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Ford Debuts Details on Diesel F-150 Pickup

Ford Debuts Details on Diesel F-150 Pickup

It's the first time the F-150 has ever had a diesel engine. Not bad at all for a full-sized truck.

"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 says it should continue strong throughout the rpm range, too, paying dividends in particular if you're towing.

WIth a new diesel under the hood, the 2018 F-150 diesel offers a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds, a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 30 miles per hour highway.

Part of that comes from the F-150's aluminum-alloy body introduced in 2015, which lightened the truck by 700 lbs. and allowed engineers to reinvest that weight in technologies to bolster towing and payload capability. Last year United States authorities charged that Fiat Chrysler used software to cheat emissions tests covering 104,000 of its Ram models. Ford has thrown in stronger axles, for instance, adding robustness. The turbochargers are variable-geometry units, meant to keep turbo lag to a minimum, and cooling is aided by a good old mechanical, engine-driven fan for high-temp, high-altitude performance.

Another reason why the 3.0-liter V6 ticks all the right boxes is the transmission it's paired with, the 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors.

According to Ford, 70 percent of F-150 owners tow with their pickups. It can also skip over gears as it changes, improving on responsiveness.

Ford will be offering the V6 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel on the 4×2 and 4×4 F-150.

Retail customers will be able to order the Power Stroke F-150 diesel on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels on SuperCrew cabs with 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds or on Lariat SuperCabs with a 6.5- or 8.0-foot bed, including 4x4 and 4x2 versions.

Ford dealers will begin taking orders for F-150s with the 3.0L diesel in about a week, with deliveries slated to begin this spring.


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