The 2018 Ford F-150 – already acknowledged by many as not only having set but actually being the bar for performance in full-size pickups in 2018 – will take it up yet another notch with the arrival of the all-new 3.0L Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel engine option in the F-150.
The new 3.0L Power Stroke turbo diesel will be best-in-class for full-size pickups delivering 250 horsepower with 440 lb.-ft. of torque and 11,400 pounds of tow capacity. The Power Stroke will also offer Auto Start Stop to aid fuel economy and though not fuel economy rated by the EPA yet, the 30 mpg Ford says they are looking would also be best-in-class for the segment.
Ford is the second full-size pickup to offer diesel technology as a power plant option – following the Ram 1500 which – with its 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 – revolutionized power plant options for the segment back in 2014. The Ram EcoDiesel offers 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tow capacity up to 9,200 pounds with a fuel economy rating of 27 mpg.
If Ford makes its target fuel economy, the F-150 with the Power Stroke diesel will surpass the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 by 10 horsepower, 20 lb.-ft. of torque, 2,200 pounds of tow and 3 mpg of fuel economy.
We should also note one other advantage. The Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel power plant will be mated to their new 10-speed automatic transmission which is calibrated to take advantage of the diesel’s low-end power and torque curves in order to optimize power and efficiency.
By comparison, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is mated to an 8-speed automatic. The two additional shift points on the Ford 10-speed, coupled with its ability to non-sequentially select the correct gear ratio depending on need, is expected to make the powertrain more responsive in delivering the additional power and torque to the road.
Ford F-150 customers can now begin ordering trucks with the new diesel power plant for delivery later this spring. The 3.0L Power Stroke diesel will be available for retail customers on the 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with 5.5-foot and 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with the 6.5-foot bed configuration.
Fleet customers will be able to order the Power Stroke diesel power train on the lower-priced XL and XLT models as well.
As with the competing Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel will have a price premium. When upgrading from gasoline powertrains in the F-150, look to pay an additional $4,000 over the 2.7L EcoBoost, $2,400 over the 3.5L EcoBoost and $3,000 over the 5.0L V8.
Learn more about the complete line up of 2018 Ford F-150 pickup by clicking here: https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/