2018 F-150’s Power Stroke Diesel – Everything We Know

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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 Then again, we also know such engine features outdated technology by today’s standards.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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