The V6 diesel that's set to power the F-150 by spring churns out about 250 PS with 597 Nm of torque from a very low 1,750rpm - meaning the six cylinder diesel has a lot of punch off the bat.
The V6 will enable the F-150 to pull 11,400 lbs or carry a payload of 2,020 lbs, thanks to 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque; the latter number is delivered way down around 1,750 rpm. It's expected to return up to 30 mpg on the EPA's highway cycle. The option will add $4,000 to the Lariat trim price (which includes a standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6), or $3,000 to the two higher trim levels (which get a 5.0-liter V-8 as standard). About 75% of all F-150s sold in 2017 are equipped with V6 engines, according to the company.
Although the new engine will be branded "Power Stroke", like the bigger 6.7-liter turbodiesel found in F-Series Super Duty trucks, the 3.0-liter unit is more closely related to an engine offered in Europe and in the US under the hoods of Land Rover SUVs.
The engines will be built at the automotive giant's engine plant in Dagenham, providing a major shot in the arm to the UK's automotive sector.
"We really have the landscape cornered", said Todd Eckert, Ford truck marketing manager.
Enlarge Image440 pound-feet of torque isn't exactly on the low end. Ford
David Ives, diesel technical specialist for Ford, added the F-150 has a unique crankshaft, turbocharger, bearings, and fuel-delivery system with increased pressure.
Ford executives said they are confident their diesel will comply with USA emissions rules.
The new engine will give the pickup a fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon, Ford estimates.
Diesel-powered XL and XLT versions will be available only to fleet buyers.
Customers will be able to place orders for the diesel version of the pickup later this month, with deliveries beginning in the spring.
The Ford truck team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions when engineering the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel, which features a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance - a key advantage versus the electric cooling fans used by competitors. Powertrain warranty coverage matches that of the F-150's other engines: five years/60,000 miles-a year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover's. The Ram 1500 previously offered a light-duty diesel, but it's unclear if it will return in 2018.
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