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

Randall Padilla
January 9, 2018

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. 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.

"Competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude", explains Ford Diesel Engine Technical Specialist David Ives, "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".

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.

"The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you'll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump". Ford said the 250-horsepower 3.0-liter diesel engine would be rated to tow up to 11,400 pounds and its range may reach up to 780 miles on a single tank of diesel fuel. Ford is hoping to gain some customers from rivals Ram and Nissan, which both offer diesels in their full-size trucks.

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Photo of 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 courtesy of Ford.

The new diesel engine is one of two additional powertrains coming to the F-150 to augment its mainstay EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engines.

The XL model will be available at starting price of $27,610, XLT at $33,205, Lariat at $40,920, and Raptor starting at $50,020.

The Detroit-headquartered firm expects the diesel trucks to achieve 30 miles per gallon.

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

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

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