It’s finally happening for real! A diesel engine will soon be used on the 2018 Ford F-150, and Ford didn’t let the public wait as they officially release its specs.
The new model comes with a turbocharged 3.0-L V6 that can produce 250hp at 3250 rpm, as well as 440 lb. ft. of torque at 1750 rpm. The maker has not yet released the official figures for fuel economy but its goal is 30mpg on the highways, and this is expected to be 4mpg better compared to another equally efficient F-150 that comes with turbocharged 2.7-L V6. Its engines also adhere to the emissions requirements of the 50 states, and this makes use of the urea injection system. This will also be partnered up with the 10-speed automatic transmission of Ford with a notably more solid torque converter. Ford also added that this diesel F-150 is going to enjoy 2020 pounds of payload capacity and 11400 pounds of tow rating.
Under the hood, the V6 is interesting for more than just raw numbers. For one thing, it is actually based on the 3L diesel found in the products of Jaguar Land Rover. This engine has the same output with 254hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The team of Powerstroke diesel that worked on 6.7L diesel found in the Super Duty F-Series trucks that are made with some modifications. It has new variable geometry turbocharger, connecting rod, fuel injection system, forged crankshaft, oil pan, and main bearings and connecting rod.
Mechanical cooling fan is another unique feature. Based on the statement of the representative of Ford, it’s one for the reason that they could not get an electric fan to move sufficient air with the standard 12V electrical system once under extreme loads like when towing heavy load up a grade. If asked, the representative stated that the electric fan could be acceptable once the truck had higher voltage electrical system like the 48V systems that appear in new vehicles. This truck does not have an exhaust brake, which is the reason why the engine braking in haul or tow mode makes it not necessary.