The all-new F-150 Power Stroke Diesel

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Ford F-150 is delivering another first – its all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine targeted to return an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway

BY DAVID GOODSPEED
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

The truck wars are officially back on and Ford has just fired
its latest salvo in the form of the all-new F-150 Power Stroke diesel.
Arriving in dealerships soon, Ford can now compete with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and the upcoming Silverado 1500 turbodiesel from Chevrolet.
Ford engineers did not have to go far to find a motor to power
this model. They had developed a V-6 turbodiesel engine a little over
a decade ago when they owned the Jaguar/Land Rover group. Ford is
using the basic technology of this 3.0-liter engine but gives its
Power Stroke version a new block, new injection system with higher
pressures, new turbocharger, new intake, and new exhaust.
The engine is mated to Ford’s very nice 10-speed automatic
gearbox. Power is rated at 250hp and 440 lb. ft. torque with highway
fuel economy of 30 mpg and 22 mpg in the city. Part of that
best-in-class fuel economy is the fact that Ford utilizes aluminum in
much of the construction of the F-150 for weight reduction.
For fleet applications, Ford boasts a payload capacity of 2,020
pounds (1,940 in consumer trim) and a tow rating of 11,400 pounds. The
thing about these figures is that they are not equal to or greater
than what a gasoline F-150 will do. In the right configuration the
F-150 is rated at 13,200 lbs. towing and 3,270 lbs. payload. For those
who never max out their truck and travel quite a bit by highway, the
2018 Power Stroke diesel F-150 will save you money in the long haul.
The best news about the new Power Stroke is that it comes on a
2018 Ford F-150. Ford has made some very nice improvements to this
truck and after driving it there is no wonder why the F-150 is the
best-selling truck period. This new engine option will only boost
those figures.
Pricing is coming out for the F-150 Power Stroke trucks and the
upgrade will cost you about $4,000 over a gas motor truck. The Power
Stroke diesel will be available to consumers on Lariat and above trim
levels and on XL and XLT models for fleet customers.
We tested the new truck in lesser Lariat trim as well as
top-of-the-line Platinum. The powertrain is so quiet and smooth – it
definitely passes the drive-thru test (where you don’t have to shut
off your engine to order on the squawk-box) and offers such a pleasant
on-road experience. Conversations can be carried on at low levels or
you can enjoy the quality of the new Bang & Olufsen-designed sound
systems.
Stepping on the accelerator there is still a small bit of turbo
lag as with any turbodiesel engine these days but it is less so than
in the larger Power Stroke V-8s. The truck moves fleet of foot but it
does not lurch so that enhances the great driving experience. And
as our duel with Mother Nature proved, the truck handles itself
equally well in good weather as foul.
Truth be told, the truck wars never really ended, but things are
going to get even more interesting now that Ford has rolled out its
Power Stroke diesel variant on the uber-popular F-150.
Were I in the market for a new truck, this would be the model I
would opt for. And no, I would not be sticking those big obnoxious
chrome pipes up through the bed.

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