The long-awaited and much-anticipated Ford F-150 Diesel has finally debuted, and now it’s time for everyone to scrutinize the truck.
First, the nuts and bolts. Ford is using an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke that’s supposed to get 30 mpg on the highway. Ford said the engine shares tech with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The block is made of compacted graphite iron, and it shares the same forged-steel crank as the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, which helps to shed weight.
The engine puts on tap a decent 250 horsepower, and a fairly impressive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. You can throw up to 2,020 pounds in the payload, or tow up to 11,400 pounds, which are solid figures. Supposedly turbo lag will be minimal, which is what everyone says, thanks to a variable-geometry turbo.
Because at least some people will buy the F-150 Diesel to tow and haul a bunch, Ford addressed cooling concerns. The truck has dual radiator shutters, plus a mechanical fan, instead of the electric setup competitors feature. That means power isn’t cut back when it’s especially hot or the truck’s running at high altitudes, something that’s an issue with electric fans.
Mated to this new engine is the 10-speed automatic transmission. It features calibration for this specific engine.
If you want to get your hands on one of these first, orders open in the middle of January. The first wave will arrive in the spring.