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Examining the 2018 Ford F150 Diesel Engine Possibilities

Ford announced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show that the 2018 F150 will get a new PowerStroke 3.0L diesel V6, but the automaker didn’t offer any details on that new engine, so today we look at the possible engine details for the first diesel-powered half ton F-Series pickup.

Ford Motor Company rolled out their refreshed 2018 F150 at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and while the new look of the half ton F-Series pickup was the main attraction for most attendees, the bigger news with the 2018 F150 is the arrival of the long-awaited diesel engine option. After spending the past few years (if not longer) speculating on the future of a diesel F150, Ford offered only the most basic details on their newest half ton engine, leading to more speculation – like the piece that you are reading right now.

What we know is that the 2018 Ford F150 will have an “all-new 3.0-liter PowerStroke diesel engine, designed, engineered and tested in-house and paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission”. We don’t get any further specifications, so we have no idea how much horsepower or torque this engine will offer, but do two things:

1. The 2018 Ford F150 diesel will be marketed to compete with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, so the Motor Company will likely work to make their small diesel engine more powerful and more fuel efficient than the Ram diesel.

2. Ford Motor Company designed the 3.0L diesel V6 at use in the current Land Rover portfolio, so while the diesel engine in the 2018 F150 is said to be all-new, we know what Ford has been capable of in the past when designing small diesel engines.

2018 F150 Diesel –vs – Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
The most fuel efficient half ton truck sold in America right now is the Ram 1500 powered by the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. That engine provides the Ram 1500 with 240 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque while achieving 21mpg around town and 29mpg on the highway (rear wheel drive models only), so those are all figures which the Ford will plan to beat with their 2018 F150 diesel.

Basically, we can bet that the benchmark for the Ford trucks engineering team when building the 2018 diesel-powered F150 are 240 horsepower, 420lb-ft of torque, 21mpg city and 29mpg highway. Fortunately for Ford and prospective buyers, the Motor Company should be able to achieve these numbers with their all-new 3.0L PowerStroke diesel V6. I believe this because the company already builds an engine for the US market with more horsepower and torque for the current Ranger Rover.

Ford’s Current 3.0L Diesel V6
Ford Motor Company has never offered an engine like this in the F150, but the automaker already builds a 3.0L turbo diesel for the current Range Rover. That engine is part of a partnership between Ford, Peugeot, Jaguar and Land Rover, so some variation of a small Ford V6 diesel is offered in a collection of vehicles from those brands in a collection of global markets.

In the US, Land Rover uses a 3.0L diesel in the Range Rover which delivers 254 horsepower and 443lb-ft of torque, so even if Ford transplanted that engine into the 2018 F150, they would already have a power advantage over Ram.

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It's a shame that we will now get a third, great little, thrifty diesel engine designed for pickup trucks that are best suited for the lower trim levels and configurations and utility versions of that truck with great mpg for money-conscious, energy conscious consumers; but like the other two great, little diesel engines on the market; Ford will also greatly limit consumer access to this great little engine and instead plant them only in the higher-trimmed, larger configured, higher utility level versions of those trucks north of $40K and market them as heavy haulers and towers when they are not. And so the versions of the F150s that will be best suited for a modestly-powered but thrifty diesel, will not even have the possibility of having that engine under the hood. The engine will instead be in the larger, heavier and more expensive versions of the truck where it doesn't belong.

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