Ford F-150 Won't Leave Diesel Fans Stranded

Robyn Ryan
January 9, 2018

Towing capacity is 11,400 pounds, which - Ford is keen to highlight - is best-in-class.

The 2018 F-150 now benefits from an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, expanding the engine options for the F-150 to six.

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The diesel will be mated with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission, calibrated and geared for the new engine's massive low-end torque.

To make the engine strong but light, Dearborn built the new Power Stroke V6 around the same compacted-graphite iron block construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost.

When it goes on sale this spring, Ford will offer a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine in the F-150, the first time in the pickup's 70-year history for a diesel engine under the hood. It also bestows the pick-up with a claimed best-in-class towing capacity (5,170 kg) and payload capacity (916 kg). The diesel F-150 will join the General Motors Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon mid-size pickups and the full-size Nissan Titan XD in offering a diesel.

Ford's announcement said its testing focused on heavy tows in extreme conditions.

According to Ford, 70 percent of F-150 owners tow with their pickups. The diesel model will be offered on the XL model and the XLT model and will be offered with both extended and double-cab bodies. The diesel F-150 will sport a 26-gallon diesel fuel tank that, when combined with a 30-mpg anticipated highway range, could net up to 780 miles of driving range.

Ford dealers will begin taking orders for F-150s with the 3.0L diesel in about a week, with deliveries slated to begin this spring.

"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", David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist, said in the announcement.

Fleet customers can order the diesel F-150 in SuperCrew with a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed and the SuperCab with the 6.5-foot bed.

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