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