Ford F-150: What Will Diesel Model Offer?

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. Ford refrained from a specific on-sale date for the new diesel, other than "spring".

For now Ford has only one competitor when it comes to the half-ton diesel game, and that's the Ram EcoDiesel. For retail customers, it will be available on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum models, with either a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, with both the SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

Pickup trucks aren't supposed to get great fuel economy. Dealerships are expected to open the order books on the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke later this month; it will be available for 4×2 and 4×4 models. It will also make a solid 440 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower, the sort of numbers that translate into solid towing and payload capacity.

Dave Filipe, Ford's Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, calls the 2018 Ford F-150's new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel the sort of engine "that dreams are made of". In fact, the various EcoBoost engines now account for about 60% of all F-150 sales. That shaved as much as 700 pounds off the weight of prior-generation F-150 models.

Already the leader in full-size pickup engine choices (five), Ford looks to tighten its grip on sales leadership in this profitable class with the addition of a diesel engine option for the F-150.

WIth a new diesel under the hood, the 2018 F-150 diesel offers a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds, a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 30 miles per hour highway. The team took the original Lion design and updated it with modern technology and optimized gearing. The turbocharger and fuel injectors were tuned specifically to meet the standards of towing enthusiasts. It closes down the two radiator shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency and reduce parasitic engine loss.

"The towing customer wants refinement too, especially in this segment", said David Ives, diesel technical specialist for Ford.

Ford sees a growing market for the diesel-powered F-150 as demand for pickup trucks increases. That represents a 9.3 percent increase compared with 2016 figures, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp.

Overall, automakers sold 2.4 million full-size pickup trucks previous year, an increase of 5.6 percent compared with 2016.

  • Wendy Palmer