Ford says the same development that that churns out its massive 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 is behind this new 3.0-liter diesel mill as well. Retail customers can select the 3.0L diesel for F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-ft. or 6.5-ft. bed and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-ft. bed. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the F-150's boxed, high-strength steel frame make for a more robust package.
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.
A diesel version of the Ford's best-selling F-150 truck is to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, the firm announced today. The mainstream truck with the new engine will deliver 11400 pounds of towing and 2020 pounds of payload capacity.
Ford is pairing the engine with its SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford said it was confident its diesel engines would comply with emissions standards. It will be available in all trim grades.
The efficiency of the Power Stroke is furthered by a flat-ish torque curve that unleashes peak potential at 1,750 rpm.
The engine uses a common-rail fuel injection system that adds fuel at 29,000 pounds per square inch.
Digging deeper, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is not a clean-sheet design: It shares its basic engine block with previous diesel-powered Land Rovers and Range Rovers. Dual fuel filters improve break-in while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump reduce parasitic loss and improve fuel efficiency. The turbochargers are variable-geometry units, meant to keep turbo lag to a minimum, and cooling is aided by a good old mechanical, engine-driven fan for high-temp, high-altitude performance. David Felipe, vice president of global powertrains for Ford, said he expects 80 percent of diesel F-150 owners to tow with the truck.
Orders for the new oil-burning V6 will start in mid-January, with deliveries commencing in the spring. Ford will show the vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month.
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