Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered

Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered

WIth a new diesel under the hood, the 2018 F-150 diesel offers a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds, a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 30 miles per hour highway.

The new Ford F-150 diesel engine will be sourced from the automaker's Dagenham, U.K., plant that already produces a similar engine for Land Rover that's already on sale.

A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Power Stroke F-150 models, and was developed exclusively for the truck. The engine shares the same graphite iron block material and forged steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost.

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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.

Ford has announced the specs for the first ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel, which not only has 440 lb-ft. of torque, but Ford is targeting a 30 mpg highway rating for the full size pickup.

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

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Ford is hoping to gain a marketing edge in the popular pick-up market, as rivals also explore more efficient engines. With 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, the 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 powering Nissan's Titan XD is a different concept, straddling the border between half-ton and heavy-duty pickups.

"We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions", said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

Ford's announcement said its testing focused on heavy tows in extreme conditions. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona. It will be offered only with the top three F-150 trims-Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum SuperCrew and SuperCab (extended cab) models.

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Photo of 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 courtesy of Ford. Dealers will soon start taking orders for delivery in the spring.

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