The king of trucks cements its place at the top of the pack.
Since the debut of the current Ford F-150, this full-size truck has offered a wide range of engine options to cater to the needs of buyers. Well, things are about to get even better for as the 2018 Ford F-150 will add a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbo diesel, which Ford says will give this truck best-in-class towing, torque and fuel economy.
This engine also gives the F-150 a total of six engine options, which is yet another class-leading feature to boast.
First things first, this new engine features a compacted-graphite iron block and a forged-steel crank; both similar to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost gas engine. Output is rated at 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, and Ford expects this engine to return up to 30 mpg in highway driving, although final EPA ratings have not been released.
Furthermore, max towing capacity is rated at 11,400 pounds, and the payload capacity is 2,020 pounds. This engine will be mated to Ford’s 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
The only real apples-to-apples competitor is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel that puts out 240 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque, returns 27 mpg highway and has towing and payload capacities of 9,290 pounds and 1,640 pounds, respectively.
The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke goes on sale this spring, but it will only be offered in limited retail configurations. These include the higher-priced Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels, and only the SuperCrew and SuperCab body styles.
Fleet buyers are a little luckier as this engine can be equipped on any SuperCrew trucks with 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot cargo beds and SuperCab trucks with 6.5-foot cargo beds.
No word yet as to how much of a premium this engine will command.