2018 F-150’s Power Stroke Diesel – Everything We Know
Fans have clamored for an F-150 diesel for years. But will they actually buy them?
It’s been months since Ford pulled the covers off the 2018 F-150, but other than telling us they’re stuffing a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine under the hood, no other details have emerged. Sure, there’s been plenty of speculation surrounding the oil burner, but nothing concrete. Yet the question remains: who exactly is going to buy one? And, what customers stand to benefit from an F-150 diesel?
First, let’s take a look at what we know. Ford is building an F-150 diesel to battle the Ram 1500 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engine. Industry tactics lead us to believe they will build an engine both more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than the Dodge, which isn’t a short order by any means. Furthermore, Ford already builds a 3.0-liter diesel engine for Land Rover, so the blueprint is already there. Then again, we also know such engine features outdated technology by today’s standards.
The Ram’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 produces 240 horsepower, and 420 lb-ft of torque, while returning 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. In the 4,700-pound Land Rover with an 8-speed transmission, Ford’s 3.0-liter V6 produces 254 horsepower, and 443 lb-ft of torque while returning 22 and 28 mpg. So it stands to reason that Ford could top those numbers with a new, more efficient diesel engine.
Even without knowing the improvements already in the pipeline for 2018, we can still draw some comparisons. The base 3.5-liter V6 produces 282 horsepower, and achieves 17 and 22 mpg. The 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque, and delivers 19 and 26 mpg. Step up to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, and you’ll get 375 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, with an average of 18 and 25 mpg. Finally, the V8 produces 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque, with an EPA rating of 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
After analyzing such impressive figures, the new 3.0-liter diesel will most likely have a viable market with consumers looking to do more with less. By less we mean without the need to jump to the Ford Super Duty. The attraction of a diesel is its towing capability and fuel-efficiency, so it will have to perform extremely well in both categories. In all fairness, the Ram EcoDiesel has carved out a niche, so it’s reasonable to think the new F-150 will face strong competition.
Simply put, what we know so far doesn’t paint the whole picture, but it makes a pretty good case for the upcoming Power Stroke. The diesel F-150 must provide lots of torque, and deliver best-in-class fuel economy to make sense to consumers. Perhaps more importantly, it must do so at a reasonable cost! Adding the EcoDiesel option to a Ram 1500 sets you back a cool $4,270. That’s a lot of coin especially considering the performance found in less expensive V6 and V8 engines these days.
Ultimately, all we can do is sit and wait on Ford to release all the details surrounding their new addition. Once that happens the true test will take place — the one where customers actually go to dealerships and buy them.
What do you think the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel must deliver, and would you buy one?