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Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA

09 January 2018

If you want to know why truck enthusiasts love diesels, look no further than the newly-released specs for the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel: 440 lb-ft of torque, an 11,400 pound towing capacity, a 2,020 pound payload rating, and an estimated 30 MPG on the highway.

In 2014, Ford approved development of a hybrid F-150, which analysts assume will come to market regardless of any Trump Administration efforts to roll back current fuel-economy targets.

The Power Stroke F-150 will cost between $2,000 to $4,000 more than the comparable trim level on Ford's gas powered F-150 pickups.

The 2018 Ford F-150's new Power Stroke produces peak torque from just 1,750 rpm, and the familiar 10-speed automatic transmission found throughout most of the lineup is standard here, calibrated specially for the new diesel's bottom-heavy torque curve.

The engine should appeal to frequent towers and long-haul drivers with improved capacity and range.

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.

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 diesel F-150 will join the General Motors Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon mid-size pickups and the full-size Nissan Titan XD in offering a 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.

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. That's 4 mpg better than the current most efficient gasoline-powered F-150. Ford says the trucks will begin arriving in dealerships later this spring.

"For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of", said Ford's powertrain chief Dave Filipe.

Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA