Interested customers are already putting deposits down for Ford’s new diesel powered F-150, but until the pickups start appearing on showroom floors, the closest we’ll get to a production model is through video reviews like this one from Motor Trend.
Diesel engines are a hauler’s best friend and yet it has managed to escape Ford’s most popular pickup, the F-150 series, until now. Not really new to Ford as they already produce the Power Stroke for other brands like Jaguar and Land Rover. Now it’s the F-150’s turn, and fans will probably find the 3.0-liter Ford Power Stroke V6 diesel engine worth the wait. Producing 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque that peaks at just 1,750 rpm, this pickup is ideal for those who tow and haul quite frequently.
Claimed to deliver the best-in-class diesel towing and payload ratings, it has 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity. Surprising numbers if you take its EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway into consideration. Perhaps contributing to the F-150 diesel’s superb fuel economy numbers is the standard 10-speed automatic transmission, which was designed to efficiently use every drop of fuel. That’s a 20% improvement on the F-150’s most efficient outgoing powertrain!
Deliveries won’t begin until this spring, so we’ll have to wait for guys like Eren Cole to get behind the wheel and let us know how the new Ford F-150 Diesel performs.