Ford F-150: What Will Diesel Model Offer?

Tammy Harvey
January 9, 2018

U.S. automaker giant Ford has announced that it will be launching a diesel version of its F-150 pickup truck, one of its most successful models.

The diesel engine costs $4,000 on the Lariat and Platinum versions of F-150, $3,000 on the King Ranch version.

According to Ford, 70 percent of F-150 owners tow with their pickups.

Pickup trucks aren't supposed to get great fuel economy.

If you want to know why truck enthusiasts love diesels, look no further than the newly-released specs for the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel: 440 lb-ft of torque, an 11,400 pound towing capacity, a 2,020 pound payload rating, and an estimated 30 MPG on the highway. Peak torque arrives at just 1,750 rpm, with the V6 sharing the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7 litre EcoBoost engine.

The 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is standard, and has been tweaked with the diesel in mind.


The new driveline will be available in various trims and body configurations for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive trucks.

The engine uses a common-rail fuel injection system that adds fuel at 29,000 pounds per square inch.

Dual fuel filters improve beak-in, and there's a case-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump for a cut in parasitic loss.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

"Competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude", explains Ford Diesel Engine Technical Specialist David Ives, "so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions". The turbochargers are variable-geometry units, meant to keep turbo lag to a minimum, and cooling is aided by a good old mechanical, engine-driven fan for high-temp, high-altitude performance.

At times when the truck isn't being pushed quite so hard, the mechanical fan's viscous coupler allows for more slip, reducing the load on the engine, while a pair of radiator shutters closes to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Although the 3.0-liter found under the hoods of some Land Rover SUVs is similar to the F-150 unit, engineers from Ford said their diesel engine for the F-150 will have key differences including an uprated turbocharger and higher-pressure fuel delivery. Ford will show the vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month.

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