Would You Consider the 2018 F-150’s 3.0L PowerStroke Diesel?

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Question of the Week: Is Ford’s New Diesel Engine for the 2018 F-150 Appealing to You?

Ford announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show that the 2018 F-150, would offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6. Specifications weren’t released, but there is a good chance that this new engine is comparable to the 3.0-liter diesel that the Blue Oval provides to Land Rover.

In the 2017 Range Rover, the 3.0-liter diesel produces 254-horsepower and 443-lb-ft of torque. In addition, it features an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The new 3.0-liter diesel should be somewhat similar to the Range Rover engine, and while it could have different specs, let’s assume for the sake of discussion that will be identical.

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The horsepower level seems a little low relative to the rest of the current F-150 engine lineup, but 443-lb-ft of torque would make it among the most powerful engines in the new F-150 – with only the 3.5-liter EcoBoost packing more twist. More importantly, 254-horsepower and 443-lb-ft of torque would give the Ford an overall advantage over the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which delivers 240-horsepower and 420-lb-ft of torque. Therefore, Ford would likely offer greater towing and hauling capabilities.

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Regardless of horsepower, the 3.0-liter PowerStroke diesel mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission will surely make the half-ton Ford the most fuel-efficient truck on the market. Right now, the Ram EcoDiesel holds that claim with a highway figure of 29-mpg. We’re sure that’s one area where Ford will look to knock off the cross-town rivals.

In summary, if the 2018 Ford F-150 3.0L PowerStroke diesel were to offer 254-horsepower, and 443-lb-ft of torque, would you consider it for your next new truck?

Share your thoughts on the new F-150 diesel!

 

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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