Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Ford launches 'commercial grade' diesel option for F-150

2018 Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA Ford offering a diesel engine in its 2018 F-150 pickup
Kelvin Reese | 09 January, 2018, 02:08

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.

The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Helping the diesel achieve as much efficiency as possible will be Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission (developed in partnership with General Motors), the F-150 aluminum body, and auto start/stop. The same compacted-graphite iron block material and forged steel crank as used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost has been carried over to the V6 diesel, too.

Ford will be offering the V6 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel on the 4×2 and 4×4 F-150.

The engine should appeal to frequent towers and long-haul drivers with improved capacity and range. In contrast, the new Ford engine will hold a modest edge over its Ram 1500 V6 diesel rival, rated for 240 hp, 420 lb-ft, and a highway rating of 29 mpg.

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Want a light duty, full-size pickup with a diesel?

The engine has been severely tested under the most demanding conditions to ensure it performs as required. That makes sure the F-150 makes the most of its low-rpm torque, for instance.

Retail customers will be able to order the Power Stroke F-150 diesel on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels on SuperCrew cabs with 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds or on Lariat SuperCabs with a 6.5- or 8.0-foot bed, including 4x4 and 4x2 versions.

In more moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system backs off the fan load through a viscous coupler, closing down the two radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss. Diesel-powered XL and XLT versions will be available only to fleet buyers. 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. The OEM called the 2018 F-150 with this latest engine "the most efficient F-150 towing machine ever".

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