Over the decades; the Ford F-150 has had updates, design changes, and the record for best-selling US vehicle for the last 41 years.
Retail customers will be able to order the Power Stroke F-150 diesel on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels on SuperCrew cabs with 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds or on Lariat SuperCabs with a 6.5- or 8.0-foot bed, including 4x4 and 4x2 versions. That makes sure the F-150 makes the most of its low-rpm torque, for instance.
In 2014, Ford approved development of a hybrid F-150, which analysts assume will come to market regardless of any Trump Administration efforts to roll back current fuel-economy targets.
Part of that comes from the F-150's aluminum-alloy body introduced in 2015, which lightened the truck by 700 lbs. and allowed engineers to reinvest that weight in technologies to bolster towing and payload capability. Design highlights include a graphite-iron block, forged steel crankshaft (shared with Ford's turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost gasoline V6), a two-stage oil pump, a variable geometry turbocharger, and a common rail injection system pressurized to 29,000 pounds per square inch.
The efficiency of the Power Stroke is furthered by a flat-ish torque curve that unleashes peak potential at 1,750 rpm.
Specific to the diesel engine, a 5.4-gallon DEF tank has been added which Ford says should last 10,000 miles before refilling.
One thing it's never had is a diesel engine, until now. The transmission can non-sequentially select gear ratio based on need, the company noted, and standard auto start-stop functionality boosts fuel efficiency and reduces emissions.
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.
The truck also uses a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters to improve performance when temperatures run high at altitude.
This spring, Ford is giving F-150 fans the diesel they've been asking for.