Ford Announces Official Ratings for 2018 F-150 With Power Stroke Diesel
Expect Best-In-Class Diesel Power, Torque, Towing, and Payload
After almost a full year of waiting, we’ve learned some of the specs behind the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke ahead of its official debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. Getting right to it, Ford claims the new 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 will produce a best-in-class 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The Power Stroke will come mated exclusively to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, a gearbox we really enjoy when mated to the F-150’s other engine options.
In addition to the Power Stroke’s segment-beating engine output, the F-150 oil burner also gets a whole lot of capability. The F-150 diesel offers a maximum payload of 2,020 pounds and a properly equipped towing capacity of 11,400 pounds. Those numbers handily beat the only other vehicle in the 1/2-ton diesel segment, the 240hp, 420–lb-ft, eight-speed automatic Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
That truck offers a maximum payload of 1,600 pounds and a towing capacity of 9,210 pounds. However, unlike the Ford, the EcoDiesel engine is available under any trim level or body variant of the Ram 1500. For retail customers, Ford will limit the Power Stroke engine option to Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels; furthermore, it will only be available on the SuperCab with the 6.5-foot bed or the SuperCrew with either the 5.5- or the 6.5-foot bed. (Fleet buyers, fear not: You’ll be able to order the Power Stroke in any trim level offered on those body variants.) As on the EcoDiesel, Ford will offer the engine with either two- or four-wheel drive.
While many opt for diesels by virtue of their stout torque—the F-150 Power Stroke is no exception, with peak twist available at 1,750 rpm—many diesel buyers are seeking fuel economy. While official EPA numbers are still to be determined, Ford estimates their little oil burner will hit up to 30 mpg on the highway, ahead of the most efficient Ram EcoDiesel by one tick. The 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 shares some DNA with the diesel engine found in the U.S.-market Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery. In those vehicles, the engine is capable of hitting 22 city/29 highway mpg as rated by the EPA, so we suspect the F-150 will hit around 21 or 22 city mpg. A presumably massive DEF tank offers 10,000 miles of total range, as evidenced by the dashboard gauge pictured above.
Ford builds the light-duty Power Stroke from a compacted graphite iron block, like the company’s 2.7L EcoBoost gasoline V-6. The Power Stroke also gets a forged-steel crankshaft, variable-geometry turbocharger, and common-rail fuel injection. These measures help ensure durability and responsiveness, while a two-stage oil pump helps improve engine efficiency. Active grille shutters, adaptive engine cooling, and an automatic engine idle stop further the Power Stroke’s fuel economy mission.
Deliveries of the F-150 Power Stroke will start in the spring, with official fuel economy numbers coming at about the same time. There’s no word on pricing, but we expect it to be announced once the order books open later this month. What's more, the market for 1/2-ton diesel trucks might expand this time next year, if the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra get their long-rumored oil-burning engines.