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.

The 3.0-liter engine, built in Great Britain, is a variant of the Lion diesel that Ford builds for its Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles.

Mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission, it's targeted to return an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon 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.

"For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power StrokeĀ® V6 engine that dreams are made of", declared Dave Filipe, vice president of global powertrain engineering at the Ford Motor Company.

Smaller though it may be, the F-150 Power Stroke diesel claims class-leading output and capacity: 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, 11,400 pounds of towing capability, and 2,020 pounds of payload.

Diesels typically command premium prices, and while Ford won't discuss MSRPs the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 seems likely to be consistent with that trait.

The engine has been severely tested under the most demanding conditions to ensure it performs as required.

Interested buyers will be able to start placing orders for the F-150 diesel later this month by adding the engine to Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks. GM (Chevrolet and GMC) offers a diesel (the 6.6-liter Duramax V8) in its HD trucks, while the Toyota Tundra range is limited to gasoline engines, and does not include a heavy-duty model. 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.

This spring, Ford is giving F-150 fans the diesel they've been asking for.

Ford dealers will begin taking orders for F-150s with the 3.0L diesel in about a week, with deliveries slated to begin this spring.


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