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Orders beginning for Ford F-150 Diesel; best-in-class torque, towing, targeted EPA-est. 30 mpg

Ford dealers will begin taking orders for the 2018 F-150 with all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine (earlier post) this month. Deliveries begin this spring.

The F-150 Power Stroke diesel features a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg (7.83 l/100 km) highway rating; a best-in-class 11,400 pounds (5,171 kg) of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds (916 kg) of payload capacity; plus best-in-class diesel 250 hp and 440 lb-ft (597 N·m) of torque. Final EPA F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel fuel economy estimates will be published this spring.


The 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel now makes for six engine choices for F-150 customers.

The F-150 Power Stroke diesel shares proven commercial-grade technology with F-Series Super Duty’s larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The same Ford powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered this all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the specific needs of North American F-150 customers who tow and haul frequently.

Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range, which is ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances.

This new V6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine for added strength and durability along with reduced weight.

For greater responsiveness and reduced turbo lag, the Ford truck team chose a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimizes performance and fuel efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000 pounds per square inch (2000 bar) injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

Dual fuel filters are added for improved break-in, while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump mean reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency.

Engineering the most efficient F-150 towing machine is enabled by F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, introduced in 2015. This construction lightened the load by 700 pounds, allowing engineers to invest in additional technologies to further improve towing and payload capability, as well as greater fuel economy, even when towing. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the fully boxed, high-strength steel frame add further robustness.

The Ford truck team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions when engineering the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel, which features a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance—a key advantage versus electric cooling fans.

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. This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.

—David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist

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.


Calibrated specifically for the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel’s low-end power and torque curves, a standard SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission maximizes shift points and gear ratios to optimize power, low-rpm torque and efficiency. This segment-exclusive transmission can non-sequentially select the right gear ratio based on need. To help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, Auto Start-Stop also comes standard.

In testing along the Davis Dam in Arizona, F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine climbed 13 miles at a 6 percent grade in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, maintaining consistent power output throughout.

The all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available for both 4x2 and 4x4 F-150 pickups. Retail customers can choose this engine option for 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.

For fleet customers who use their truck for work, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine will be available on all F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed.



These are impressive fuel efficiency numbers for a full size truck, but I suspect the net consequence will be that more sedan buyers will see this as a viable option that gives them the added utility of towing and hauling. I wonder how much they cost though and I wonder about their ability to meet emission standards when VW and many others have failed.


"...I wonder about their ability to meet emission standards when VW and many others have failed."

It will have to or it won't be certified.

Every light-duty diesel vehicle line certified in the U.S. is subject to months of extensive additional testing and has since the NOV was issued to VW in September 2015. The additional testing is conducted to ensure the vehicles' certified emissions are representative in all "driving cycles and conditions that may reasonably be expected to be encountered in normal operation and use."

Juan Valdez

Diesel vs. Electric - read my list below, and see why electric pickups will soon rule !!

1. "Available on...." (basically all their high end trucks) vs. close to Telsa's pickup cost?
2. "Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm" vs. 100% peak torque at 0 rpm for electric trucks.
3. "10 speed (complicated and expensive) transmission" vs. no tranny needed for electric trucks.
4. "Auto Start-Stop also comes standard" vs. no energy used when stopped by all electric trucks.
5. "Dual fuel filters" vs. NO fuel filters on electric trucks.

Complicated tech, expensive to buy, expensive to fix, just so we can continue to spew planet-killing waste every mile.

Come on folks, time to switch to electrified transportation NOW..

Brian P

... but a probable range of 100 km or less while towing a trailer wouldn't go over well with customers. That 13 miles at 6% grade at max tow rating would eat up a good chunk of charge right there.

Electric power is not ready to be all things to all people yet ... not even close.

With the technology that we have available today ... I welcome diesel power in this application. It should do better in towing applications than the Ecoboost gasoline engines do ... they've proven to be thirsty when towing.

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