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New Ford F-150 diesel goes a long way to make heavy oil relevant

New Ford F-150 diesel goes a long way to make heavy oil relevant

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Let’s be honest, neither the US nor Canada has been a particular fan of diesel engines in anything but semis. It was dirty, noisy and not as easy to get hold of. That’s all changing with new generations of diesel engines being quieter and cleaner than ever before. If you’re still not convinced, Ford may be able to change your mind.

The new Ford F-150 diesel engine is going to be able to drive a long way on a tank. Specifically, it will achieve around 30 mpg or 7.8 L/100 kilometres on the highway depending on which measure you use. It will also get 22 mpg (10.7 L/100 km) in the city and 25 mpg (9.4 L/100 km) combined.

For something as big and heavy as a full size truck that’s pretty good. In fact, it is about as good as it gets right now! The Ford F-150 weighs a little over 2 tons unladen so being able to deliver such results is quite the achievement.

Burning the not-so dirty oil
The engine is a 3.0-litre Power Stroke V6 diesel that produces 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. It will use the existing 10 speed automatic transmission to send drive to the rear or all wheels. Full power will be available from a mere 1750 rpm and all that torque is going to make towing a breeze.

The engine has seen quite a few improvements to make it a viable contender. It features a new graphite engine block and forged steel crank, a variable geometry turbo, high pressure fuel injectors, dual fuel filters and a two stage oil pump. All this combines to deliver as efficient an engine as is possible right now.

The Ford F-150 is rated to tow up to 5,170 kg or 11,400 pounds or carry up to 880kg or 2020 pounds. That just got a whole lot easier with these torque figures.

The next best truck for fuel efficiency is the 2018 Ram 1500 diesel. As good as the Ram may be, it cannot match these fuel efficiency figures yet. The F-150 also beats it in the power stakes too with 10 more hp and 20 lb-ft more of torque.

The Ford F-150 has already proven itself one of the most capable and reliable trucks on the market. It also proved that materials other than steel can work in heavy duty situations. Now the truck is setting out its stall to prove diesel fuel is a viable and logical fuel to use in working trucks.

The Ford F-150 diesel will be arriving at Northway Ford Lincoln within the next couple of months. Drop by the dealership to learn more!

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