First Look: 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel

Fans of the Ford F-150 waiting for a diesel engine won’t have to wait much longer. That’s because the first-ever Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel will be on its way to dealers this month. Its arrival heralds quite a list of best-in-class achievements including Ford claims of an estimated 30 mpg highway fuel economy and 11,200 towing capacity. It comes with 250-horsepower but the more attention-grabbing power figure is the 440 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Media Drive

In honor of its forthcoming arrival, Ford hauled out its half-ton F-150 Power Stroke lineup at a recent media event on a stormy day in Dallas.  Not to be deterred by mother nature, I took a turn around the wheel on the rain-slicked streets in a truck that’s so quiet on the inside you’d never know it was a diesel.  (This particular media drive wasn’t set up to test towing and payload capability.) In terms of ride, the Ford F-150 Power Stroke is smooth and comfortable, be it in the driver or passenger seat.

Diesel engine supervisor Ken Pumford, who’s played a role in the new engine from day one, says Ford built the F-150 Power Stroke in response to customer demand.

“We’ve been asked for many years when we are going to have a diesel in the F-150, ” Ken Pumford, Ford Diesel Design Supervisor said. “And I’m glad to say we finally do.”

Check out more of our one-on-one interview below.

3.0-Liter V-6 Diesel Engine

To start at the beginning, the 3.0-liter V-6 Turbodiesel engine has roots that go back over a decade. It’s referred to as “Lion” and is actually a derivative of one Ford currently makes for Jaguar Land Rover.

“While we sell it to that company,” Pumford said, “It was originally designed by a Ford team. I was part of that Ford team in Europe years ago.”

The new V-6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. The result is added strength and durability along with reduced weight. Plus, it also shares commercial-grade technology with F-Series Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke.  Starting with that strong pedigree,  engineers then specifically adapted the diesel for the F-150 through extensive testing and paired it to Ford’s new 10-speed transmission.

By the Numbers

  • Horsepower: 250-horsepower at 3250 rpm
  • Torque: 440 lb-ft of torque, peak torque at 1,750 rpm
  • Towing: Best-in-class diesel towing of 11,400 pounds
  • Payload: Best-in-class diesel payload – 2,020 pounds for XL and XLT fleet applications, 1,940 pounds for retail applications
  • Fuel Economy: Best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 30 mpg highway/22 mpg city/25 mpg combined. (30 mpg applies to two-wheel drive.)

“My favorite thing about the truck is the blend that it gives of fuel economy and towing capability. I mean that is really what we are targeting, is fantastic fuel economy while towing and I think we’ve achieved that,” Pumford said.

For comparison the 2018  Ram 1500 EcoDiesel makes 27 mpg and 9,290 maximum towing. (No EcoDiesel for the redesigned 2019 at this time, but there will be one down the road.) Also looking ahead, Chevrolet is also putting a new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel under the hood of the 2019 Silverado 1500.

2018 F-150 Overview

The F-150’s roomy interiors are freshened up for 2018, and the Platinum trim, with a new Dark Marsala interior, was quite comfy with cushy massage seats.  The luxurious King Ranch edition impressed with its new “Kingsville” interior.

Inside, the tachometer features a fantastic 8-inch LCD driver productivity screen. I’m also a fan of the all-new B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by Harman. Exterior wise, the 2018 F-150 features new grilles, bumpers, lighting, tailgate outer, appliqués, and wheels.  A tailgate step with step assist is also a neat feature.

Availability and Pricing

For the everyday customer, the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available on the higher end Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims, in both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. (For fleet customers, the Power Stroke diesel engine will be available on 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.)

You’ll pay $3,000 to $4,000 for the diesel over the base engines in the top trims mentioned above.

The Power Stroke diesel begins shipping to dealers this month.

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  1. Gary 2 weeks ago

    Ford is pricing the F150 diesel high by requiring the higher trim levels.. that leave me out.. Diesels are workhorses.. not cowboy Cadillacs.. I hope eventually Ford will get this correct and let us XLT buyers opt for the 3 liter diesel…

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