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Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered

Ford F-150 Diesel Option Offered

EcoBoost gas-powered turbo V-6 versions of the Ford F-150 now account for 60 percent of sales, while the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel enjoys almost 85-percent take rate on the Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups.

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.

"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". Ford refrained from a specific on-sale date for the new diesel, other than "spring". The team has managed to generate a diesel V-6 that will wear ratings of 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, enough to command a best-in-class towing capacity of 11,400 pounds.

The company offers six engine choices for the F-150. During that background session, Filipe noted that about 70% of F-150 buyers will use their trucks for towing, at least occasionally. Design highlights include a graphite-iron block, forged steel crankshaft (shared with Ford's turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost gasoline V6), a two-stage oil pump, a variable geometry turbocharger, and a common rail injection system pressurized to 29,000 pounds per square inch.

The 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine will be available with both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive F-150s in the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum versions featuring SuperCab (6.5-foot beds) or SuperCrew cabs (5.5- or 6.5-ft beds).

The 10-speed automatic's torque converter has been upgraded to handle the engine's extra twist. In order to help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, auto Start-Stop technology is standard.

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 will begin taking deliveries for the 2018 F-150 with the Power Stoke V6 diesel engine beginning in January, and deliveries set to begin this spring.

Ford truck marketing manager Todd Eckert says he expects the diesel to make up about 5 percent of overall F-150 retail sales. 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.

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