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Ford picks Britain to build diesel engines for best-selling U.S. pick-ups

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Enlarge
Terence Owen | 10 January, 2018, 03:46

Ford reports that it is capable of 11,400 pounds of towing, a 2,020 payload, and making 250 horsepower and 440-pounds of torque.

Fuel economy for the diesel pickup has been estimated to be around 12.7 km/l, though Ford says the EPA has yet to fully confirm this estimate.

When it goes on sale in the spring, the diesel 2018 Ford F-150 will cost up to $4,000 more than a conventional gas-powered model.

The new engine shares technology with the larger Super Duty's existing 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel.

Ford detailed this week its 2018 F-150 Power Stroke diesel engine, the first time a diesel has been offered in the mega-selling pickup in its 70-year history, and the sixth engine configuration available to shoppers today.

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The newest F-Series diesel uses a mechanical cooling fan driven by the engine and dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature/high-altitude performance, a setup that Ford Diesel Engine Technical Specialist David Ives says isn't a performance drag under extreme load like an electric fan. It'll even be available in F-150s fitted with the off-road FX4 package, but a Raptor diesel is not in the offing.

Production of the non-petrol alternative will be increased with an aim that around five per cent of the F-150 range will be diesel.

The F-150, part of the F-series pickup truck line, which qualifies as the nation's best-selling vehicle, will get 30 miles per gallon on the highway while retaining the most powerful towing and hauling capabilities on the market. The diesel will be mated with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission, calibrated and geared for the new engine's massive low-end torque. The smaller, lighter engine offers a 5% better power-to-weight ratio compared to the 2014 steel-bodied F-150 and a combined fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg on the 4×2 version and 20 mpg on the 4×4.

Also for 2018, an all-new 3.3-liter EcoBoost V-6 enhances the engine lineup, which includes a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, the Raptor's High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V-8. The compacted graphite iron block and 16.1:1 compression ratio carry over, but the crankshaft, crank and rod bearings, fuel injection system, turbocharger, and exhaust crossover pipe all required re-engineering to withstand the more severe duty cycle this engine was expected to face in an F-150.

Ford said that 70 percent of its F-150 owners tow with their pickups, and they expect roughly 80 percent of diesel truck buyers will do the same. The final assembly for the truck is Ford's Dearborn truck plant.

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