WIth a new diesel under the hood, the 2018 F-150 diesel offers a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds, a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 30 miles per hour highway.
But first, bear in mind the F-150 Power Stroke doesn't have that many competitors.
Helping the diesel achieve as much efficiency as possible will be Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission (developed in partnership with General Motors), the F-150 aluminum body, and auto start/stop. 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.
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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. With 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, the 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 powering Nissan's Titan XD is a different concept, straddling the border between half-ton and heavy-duty pickups. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona.
Adding the diesel option gives F-150 buyers six choices of engine, and the company expects about 5 percent of F-150 buyers will choose diesel. 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.
Photo of 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 courtesy of Ford. In more moderate conditions, the engine control system uses a viscous coupler to back down the fan's load, and close the two shutters on the radiator for better aerodynamic efficiency, as well as reduced parasitic engine loss. 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.