New Ford F-150 Diesel Aims to Crack the 30 MPG Barrier

There was a time when full-size pickups could barely manage to get into double-digits when it came to fuel economy.

- Ford says the team that designed the 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 diesel for its heavy-duty trucks designed the engine for the F-150.

Ford describes the diesel F-150 as a "best-in-class" vehicle, offering up to 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, in addition to its 3.0 litre, 250 horsepower diesel engine.

Considering that Ford sold almost 900,000 F-150s in 2017, about 300,000 more than the Chevrolet Silverado, its nearest competitor, that would be no small feat. The time is right, executives said, because new technology enabled a smooth and quiet ride that is traditionally hard to achieve with a diesel powertrain.

It's a move to increase the range of its popular F-150 pickup and attract new buyers in the unusually loyal truck market.

The F-150 diesels will offer a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive. Until now, there were only two on the market, the Ram 1500 and the latest-generation Nissan Titan.

A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Power Stroke F-150 models, and was developed exclusively for the truck. But turbos do have their drawbacks, notably a sharp drop in mileage under heavy loads - such as on steep hills, aggressive acceleration and extreme towing situations.

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Ford tested the F-150 Power Stroke at Arizona's Davis Dam, where it maintained consistent power output while climbing 13 miles at a 6% grade in temperatures greater than 100 degrees.

"We now know the recipe to make a diesel engine work", Filipe said.

When Ford's diesel half-tonner arrives next spring, only General Motors and Toyota will be without a diesel option in their 1500 series trucks. That shaved as much as 700 pounds off the weight of prior-generation F-150 models. 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.

The Power Stroke package features a variable geometry turbo to minimize lag and maximize torque across its RPM ranger.

Fleet customers will be able to order the new Power Stroke in SuperCrew and SuperCab F-150s of any trim level.

But the industry has seen major strides in aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency lately, and now-this spring-Ford is planning to release a 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft F-150 diesel that the company estimates will score 30 MPG on the highway.

  • Darren Santiago