Ford F-150 Diesel Claims 250 HP, 30 MPG Ratings

Enlarge Image440 pound-feet of torque isn't exactly on the low end.                  Ford

Enlarge Image440 pound-feet of torque isn't exactly on the low end. Ford

When it launched the updated 2018 Ford F-150 previous year, the American automotive giant promised that a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine version would be introduced further down the road.

The 2018 Ford F-150's new Power Stroke produces peak torque from just 1,750 rpm, and the familiar 10-speed automatic transmission found throughout most of the lineup is standard here, calibrated specially for the new diesel's bottom-heavy torque curve. Dealerships are expected to open the order books on the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke later this month; it will be available for 4×2 and 4×4 models. But with the addition of the new Power Stroke diesel, Ford is hoping to deliver the sort of numbers that, not all that, long ago, would have been impressive coming from a compact sedan. Best of all for those who use their trucks to do characteristically "trucky" things, it delivers up to 440 lb-ft of torque, according to Ford, for a best-in-class tow rating of 11,400 pounds, along with 2,020 pounds of payload capacity. The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel is powered by a 250-hp 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine that gives the truck a tow rating of 11,400 pounds and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity.

For its part, Ford had been focusing on turbocharged alternatives, such as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that matched the towing capacity of its classic, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8.

Ford tested the F-150 Power Stroke at Arizona's Davis Dam, where it maintained consistent power output while climbing 13 miles at a 6% grade in temperatures greater than 100 degrees. "When we go to the diesel", he added, "we know it will be closer to 85 percent".

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For now Ford has only one competitor when it comes to the half-ton diesel game, and that's the Ram EcoDiesel. That shaved as much as 700 pounds off the weight of prior-generation F-150 models.

The 10-speed automatic's torque converter has been upgraded to handle the engine's extra twist. It will be offered only with the top three F-150 trims-Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum SuperCrew and SuperCab (extended cab) models. In order to help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, auto Start-Stop technology is standard. 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.

Fleet customers can choose the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine on all F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed. Ford has also made modest changes to the fascia, grille and interior of the F-150 family.

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