Ford Debuts Details on Diesel F-150 Pickup

Posted January 09, 2018

Ford says the same development that that churns out its massive 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 is behind this new 3.0-liter diesel mill as well. It'll be optional on the 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the F-150's boxed, high-strength steel frame make for a more robust package. A first for Ford in the half-ton truck category, the addition of a compression ignition engine is expected to add incremental sales to a truck that has been the country's bestselling pickup for 41 straight years, and bestselling vehicle of any kind for 36.

A diesel version of the Ford's best-selling F-150 truck is to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, the firm announced today. Payload capacity is also claimed to be best-in-class at 2,020 pounds.

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Features such as a variable-geometry turbocharger and compacted-graphite iron block material construction are utilized in order to provide improved fuel efficiency, as well as strong and continuous torque delivery throughout the entire rev range.

The efficiency of the Power Stroke is furthered by a flat-ish torque curve that unleashes peak potential at 1,750 rpm.

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"We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, 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", said David Ives, Ford's diesel engine technical specialist.

The Detroit-headquartered firm expects the diesel trucks to achieve 30 miles per gallon. In order to help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, auto Start-Stop technology is standard. Ford says the trucks will begin arriving in dealerships later this spring. For instance, a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters are used for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance.

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