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Ford Drops First-Ever F-150 Diesel – Targets 30 MPG & Class-Leading Towing - Video, Images, Specs, Timing

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John Goreham

Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

1-8-2018

 

Ford announced a sixth engine option for the F-150 line this week. The new engine is a 3.0-liter, V6 “Power Stroke” turbo diesel. The new engine will produce its peak torque of 440 ft-lbs at 1,750 RPM. To make the most of that twist, Ford has mated it to a diesel-specific SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission which can shift non-sequentially. In other words, it can skip over gears to find the right one for the circumstances. Ford’s aim is to produce the best towing combination in the F-150’s class in terms of efficiency and drivability.

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“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.”

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The new 3-liter Power Stroke diesel has just 250 hp, but will be able to tow up to 11,400 pounds and has a 2,020-pound payload capacity. Ford says this combination makes the new F-150 the best-in-class hauler. Going further, Ford says that this new drivetrain will be the best hauler in the most severe conditions. Rather than an electric cooling fan, Ford has opted for a premium mechanical engine-driven fan plus dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance. “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 says that in moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system will back off the fan load through a viscous coupler and close the radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss.

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Ford’s extensive experience with boosted engines shows in the new engine’s design. With a focus on reducing turbo lag, Ford incorporated a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. Fuel injection is via a common-rail fuel injection system with a 29,000 pounds per square inch injection calibration. Ford promises smoother, quieter operation and reduced emissions. Borrowing from the new 2.7-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in its trucks, the new Ford V6 diesel uses a compacted-graphite iron block material and has a forged-steel crank. Other features of the new engine include dual fuel filters, a cast-aluminum oil pan, and a two-stage oil pump.

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Ford says the new 3-liter turbodiesel F-150 can be ordered in either rear-wheel drive or 4X4 in the following configurations starting this month:

Retail customers:

-          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.

Commercial Fleet Customers:

-          All F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed.

 

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Expected, only problem is everybody already knew they would use this "LION" or whatever it is...doubt they hit 30mpg!

 

Anyway, General being the General is what will grab the headlines....ALL NEW DIESEL for 1500's and it will have a TIMING CHAIN folks because the 2.8L can get away with a BELT but if your looking to stick a Diesel in a 1/2 tons it surely has to be more impressive than FERD's 3.0!  Not even impressed FERD sorry what is this 8-9qty different engines for your truck?  Sorry, you will have to build a truck to sway me from the GENERAL.................

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Never could understand why people seem to take these announcements with so much emotion. These are just inanimate objects.  

The article says it is the 6th engine choice, don't know where you got "8 or 9" from.  If GM adds a diesel to their 1500 line up, it will be at least the 5th engine won't it?  Be very interested to read the post announcing your newly acquired diesel 1500 series GM truck(with the same 10 speed transmission) .  

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Awesome announcement if we can call it that since we all knew it was coming already lol. Will be interesting to hear how this new 3.0 Power Stroke turns out.

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1 hour ago, Doug_Scott said:

Never could understand why people seem to take these announcements with so much emotion. These are just inanimate objects.  

The article says it is the 6th engine choice, don't know where you got "8 or 9" from.  If GM adds a diesel to their 1500 line up, it will be at least the 5th engine won't it?  Be very interested to read the post announcing your newly acquired diesel 1500 series GM truck(with the same 10 speed transmission) .  

 

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It looks okay, I guess we'll have to see what people's reviews on them are like.

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Change my mind, on Forum that I want to put this on.

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They almost had me. Right up to the 'wont be available in a RCSB' crap. Close but no cigar.  

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Author of this article has neglected to read about all the problems owners of trucks with the 10-speed transmissions are experiencing. One of the big benefits to having a Duramax diesel powered truck is that it comes with an Allison transmission.

 

I was planning to buy a new 1/2 ton pickup this month but after reading about the problems with the 10-speed transmissions used by GM and Ford and the lack of response by the two manufacturers and the poor support from dealers who have told people to take their problems elsewhere, I have decided to stick with my 2011 2500HD for the foreseeable future.

 

The manufacturers gain with their CAFE numbers with these transmissions and with diesel engines but the customers pay the higher costs incurred over the life of the vehicle. For my part there is a point of diminishing returns in terms of fuel economy from a truck. I have a 16 MPG truck but half the time I am driving a 45 MPG Prius. The truck is for heavy hauling and heavy towing and picking up large items that will not fit in the Prius. The rest of the time it is parked.

 

Read about the guys who insist on deleting all the emissions controls and DPF and DEF tank on their diesel trucks and buying a tuner and spending $1500 or more in the process. It will provide some perspective on the value of diesel over gas.

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3 hours ago, Doug_Scott said:

Never could understand why people seem to take these announcements with so much emotion. These are just inanimate objects.  

The article says it is the 6th engine choice, don't know where you got "8 or 9" from.  If GM adds a diesel to their 1500 line up, it will be at least the 5th engine won't it?  Be very interested to read the post announcing your newly acquired diesel 1500 series GM truck(with the same 10 speed transmission) .  

90%+ plus buy 1/2 or 3/4 ton for TRUCKS which would be F-250 so I think with F-150 and F-250 engine choices TODAY and next YEAR there will be 8 & 9...........I mean FERD offers the most choices?  Ridiculous, the best auto engineers  in North America reside within GM....You bet I have emotion in it!  We have consistently smashed FERD like a pancake with powertrains over the last 70+ years thanks to my family and friends who take great pride in ALWAYS having simpler, more robust and efficient powertrains you can count on ONE hand vs FERD's nonsense!  Sorry, we make it look easy!

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Hopefully this means gm will put a smaller diesel in a 1500 Denali. I liked my 15 denali with the 6.2 8speed but would consider a diesel. I hated how the 2500 Denali rides

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Well with Ram and now Ford in the diesel half ton game it would be likely for GM to follow suit . Bad side I hear the Ram eco-diesel has many issues to keep it running .

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Interesting note that was not included above.

 

There is NO EXHAUST BRAKE on this new 3.0.  They've opted to rely on the transmission, tow/haul and drivetrain braking alone to help slow the truck down.  Uh...my Colorado Diesel has an exhaust brake.  Sad excuse for Ford.  And the mechanical fan isn't anything new.  All the HD diesel run them, and again, even my little Colorado Diesel has one.   

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I have to agree with earlier post on GM engines. The 6.0 is bad ass. The other GM small blocks were, the jury still out on the V4- V8 thing. Are they still 300K mile engines with little maintenance we’ll see.


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I wonder how much the diesel option will cost on a half ton. The big 3, 1/2 tons are already way overpriced.

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I, for one, welcome all the half ton trucks with diesel engines.  

 

I know that 350 diesel in the 80's had issues, but I think small diesel engines are a great idea.  

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