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Ford F-150 diesel aims for 30 mpg at EPA

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

Smaller though it may be, the F-150 Power Stroke diesel claims class-leading output and capacity: 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, 11,400 pounds of towing capability, and 2,020 pounds of payload. The company estimates the new version of the best-selling vehicle in the United States will get a fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon. Filipe notes that peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range - ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. (5,171-kg) towing capacity and a 2,020-lb.

At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Ford announced that it would offer a 3.0-liter V6 diesel in the 2018 F-150. A variable geometry turbocharger has been dropped in, which Ford says will cut turbo lag, while a common-rail fuel injection system helps with both performance and efficiency.

The diesel option will cost $2,400 more than a 3.5-liter EcoBoost, and $4,000 more than a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 when the order books open up in a few weeks.

Ford said it was confident its diesel engines would comply with emissions standards. Dual fuel filters are added for improved break-in, while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump offer reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency. It can also skip over gears as it changes, improving on responsiveness. A SelectGear 10-speed automatic gearbox allows for the diesel V6 to always be in the proper range for optimum torque.

Ford will begin taking orders for the diesel F150 later this month with the first units being delivered this spring.

In addition to being properly impressive, the Power Stroke can be optioned on 4x2 and 4x4 models in SuperCrew or SuperCab configurations, be it the 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed.

"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", says David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

To develop the light-duty diesel, Ford tapped the same team that engineered Ford's 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 for the F-Series Super Duty lineup.



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