Ford picks Britain to build diesel engines for best-selling USA pick-ups

2018 Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA

The new engine of 3.0 L power stroke Turbo diesel v6 is expected to offer 30 miles per gallon.

The diesel will be mated with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission, calibrated and geared for the new engine's massive low-end torque.

Here's what the sixth engine choice in the F-150 is all about: 250 ponies, 440 pound-feet, 11,400 pounds of maximum towing capacity, and 2,020 pounds of maximum payload capacity.

"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", declared Dave Filipe, vice president of global powertrain engineering at the Ford Motor Company. It also bestows the pick-up with a claimed best-in-class towing capacity (5,170 kg) and payload capacity (916 kg).




Although diesel's popularity with general carbuyers has rapidly declined over the past few years-just nine diesel-powered passenger cars are available so far in 2018, down from 22 in 2015-truck buyers have clamored for the engine option in light-duty trucks and are seemingly willing to pay for it. In contrast, the new Ford engine will hold a modest edge over its Ram 1500 V6 diesel rival, rated for 240 hp, 420 lb-ft, and a highway rating of 29 mpg.

Ford's announcement said its testing focused on heavy tows in extreme conditions. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the F-150's boxed, high-strength steel frame make for a more robust package. It'll be optional on the 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.

Fleet customers will be able to order the diesel engine on the less expensive XL and XLT SuperCab or SuperCrew cabs with 6.5- or 8.0-foot beds. In more moderate conditions, the engine control system uses a viscous coupler to back down the fan's load, and close the two shutters on the radiator for better aerodynamic efficiency, as well as reduced parasitic engine loss.

Ford will begin taking orders, including from commercial buyers, later this month, and begin delivering it in the spring.

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