Ford to Take Orders for First F-150 Diesel Pickup


The very same Ford powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered this all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the specific needs of North American F-150 customers who tow and haul frequently. Today, the company has revealed the full specifications for the newest, smallest Power Stroke motor, with 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, an estimated 30 MPG on the highway, and 11,400 lbs of towing capacity. That explains how Ford managed to get it to deliver all that brawn while keeping fuel economy figures decent.

The SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission was adapted specifically for use with this new engine.

Ford's best-selling full-size pickup truck will be powered by a diesel engine for the first time in its 70-year history.

Since its introduction on the F-150 in 2011, Ford's EcoBoost V-6s have become the engine of choice for most F-150 buyers, but now the diesel is "the next logical extension", says Todd Eckert, truck marketing manager.

We asked what took so long because Ford essentially started work on this "Duratorq/Lion" series engine in 1999 and has been building and selling it since 2004 (in Jaguars, Land Rovers, Peugeots, Citro├źns, and an Aussie Ford SUV). (In 2017 the ratings were 240 hp, 420 lb-ft, 1,590 and 9,210 pounds, and the new Wrangler fitment of this engine's successor makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft.) Helping to achieve that lofty highway rating is an auto start/stop system, separate grille shutters for the radiator and the charge-air cooler, and cooled exhaust-gas recirculation. The V6 diesel powerplant will be available for the Lariat, King Ranch, the Platinum SuperCrew, and the SuperCab versions of the F-150. Filipe notes that peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range - ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. A 5.4-gallon diesel-emissions fluid tank should last 10,000 miles. SuperCab models will have the 6.5-foot bed. The vehicle will come with a price tag between $2,400 and $4,000 more than its petrol alternative.

Production of the non-petrol alternative will be increased with an aim that around five per cent of the F-150 range will be diesel.

The new driveline will be available in various trims and body configurations for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive trucks. In addition to the better fuel economy, they allow for greater towing capability.