Ford to Take Orders for First F-150 Diesel Pickup

2018 Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA

Ford to Take Orders for First F-150 Diesel Pickup

This all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel now makes for six engine choices for F-150 customers. The engine uses a variable-geometry turbocharger, and shares its block material and crankshaft construction with Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. It's expected to return up to 30 mpg on the EPA's highway cycle.

In testing along the legendary 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.

Trucks.com reports this engine is an updated version of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 offered in various Jaguar-Land Rover products, first offered when Ford owned Land Rover. It uses a military-grade aluminum-alloy body developed in the USA, while the diesel engine was built at a Ford plant in the United Kingdom. The diesel engine will be manufactured at a Ford plant in Britain. Horsepower is 250 HP.

"We know that we have available powertrains globally, but we just can't take those...and put them in the F-Series", said David Felipe, vice president of global powertrains for Ford.

The objective of diesel grunt is a serious work ethic, and Ford anticipates best-in-class ratings for the new F-150 option: 2,020-pound payload and 11,400 pounds towing.

Ford said it was confident its diesel engines would comply with emissions standards. That's the EPA highway figure Ford has targeted, which would match the midsize Chevy Colorado diesel's rating, but in a much larger and more powerful package.

Ford to Take Orders for First F-150 Diesel Pickup

Don't expect this engine to be tucked away in a single trim, either. It'll be optional on the 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.

Diesel-powered XL and XLT versions will be available only to fleet buyers.

Ford Motor Co. said dealers will begin taking orders for 2018 F-150 trucks with diesel engines starting in mid-January for delivery in the spring.

Although diesel's popularity has waned in passenger vehicles in the USA, truck buyers have asked for the engine option for its increased towing capacity and longer fuel range. Powertrain warranty coverage matches that of the F-150's other engines: five years/60,000 miles-a year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover's.

The automaker is negotiating to settle the complaints and received government clearance to offer a 3.0 liter diesel in its 2017 and 2018 Ram trucks.

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