Fuel efficiency ratings for Ford’s new turbocharged 3.0-litre Power Stroke V-6 diesel engine are topping the charts in the full-size pickup category. EPA testing has resulted in estimated efficiency ratings of 10.8 litres/100 km in city driving, 8.0 L/100 km on the highway and 9.5 L/100 km combined – the highest ratings in the full-size (under-8,500 pounds) pickup category.
“Even a few years ago, customers wouldn’t have imagined an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg (8.0 L/100 km) highway would be possible in a full-size pickup but our team of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of product development and purchasing.
The 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with the diesel engine can also lay claim to best-in-class horsepower with 250 ponies under its hood, as well as greater torque – 440 lb.-ft. – than the 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi V-8. That peak torque comes in at just 1,750 revs and continues through the engine’s rpm range, making it ideal for towing or hauling heavy payloads. The new engine, which is coupled to an electronically-controlled 10-speed automatic transmission, is capable of towing up to 5,171 kg (tops in its class) and has a category-leading payload capacity of up to 916 kg.
The F-150 Power Stroke diesel shares the same robust engine construction of aluminum and compacted graphite iron as its bigger sibling, the 6.7-litre Power Stroke V-8 in the F-Series Super Duty, and its forged-steel crankshaft (borrowed from Ford’s 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6), ensures added strength and durability with reduced weight.
The addition of the 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 diesel boosts the number of engine choices for F-150 buyers to six. Trucks with this all-new engine will begin arriving at dealers in May.
Watch for Autofile’s first driving impressions of the diesel-powered F-150 coming soon.