Ford Motor Co.is offering a diesel engine in its F-150 pickup for the first time. A first for Ford in the half-ton truck category, the addition of a compression ignition engine is expected to add incremental sales to a truck that has been the country's bestselling pickup for 41 straight years, and bestselling vehicle of any kind for 36.
The design team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions in engineering the 3.0L diesel, according to Ford.
The diesel F-150 is powered by Ford's only diesel V-6 - a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbocharged engine that makes 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. The engine shares the same graphite iron block material and forged steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost. The automaker said it expects the engine will deliver 30 highway mpg as well as 11,400 lbs. towing and 2,020 payload capacity.
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"The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you'll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump". Ford is hoping to gain some customers from rivals Ram and Nissan, which both offer diesels in their full-size trucks.
Although diesel's popularity with general carbuyers has rapidly declined over the past few years-just nine diesel-powered passenger cars are available so far in 2018, down from 22 in 2015-truck buyers have clamored for the engine option in light-duty trucks and are seemingly willing to pay for it. 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.
Ford is to build thousands of new diesel engines in the United Kingdom, as the USA vehicle giant prepares a non-petrol alternative for its iconic pick-ups across the pond.
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Fleet customers will be able to order the diesel engine on the less expensive XL and XLT SuperCab or SuperCrew cabs with 6.5- or 8.0-foot beds. Deliveries will begin in the spring.
The F-150 diesels will offer a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive.
Ford said F-150 will have an advanced power-train lineup with a best in class torque.
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