Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Ford adds diesel engine to F-150 for the first time

Ford adds diesel engine to F-150 for the first time

For those looking for towing capacity and fuel economy in their full-size pickup, Ford Motor Co. announced a sixth engine option for the 2018 F-150: a 3.0L V6 Power Stroke turbo diesel.

Over the decades; the Ford F-150 has had updates, design changes, and the record for best-selling US vehicle for the last 41 years. Here is what the vehicle will be offered.

Dave Filipe, Ford's Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, calls the 2018 Ford F-150's new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel the sort of engine "that dreams are made of".

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It is estimated that the vehicle would be able to offer about 30mpg on the highway but we will have to wait for the official fuel economy number to be released to know for sure if they managed to hit that target.

Ford is pairing the engine with its SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission. Fleet buyers can get it in XL and XLT work-focused trims, while retail customers can choose from a selection of Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum SuperCrew models with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. Customers can start placing orders for the truck this month.

Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, said customers have been asking for increased fuel efficiency. The engine shares the same graphite iron block material and forged steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost.

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Peak torque on the new Power Stroke diesel comes at only 1,750 rpm, and continues throughout the rpm range for ideal towing or hauling for extended periods of time.

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A cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump for reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency. The engine also uses a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters to provide improved performance in high temperature and high-altitude environments. That's 4 mpg better than the current most efficient gasoline-powered F-150.

"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". It closes down the two radiator shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency and reduce parasitic engine loss. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the F-150's boxed, high-strength steel frame make for a more robust package. It is an F-150-specific derivative of the diesel engine built at a Ford plant in the United Kingdom, and inserted into a military-grade aluminum-alloy body at F-series plants stateside.

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