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Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

WIth a new diesel under the hood, the 2018 F-150 diesel offers a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds, a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 30 miles per hour highway.

Ford expects the F-150 to get 30 miles per gallon on the highway with the new 3.0-liter V6 diesel and a 10-speed transmission.

The F-150, Ford's full-size truck made in Kansas City and elsewhere, is getting a diesel engine.

According to Ford, the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel model will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that will be offering about 250hp and 440lb ft of torque.

"The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you'll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump".

Although diesel's popularity with general carbuyers has rapidly declined over the past few years-just nine diesel-powered passenger cars are available so far in 2018, down from 22 in 2015-truck buyers have clamored for the engine option in light-duty trucks and are seemingly willing to pay for it.

The engine has been severely tested under the most demanding conditions to ensure it performs as required. It's the sixth engine choice for F-150 customers.

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The diesel engine costs $4,000 on the Lariat and Platinum versions of F-150, $3,000 on the King Ranch version.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

Fleet customers will be able to order the diesel engine on the less expensive XL and XLT SuperCab or SuperCrew cabs with 6.5- or 8.0-foot beds.

Ford says dealers will open order books for the diesel toward the middle of this month, but you may want to prepare for some price shock. In more moderate conditions, the engine control system uses a viscous coupler to back down the fan's load, and close the two shutters on the radiator for better aerodynamic efficiency, as well as reduced parasitic engine loss.

Ford said F-150 will have an advanced power-train lineup with a best in class torque.

That's the EPA highway figure Ford has targeted, which would match the midsize Chevy Colorado diesel's rating, but in a much larger and more powerful package.