Ford picks Britain to build diesel engines for best-selling USA pick-ups

2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Specs Released 30 MPG 250 HP 440 LB-FT

Ford Drops Diesel Into F-150, Finally

The engine will be available to retail customers in both the 4x2 and 4x4 variations of the 2018 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew F-150s.

"We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have had to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, 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", said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

"Dave Filipe, Ford's vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering- calling the 3-liter Power Stroke "[the] V6 engine that dreams are made of" - says the sixth engine option for the flagship F-Series pickup features 250 horsepower and 440 lb. -ft. of torque, with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating.

Inheriting the technology of the 6.7L Power Stroke that propels the Ford Super Duty trucks, the 3.0L diesel engine uses the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in Ford's 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine for greater rigidity and durability.

Fiat Chrysler jarred its rivals in 2013 by offering a diesel engine in its light duty Ram pickup models and claiming best-in-class fuel economy.

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The F-150 Diesel will utilize a new 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM. Auto Start-Stop also comes standard, another nod to fuel efficiency.

Although diesel's popularity has waned in passenger vehicles in the USA, truck buyers have asked for the engine option for its increased towing capacity and longer fuel range.

In testing along the legendary Davis Dam in Arizona, F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine climbed 13 miles at a 6 percent grade in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees - maintaining consistent power output throughout.

Ford's F-150 may be a best-seller, but what the range has lacked for some time is a Power Stroke diesel: now, the blue oval is going to rectify that. The diesel engine won't be the last option coming soon to the F-150: the automaker has already confirmed that a seventh, a hybrid powertrain, is on the way. Pricing will be announced later this month, when dealers begin taking pre-orders.

"We really have the landscape cornered", said Todd Eckert, Ford truck marketing manager. Fleet customers can order the engine on all trim levels with SuperCrew 51/2-foot or 61/2-foot beds, or the SuperCab with a 61/2-foot bed. The final assembly for the truck is Ford's Dearborn truck plant.

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