.
  • Lariat comes with more luxurious trimming, fog lights, body colored door handles, 10-way power leather seats with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, advanced SYNC 3 multimedia with premium Sony audio system with 10-speakers and subwoofer. It also has power-adjustable pedals, rear-view camera, parking sensors for the rear.
  • King Ranch is mainly a package rather than trim level: it has unique leather-trimmed seats, lane departure system, remote tailgate opening, ventilated front seats with memory, navigation system, remote start and self-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Platinum has adaptive steering, 20-inch polished aluminum rims, rear heated seats, power adjustable pedals with memory, easy entry seats with unique premium leather upholstery.

The features in top-trimmed Limited version is not unveiled yet.

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