Ford’s Power Stroke F-150 Is a Future Legend

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How do you make a Ford tow more, sip less fuel and last longer than ever before? Throw a diesel in it. 

The diesel Ford F-150 is finally coming, and it could change the future of Ford trucks forever.  Right now Ford is leaning heavy into EcoBoost to provide incredible power with reduced fuel consumption. A small turbodiesel engine will take that same idea, and amp it up to 11. We are talking about class-defining pulling ability, better fuel economy than ever before, and a truck that should last longer than any F-150 before it.

That is the power and the promise of diesel.

If you don’t believe the hype, just take a look around the market. Ignoring Volkswagen’s illegal emissions debacle, the 2.0L in cars like the Golf are extremely compelling. This little engine provided punchy performance and near-hybrid fuel economy. On the truck side of things, Chevy has created a Colorado that will tow nearly 8,000 pounds, and gets an EPA-created 30 mpg on the highway. Then when it comes to longevity, just look at how many 7.3L Power Stroke engines are still running with several hundred thousand miles on the odometer.

This is what makes the idea of a diesel in an F-150 so incredibly appealing. Thanks to advanced materials and weight saving technology, Ford already has the highest towing capacity in the class, and one of the best fuel economy ratings for a gasoline pickup. Ford also has more than 30 years of history with building industry leading diesel engines. Put those two things together and we are looking at a truck that could dominate the market in nearly every sense.

Ford is claiming that the new 3.0L diesel engine is good for 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Ford Also says 3.0L diesel F-150 can tow 11,400 pounds and will manage a solid 30 mpg on the highway. To put that into perspective, that is more power and towing ability than RAM’s 3.0L EcoDiesel 1500, while delivering the kind of fuel economy Chevy can only manage on a mid-size pickup. Thanks to a 10-speed automatic transmission, you can be sure that towing will also be a breeze. All those extra gears can let the F-150 keep that new 3.0L Power Stroke right the meat of its power band, meaning that it should be easy to pull any load on any grade.

In fact, the only real problem we can see with a diesel F-150 is cost. The Power Stroke engine will only be available on upper trim level trucks, and it’s a $4,000 option over the base 2.7L EcoBoost. Even with the price premium, it’s hard not to be excited. We are still new F-150 that gets 30 mpg, could easily last to 400k miles, and it can still tow more than 5-tons. If that doesn’t sound like the greatest full-size pickup truck in the world, we don’t know what does.

Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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