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Ford F150 goes diesel, Bronco confirmed for 2020 revival


Announced on the eve of the North American International Auto Show for the 2018 model year, Ford unveiled the refreshed version of its top-selling F150 on Monday, with the biggest announcement being the availability of a turbodiesel engine for the first time.

Although offered in the F-series Super Duty in the form of a 6.7-litre Powerstroke V8 with 328 kW and a mammoth 1 254 N.m of torque, the F150 receives a smaller 3.0-litre Powerstroke V6 mated to Ford's recently introduced 10-speed automatic gearbox. 

Co-developed with General Motors, the new box also replaces the previous six-speeder across the entire model range, with the base 3.5 V6 making way for a brand new 3.3-litre mill rumoured to develop 210 kW and 340 N.m. Tweaked versions of the existing 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 and normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 complete the engine revisions, although like the diesel, no power or torque figures were released.

Aside from the re-jiggled engine line-up, the F150 receives a revised front facia with a new grille, headlights, bumpers, choice of six new alloy wheel designs and upgraded interior trim. Pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection complete the range of new safety additions.

As with previous generations, the F150 will remain a left-hand drive only model so don't expect it to arrive on local shores anytime soon.

Revived Bronco and US-spec Ranger detailed

Aside from the F150, the Blue Oval also confirmed previous speculations that the iconic Bronco would return after a 20 plus year hiatus, but only in 2020 based on the same platform as the Ranger T6 and Everest.

Although little else is known at stage, including the range of engines, the use of the Ranger's architecture could result in the Bronco being made available in right-hand drive with Ford promising it to be a "no-compromise 4x4 for thrill seekers".

At the same event, CEO Bill Ford also confirmed that an Americanised version of the Ranger will become available in 2019, eight-years after production ended. Like the Bronco, production will take place at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.


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