Ford F-150 Diesel Is Actually Good On Gas

Ford F-150 Diesel Is Actually Good On Gas

Ford F-150 Diesel Is Actually Good On Gas

Dave Filipe, Ford's Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, calls the 2018 Ford F-150's new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel the sort of engine "that dreams are made of".

Customers will be able to place orders for the diesel F-150's later this month, with deliveries starting in spring. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona.

In 2014, Ford approved development of a hybrid F-150, which analysts assume will come to market regardless of any Trump Administration efforts to roll back current fuel-economy targets.

Powering the diesel model is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that will be offering about 250hp and 440lb ft of torque. Payload capacity, meanwhile, is 2,020 pounds.

The diesel will be mated with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission, calibrated and geared for the new engine's massive low-end torque.

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Ford said it was confident its diesel engines would comply with emissions standards.

The new driveline will be available in various trims and body configurations for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive trucks. Dual fuel filters improve break-in while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump reduce parasitic loss and improve fuel efficiency. It costs $4,000 more than a similarly equipped 2.7-liter V-6 Lariat, or $2,400 over a similar 3.5-liter V-6 version. The turbochargers are variable-geometry units, meant to keep turbo lag to a minimum, and cooling is aided by a good old mechanical, engine-driven fan for high-temp, high-altitude performance.

That's the EPA highway figure Ford has targeted, which would match the midsize Chevy Colorado diesel's rating, but in a much larger and more powerful package.

Adding the diesel option gives F-150 buyers six choices of engine, and the company expects about 5 percent of F-150 buyers will choose diesel.

At times when the truck isn't being pushed quite so hard, the mechanical fan's viscous coupler allows for more slip, reducing the load on the engine, while a pair of radiator shutters closes to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Ford says the trucks will begin arriving in dealerships later this spring.

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