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Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered

09 January 2018

Ford's new turbodiesel is rated at 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque-narrowly edging the Ram's 240 hp and 420 lb-ft-with the ability to tow 11,400 pounds and haul 2,020 pounds.

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The Detroit-headquartered firm expects the diesel trucks to achieve 30 miles per gallon. Peak torque arrives at just 1,750 rpm, with the V6 sharing the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7 litre EcoBoost engine.

First announced nearly a year ago, the Blue Oval has now released full details on the sixth engine option to join the F-150 range: a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6, developed by the same team behind the Super Duty's 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8.

The engine should appeal to frequent towers and long-haul drivers with improved capacity and range.

Want a light duty, full-size pickup with a diesel? Ford is hoping to gain some customers from rivals Ram and Nissan, which both offer diesels in their full-size trucks.

"We're confident we'll get there", Ford vice-president of powertrain engineering David Filipe said in a media briefing ahead of the official launch announcement.

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Retail customers will be able to order the Power Stroke F-150 diesel on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels on SuperCrew cabs with 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds or on Lariat SuperCabs with a 6.5- or 8.0-foot bed, including 4x4 and 4x2 versions. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona.

Diesels typically command premium prices, and while Ford won't discuss MSRPs the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 seems likely to be consistent with that trait.

In more moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system backs off the fan load through a viscous coupler, closing down the two radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss.

Photo of 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 courtesy of Ford.

The F-150 diesels will offer a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive.

Orders for the new oil-burning V6 will start in mid-January, with deliveries commencing in the spring.

Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered