Ford releases fuel economy figures for new F-150 diesel

The 2018 Ford F-150 with 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine will begin shipping to dealers in May.

And just like your old Schwinn bike, the diesel F-150 uses a 10-speed automatic to ensure the engine is always at the ideal rpm.

The all-new 3.0-liter six-cylinder Power Stroke turbodiesel delivers 250 hp and 440 lb-ft (596 Nm) of torque, with the latter figure being higher than a 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi V8.

The best-selling truck (or car) in the United States for many years running, the 2018 Ford F-150 can now claim the highest EPA-estimated highway fuel rating bragging rights for a full-sized pickup truck.

The first diesel version of the Ford F-150 will be rated at 30 mpg in highway driving, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market when it hits showrooms next month.

The truck also boasts best-in-class diesel towing of 11,400 pounds and best diesel payload of 2,020 pounds in the XL and XLT fleet applications.

In four-wheel-drive trim retail models of the 2018 F-150, including Lariat and above, the PowerStroke-powered half-ton pickup achieves 20mpg in the city, 25mpg on the highway and 22mpg combined.

General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) aren't sitting back while Ford adds a diesel option to its medium-duty pickups. Ram will also get a new 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel for 2019, along with a 48-volt mild hybrid system to reduce idling in the city to save gas. A 4×4 F-150 diesel comes in at a much lower 20/25/22.

In the truck segment, it is a constant battle of one-upping the competitors, so when the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 arrives later this year, we expect that it will challenge Ford's new PowerStroke, but in the meantime, the F-150 offers the best overall fuel economy figures in the full-size truck segment.

Even more exciting is the prospect that an engine like this Power Stroke could eventually find its way into other models like Ford's Expedition and Explorer.

But diesel-powered F-150s will require extra coin.

  • Joe Gonzales