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

by Ben Pena January 9, 2018, 1:49
Ford F-150 Diesel Claims 250 HP, 30 MPG Ratings

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.

Ford dealerships will stock the diesel trucks beginning in spring 2018.

Ford already boasts some of the best fuel economy numbers in the half-ton pickup segment, a critical payoff from its decision to switch from steel to an "aluminum intensive" body. For retail customers, it will be available on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum models, with either a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, with both the SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations. It's the first time the F-150 has ever had a diesel engine.

Ford has built millions of F-Series trucks over the years, but never one like this.

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

Customers can start placing orders for the truck this month.

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Ford Motor Co. said dealers will begin taking orders for 2018 F-150 trucks with diesel engines starting in mid-January for delivery in the spring. But its Dagenham Engine Plant in Essex, England, where the engine is built, will be prepared to meet increased demand.

The engine is an updated version of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, nicknamed "Lion", first introduced on Land Rover models. To help deliver a best-in-class 11,400-pound max towing capacity and 2,020-pound max payload capacity, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 utilizes dual radiator shutters and a mechanical engine-driven fan that provides better performance at higher temperatures and altitudes. "This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions".

Engine components such as the crankshafts and rod bearings were upgraded for additional strength and durability. It closes down the two radiator shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency and reduce parasitic engine loss. "You get out on the road and swear you're driving a gas engine".

The F-150, Ford's full-size truck made in Kansas City and elsewhere, is getting a diesel engine.

Considering that Ford sold almost 900,000 F-150s in 2017, about 300,000 more than the Chevrolet Silverado, its nearest competitor, that would be no small feat.

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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