For the last 40 years, the Ford F-Series has been America's best selling truck. Without surprise, the F-150 has been the most popular truck in the lineup, but has never been blessed with a diesel engine option. Before you had to opt for a much larger, heavy-duty truck if you wanted better mileage and torque, or just hated spark plugs. Those days are over now.
Ford recently released the specs for the new 2018 F-150 Power Stroke Diesel, and they look amazing. Not only does the Diesel F-150 have a target 30 MPG highway fuel economy rating, but it can tow 11,400 pounds and has a 2,020-pound payload rating. How it does all this you ask? Technology, and lots of it.
The new 3.0 turbo diesel engine will produce 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque at only 1750 rpm. It accomplishes this by using 29,000 psi fuel injectors, and a variable geometry turbocharger that can produce boost very early on. Ford expects this engine to last as they use a special compacted graphite iron block for increased durability and less weight, a forged steel crankshaft, and dual fuel filters.
The impressive fuel economy isn't all about the engine though. Ford uses dual radiator grille shutters for increased aerodynamics, an all-aluminum body for reduced weight, standard start/stop feature and a fancy 10-speed automatic transmission that always knows the perfect rpm for getting great gas mileage.
Automotive News reports the 3.0 liter Power Stroke option will cost around $2,400-$400 more to make but with these numbers, it's worth every penny. Long live the diesel.