2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel to Offer 30 MPG HWY; Best-in-Class Towing, Hauling, Torque, and Horsepower
Folks have been waiting for a diesel-powered Ford F-150 for quite a long while, making last year’s announcement that the updated 2018 F-150 would be available with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel something tantamount to manna from heaven for truck lovers.
Today, Ford revealed that the F-150 Power Stroke diesel will deliver an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway and deliver best-in-class towing capacity, payload capacity, and diesel horsepower and torque. So, fair to say, the result was well worth the wait.
“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”
The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke delivers peak torque at 1,750 rpm, with output hitting a best-in-class 440 lb-ft of torque and a best-in-class 250 horsepower. To help deliver a best-in-class 11,400-pound max towing capacity and 2,020-pound max payload capacity, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 utilizes dual radiator shutters and a mechanical engine-driven fan that provides better performance at higher temperatures and altitudes.
“We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.”
Ford tested the F-150 Power Stroke at Arizona’s Davis Dam, where it maintained consistent power output while climbing 13 miles at a 6% grade in temperatures greater than 100 degrees. Again, worth the wait.
Ford expects actual EPA estimates for the 3.0-liter Power Stroke to be put forth in the spring closer to launch. Dealerships are expected to open the order books on the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke later this month; it will be available for 4×2 and 4×4 models. Retail drivers can order the Power Stroke for the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims in SuperCrew or SuperCab—the former offered with a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed, and the latter with a 6.5-foot bed.