The mighty Ford F-150 has scored a series of updates three years into its life cycle, headlined by the addition of a new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine.

The 2018 model-year version of America's top-selling vehicle for 35 years running also gets revised front and rear styling, trims, more active safety features (such as pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection), and revised V6 and V8 petrol powertrains.

The all-new 3.0-litre Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine was designed, engineered and tested in-house and is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s the first-ever diesel engine offered for F-150.

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Power and torque details have not been revealed yet.

Engine-wise, the updated F-150 also introduces an all-new 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine, with direct-injection. The 3.3 is expected to offer the same 210kW/340Nm as the previous model's 3.5-litre V6.

Meantime, the 2.7-litre EcoBoost turbo engine has also been tweaked, getting claimed improved levels of "output, efficiency, quality and durability". Both of these engines are paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

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The 5.0-litre V8 also sees improvements in 2018, as the naturally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for increased power and torque. Figures have not been revealed. It’s also paired with the 10-speed auto.

Ford F-150 models from XL to the flagship Limited receive new grilles, headlights and bumpers, plus six new wheel designs, ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches in diameter. The cabin gets new trims.

The F-150 retains its high-strength steel fully-boxed ladder frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminium alloy body, reducing corrosion in snowy states.

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The new 2018 F-150 goes on sale this American fall (about September). It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

Alas, Ford has announced no plans to put the mighty F-Series into right-hand drive. So you'll have to be content with a Ranger, which in 2016 was Australia's fourth top-selling vehicle, and the number-two ute behind the Toyota HiLux.

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