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Ford adds diesel engine to F-150 for the first time

09 January 2018

"We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have 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", David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist, said in the announcement.

Ford announced the diesel engine option for the F-150 Monday, saying it will give the truck an estimated rating of 30 miles per gallon. The team has managed to generate a diesel V-6 that will wear ratings of 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, enough to command a best-in-class towing capacity of 11,400 pounds.

Although diesel's popularity with general carbuyers has rapidly declined over the past few years-just nine diesel-powered passenger cars are available so far in 2018, down from 22 in 2015-truck buyers have clamored for the engine option in light-duty trucks and are seemingly willing to pay for it. Ram has offered a diesel engine in its full-size Ram 1500 before but it's unclear if that will return for 2018 after regulators accused the truckmaker of not disclosing certain emissions controls. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona.

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This spring, Ford is giving F-150 fans the diesel they've been asking for. The Blue Oval boys say the expect a 30 mpg highway rating from the EPA.

The diesel engine costs $4,000 on the Lariat and Platinum versions of F-150, $3,000 on the King Ranch version.

Photo of 3.0L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 courtesy of Ford. It will be available with two- or four-wheel drive. GM (Chevrolet and GMC) offers a diesel (the 6.6-liter Duramax V8) in its HD trucks, while the Toyota Tundra range is limited to gasoline engines, and does not include a heavy-duty model.

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The 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is standard, and has been tweaked with the diesel in mind. The OEM called the 2018 F-150 with this latest engine "the most efficient F-150 towing machine ever".

"For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of", said Ford's powertrain chief Dave Filipe.

Ford will begin taking orders, including from commercial buyers, later this month, and begin delivering it in the spring.

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Ford adds diesel engine to F-150 for the first time