Ford Debuts Details on Diesel F-150 Pickup

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"For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of", said Ford's powertrain chief Dave Filipe.

The company has announced that it will begin to take orders for the new Ford f-150 in mid-January, with delivers expected to begin in the Spring of 2018. That makes sure the F-150 makes the most of its low-rpm torque, for instance.

Developed in-house, the new diesel is a 3.0-liter V6, under the same Ford Power Stroke brand name, and engineering team as the potent 6.7-liter V8 available in F-Series Heavy Duty trucks. Payload capacity is also claimed to be best-in-class at 2,020 pounds. The same compacted-graphite iron block material and forged steel crank as used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost has been carried over to the V6 diesel, too.

Peak torque on the new Power Stroke diesel comes at only 1,750 rpm, and continues throughout the rpm range for ideal towing or hauling for extended periods of time. Dual fuel filters improve break-in while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump reduce parasitic loss and improve fuel efficiency.

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Ford tested the new F-150 diesel along the Davis Dam in Arizona, finding that even with an ambient temperature in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the truck could climb 13 miles at a 6-percent grade with a consistent level of power output.

"We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions", David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist, said in the announcement. The turbochargers are variable-geometry units, meant to keep turbo lag to a minimum, and cooling is aided by a good old mechanical, engine-driven fan for high-temp, high-altitude performance.

Ford dealers will begin taking orders for F-150s with the 3.0L diesel in about a week, with deliveries slated to begin this spring. Ford will show the vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month.