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As expected, 2018 Ford F-150 gets V-6 diesel engine option

09 January, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Melinda Barton

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.

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Another reason why the 3.0-liter V6 ticks all the right boxes is the transmission it's paired with, the 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors. Peak torque arrives at just 1,750 rpm, with the V6 sharing the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7 litre EcoBoost engine.

Powering the diesel model is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that will be offering about 250hp and 440lb ft of torque.

"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", said David Ives, Ford's diesel engine technical specialist.


The engine should appeal to frequent towers and long-haul drivers with improved capacity and range.

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. That beats its closest rival, the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel, by over a ton and puts it in the upper echelon of all light duty pickups.

The engine has been severely tested under the most demanding conditions to ensure it performs as required.

Ford estimates that only 5 percent of F-150 buyers will pay for the optional diesel engine. Both extended and double-cab bodies will be offered. 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. Although the 3.0-liter found under the hoods of some Land Rover SUVs is similar to the F-150 unit, engineers from Ford said their diesel engine for the F-150 will have key differences including an uprated turbocharger and higher-pressure fuel delivery.

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