Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA

Posted January 09, 2018

Horsepower is rated at 250, but like other diesels its strong suit is torque-440 pound-feet, peaking at just 1700 rpm-and thrift: Ford anticipates an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg.

It's the first time the F-150 has ever had a diesel engine. 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.

A diesel version of the Ford's best-selling F-150 truck is to go on sale in the USA this spring, the firm announced today.

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

We were not sure if the Ford F-150 truck was going to be offered with a diesel engine or not but Ford finally gave us the answer we have all been waiting for by releasing the specs of their 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel model.

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"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.

Diesel also is an option on rival Ram and Nissan full-size trucks, which means Ford is playing some catch up in that size class, though its F-150 is the nation's best-selling vehicle.

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

Customers will be able to place orders for the diesel F-150's later this month, with deliveries starting in spring.

According to Ford, 70 percent of F-150 owners tow with their pickups.

Ford said F-150 will have an advanced power-train lineup with a best in class torque. GM (Chevrolet and GMC) offers a diesel (the 6.6-liter Duramax V8) in its HD trucks, while the Toyota Tundra range is limited to gasoline engines, and does not include a heavy-duty model.

Ford boasts the Power Stroke V6 will deliver both efficiency and versatility, with an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon, as well as an 11,400-pound towing capacity and a 2,020-lb. payload capacity.