Diesel engines may have suffered a decline in passenger cars over the last two years, but their torque and economy make them perfect for pickup trucks like the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel / Power Stroke Diesel 2018. Ford’s plans to put a diesel under the hood of America’s best-selling vehicle was announced some time ago, but now we find out how frugal it can be. Here is what you need to know
This is not a regular gas burner
Ford’s powertrain for the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke Diesel is pretty special. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter engine, combined with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It delivers 250 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 440 lb-ft. torque of 1750 rpm.
Fleet customers will be able to order the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke Diesel in the XL and XLT versions of Ford. However, commercial versions of the truck will only be available in the Limited, King Ranch and Lariat versions. Expect to pay a premium of a few thousand dollars on a gas engine, too.
This Power Stroke Diesel pays dividends for towing
Pick-up truck drivers love to know that their trucks can handle heavy towing loads, and the 2018 F-150 diesel is certainly available. Indeed, it has a better diesel tow rating of 11,400 pounds. That puts it roughly on par with the 5.0-liter V8, with its towing capacity of 11,600 pounds, and comfortably outperforms the 2.7-liter EcoBoost with its 9,000-pound.
As for the payload, it reaches up to 2020 pounds for the F-150 diesel configured for fleet customers. It’s actually pretty low for the line-up: it only beats the entry-level 3.3-liter V6, which handles 1,990 pounds, but all other F-150 engines can handle more. Even so, it’s still enough to be the best in its class, says Ford. Retail customers will get a version of 1,940 pounds.
The figures of the economy are more than promising
The big question we had when Ford announced the F-150 Power Stroke Diesel 2018 was how frugal it would be. With the EPA figures released today, we now know. It is rated for 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.
“These are the highest estimated EPA ratings available in a large pickup truck,” says Ford, and they are also shading the rest of the Ford F-150 lineup. The second most frugal model is the 2.7-liter FB-EcoBoost, in fact. Who manages 26 mpg on the highway, 20 mpg in town, and 22 mpg combined. In particular, the maximum torque of the diesel engine arrives at much lower speeds than those of the EcoBoost.
There is a compromise for maximum performance
Although the F-150 diesel EPA numbers are impressive, it should be noted that they only concern the front-wheel drive version of the pickup. If you want the four-wheel drive model, it comes with a compromise in economics. Expect to get 25 mpg on the highway, 20 mpg in town and 22 mpg combined.
This is very similar to the F-150 gasoline engine models and, in fact, the rest of the pickup landscape.
He can not hold the crown of the economy for long
At present, the F-150 diesel is the most efficient Ford pickup truck. This may not be the case forever. Ford is also preparing an F-150 Hybrid, with an unspecified powertrain that will provide the low-end torque of an EV, but with the towing capabilities we’ve paired with a more traditional ICE engine.
However, there will also be competition elsewhere in the segment. The 2018 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is on the horizon, with its EPA rating reaching 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined for the powertrain version. The four-wheel-drive model gets one point less on its city and the combined numbers.