The company has formally rolled out the specifications of its 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6, which include a 30 mpg fuel economy rating.
The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke delivers peak torque at 1,750 rpm, with output hitting a best-in-class 440 lb-ft of torque and a best-in-class 250 horsepower.
"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". But with the addition of the new Power Stroke diesel, Ford is hoping to deliver the sort of numbers that, not all that, long ago, would have been impressive coming from a compact sedan.
- The diesel will put out 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
- Ford says the team that designed the 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 diesel for its heavy-duty trucks designed the engine for the F-150.
For its part, Ford had been focusing on turbocharged alternatives, such as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that matched the towing capacity of its classic, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8.
When Ford's diesel half-tonner arrives next spring, only General Motors and Toyota will be without a diesel option in their 1500 series trucks.
The SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission was adapted specifically for use with this new engine.
Features such as a variable-geometry turbocharger and compacted-graphite iron block material construction are utilized in order to provide improved fuel efficiency, as well as strong and continuous torque delivery throughout the entire rev range. Promise kept: Ford has announced it will begin taking orders on the new edition beginning in mid-January, and that the first models should appear at dealers by spring.
Cargo capacity, meanwhile, will be 2,020 lbs, while the truck will be able to tow up to 11,400 lbs, unprecedented for a truck in this category.
Ford has yet to issue final pricing on the F-150 Power Stroke package but it expects the diesel will make up about 5% of total pickup demand once it comes to market. Fleet buyers can get it in XL and XLT work-focused trims, while retail customers can choose from a selection of Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum SuperCrew models with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. Ford has also made modest changes to the fascia, grille and interior of the F-150 family. Pre-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-go capability, and WiFi hotspots are other new available features added this model year.