Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Dianna Christensen
January 9, 2018

Towing capacity is 11,400 pounds, which - Ford is keen to highlight - is best-in-class.

But first, bear in mind the F-150 Power Stroke doesn't have that many competitors.

Ford tested the new F-150 diesel along the Davis Dam in Arizona, finding that even with an ambient temperature in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the truck could climb 13 miles at a 6-percent grade with a consistent level of power output. 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.

Ford's F-150 may be a best-seller, but what the range has lacked for some time is a Power Stroke diesel: now, the blue oval is going to rectify that.

Ford says it's first F-150 diesel should get 30 mpg on the highway, making the heavy hauling truck the most fuel efficient full-size pickup in the USA.

The engine should appeal to frequent towers and long-haul drivers with improved capacity and range. Ford is hoping to gain some customers from rivals Ram and Nissan, which both offer diesels in their full-size trucks. That makes sure the F-150 makes the most of its low-rpm torque, for instance. Retail customers can select the 3.0L diesel for F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-ft. or 6.5-ft. bed and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-ft. bed.

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Ford said F-150 will have an advanced power-train lineup with a best in class torque.

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.

The F-150 diesels will offer a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive.

Ford says dealers will open order books for the diesel toward the middle of this month, but you may want to prepare for some price shock.

"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".

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