Ford F-150 Diesel Revealed: 440 LB-FT Punch, 30 MPG Efficiency

2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Revealed: 440 LB-FT Punch, 30 MPG Efficiency

The 3.0L Power Stroke diesel V6's peak torque arrives at just 1,750 rpm and it's mated to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission.

For now Ford has only one competitor when it comes to the half-ton diesel game, and that's the Ram EcoDiesel.

Ford expects around 5 per cent of F-150 buyers will opt for the diesel, which costs $4,000 on the Lariat and Platinum versions or $3,000 on the King Ranch.

The objective of diesel grunt is a serious work ethic, and Ford anticipates best-in-class ratings for the new F-150 option: 2,020-pound payload and 11,400 pounds towing.

For decades, the Power Stroke nomenclature has been synonymous with the Super Duty lineup of heavy-duty pickup trucks Ford produces.

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. It will also make a solid 440 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower, the sort of numbers that translate into solid towing and payload capacity.

Spring 2018 marks the first time a diesel engine will be found under the hood of Ford's F-150 full-size truck, with the inclusion of a newly-developed 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V6 diesel engine. It's the sixth engine choice for F-150 customers.

- Customers can order a diesel F-150 starting this month.

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. That shaved as much as 700 pounds off the weight of prior-generation F-150 models.

But the industry has seen major strides in aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency lately, and now-this spring-Ford is planning to release a 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft F-150 diesel that the company estimates will score 30 MPG on the highway. There's also fuel-saving Stop-Start, a feature that will now become standard on all F-150 models. The team took the original Lion design and updated it with modern technology and optimized gearing.

U.S. automaker giant Ford has announced that it will be launching a diesel version of its F-150 pickup truck, one of its most successful models.

The Ford F-Series was the top-selling vehicle in the U.S.in 2017, topping sales of 896,000 units.

Sales of 585,000 Silverado 1500-3500 pickups placed Chevrolet in second, and the Ram 1500-3500 finished third with sales of 500,000 units.

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