Ford’s First F-150 Diesel

Ford’s First F-150 Diesel

Last Updated August 4, 2019 | Alison Smith

F150 Diesel 2018 Ford

As the best-selling truck for over 40 years, the Ford F-150 has been making waves in the truck industry since 1975. For 2018, Ford is stepping it up a notch, revealing that they will be adding a sixth option to the engine lineup: a Power Stroke diesel engine. While the F-Series Super Duty trucks have had diesel engine options, this is the first time that Ford has offered a diesel engine for the F-150. The 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine boasts an impressive EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating. Not only is it fuel efficient, but the 2018 F-150 diesel engine will offer a best-in-class payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and best-in-class towing of 11,400 pounds. The highly anticipated F-150 diesel will be available for the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum edition SuperCrew models with a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed, as well as SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed. Whether you opt for a four-wheel drive truck or a two-wheel drive, the diesel engine will be available for both. The new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine is “what dreams are made of”, according to Dave Filipe, Ford’s vice president of global powertrain engineering. Ranging from an additional $2,400 to $4,000 in cost, the new diesel engine will likely account for 5% of F-150 buyers. With an estimated arrival in spring of 2018, the F-150 diesel option is sure to be a popular choice for those who might not want to opt for a Super Duty truck but still want the extra power and efficiency that a diesel engine provides.

F-150 Diesel Features

Ford introduced military grade, aluminum alloy to the F-150 in 2015, helping cut down on weight by a whopping 700 pounds. Now for 2018, Ford is using stronger axles and a high-strength, fully boxed steel frame. However, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine for the F-150 will utilize the same forged-steel crank and compacted-graphite iron block construction found in Ford’s famous 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which will decrease the weight without sacrificing durability. While the new Ford F-150 diesel engine shares many characteristics with the Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine, the 3.0-liter was designed for F-150 customers in North America who need a truck that can both haul and tow over long distances on a frequent basis. Here some features that can be found in the F-150 Power Stroke engine:

  • Compacted graphite iron block construction
  • Forged-steel crank and aluminum alloy pistons
  • High-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger
  • Die-cast structural oil pan
  • 29,000 psi diesel fuel injection
  • High-pressure cooled exhaust gas recirculation
  • Tuned elastomeric damper
  • Secondary fuel filter

F150 Diesel Emblem Ford Power Stroke 2018

The high-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger enhances the responsiveness of the engine while reducing turbo lag. A die-cast structural oil pan helps with noise control, while a two-stage oil pump increases fuel efficiency. The 29,000 psi diesel fuel injection allows the engine to operate smoothly and quietly, with reduced noise, vibration, and harshness. Reduced emissions are due to the high-pressure cooled exhaust gas recirculation. Engineered for high-altitude and high-temperature performance, the 2018 F-150 diesel uses a mechanical engine-driven fan with dual radiator shutters rather than electric cooling fans. In testing the new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel engine, Ford took the F-150 out to the Davis Dam in Arizona where it was able to maintain consistent power output on a 13-mile trek at a 6 percent grade, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

With best-in-class payload and towing capacities, the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel also produces a good amount of horsepower and torque. Peak torque comes in at 440 lb.-ft. at 1,750 rpm, which makes the F-150 diesel great at hauling loads over long distances. Producing 250 horsepower at 3,250 rpm, the new V6 diesel engine is not lacking in power.

F-150 Diesel Transmission

F150 Diesel Exhasut Fluid Gauge Ford 2018 Power Stroke

Compared to the other Power Stroke engines that Ford has produced, the F-150 diesel engine will be equipped with a segment-exclusive SelectShift transmission. The 10-speed automatic transmission offers best-in-class performance, choosing the proper gear ratio that is needed without using sequential order. With Auto Start-Stop a standard feature, the transmission for the Ford F-150 Diesel reduces emissions and fuel consumption. By maximizing gear ratios and shift points, the SelectShift transmission enhances efficiency, power, and performance.

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Ford’s First F-150 Diesel

For the past four decades, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America. As if the popular pickup couldn’t get any better, Ford is coming out with a 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel for the first time ever. With an impressive EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon, the F-150 diesel engine will be released in spring 2018. The 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver best-in-class payload and towing capabilities.

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