Ford Debuts Details on Diesel F-150 Pickup

Ivan Schwartz
January 9, 2018

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 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.

The 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is standard, and has been tweaked with the diesel in mind. It's the sixth engine choice for F-150 customers.

Monday morning, Ford revealed details of the new diesel-powered 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke, which it claims will achieve an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 30 mpg highway when it goes on sale this spring.

Part of that comes from the F-150's aluminum-alloy body introduced in 2015, which lightened the truck by 700 lbs. and allowed engineers to reinvest that weight in technologies to bolster towing and payload capability. It will also come with auto stop-start as a standard feature.

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Digging deeper, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is not a clean-sheet design: It shares its basic engine block with previous diesel-powered Land Rovers and Range Rovers. For retail buyers, the engine is available with the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. A first for Ford in the half-ton truck category, the addition of a compression ignition engine is expected to add incremental sales to a truck that has been the country's bestselling pickup for 41 straight years, and bestselling vehicle of any kind for 36.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. It gave the diesel "a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters" to improve its performance in high temperatures and high altitudes. David Felipe, vice president of global powertrains for Ford, said he expects 80 percent of diesel F-150 owners to tow with the truck.

When operating under normal conditions, the engine system backs off the fan load through a viscous coupler.

Ford will begin taking orders, including from commercial buyers, later this month, and begin delivering it in the spring.

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