New Ford F-150 diesel promises 440 lb-ft torque, 30 mpg highway

The Power Stroke comes to the F-150 in a big way.

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It's been a not-so-secret secret that Ford's been angling to shove a diesel engine into the latest generation of F-150 pickup. Well, now it's here, and it's pretty freaking promising.

The Ford F-150, which was recently refreshed for the 2018 model year, can now be had with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6, which shares some of its tech with the 6.7-liter big-boy Power Stroke V8.

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440 pound-feet of torque isn't exactly on the low end.


It'll pack 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque and come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission when it hits dealers this spring. Peak torque arrives nice and low in the rev range -- 1,750 rpm, to be precise. All that torque allows owners to tow up to 11,400 pounds, which Ford claims is the best figure in the segment. Payload rating is a solid 2,020 pounds.

Diesels can also be efficient, and the F-150's diesel V6 definitely is. The automaker is aiming for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway.

Don't expect this engine to be tucked away in a single trim, either. You can slap the 3.0-liter diesel V6 into both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, SuperCar and SuperCrew cab configurations with 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot beds. It's just one more reason for you to get excited for spring, provided the winter weather hasn't filled you with enough anticipation.

Don't sweat the truck stuff in the 2018 Ford F-150

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