The First Diesel F-150 Ever

January 10th, 2018 by

The first diesel F-150

The First Diesel F-150

Later this year, Ford will introduce the first diesel F-150. It’s taking a dominant truck and adding improved fuel economy and unmatched torque. Regardless, some buyers might still be scared to go with diesel.

Diesel

Before we get to the diesel F-150, we should clear up some misconceptions about the environmental impact of diesel engines. Thanks to the unethical business practices of Volkswagen and (to a lesser extent) RAM, diesel has a bad reputation. The former intentionally equipped its vehicles with software that limited the release of harmful pollutants during emissions tests to trick regulators, but then increased the level of pollutants during regular driving.

One positive consequence of the scandal is that Volkswagen has been forced to invest billions of dollars in electric vehicle technology. One negative consequence is that the average consumer has conflated the idea of diesel engines with the idea of harmful emissions.

Dirty Diesel?

In reality, gasoline engines and diesel engines both harm the environment. As you can see in the table below, gasoline engines release far more carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, but diesel engines release more nitrogen oxides and particulates. None of this is great for the environment. But neither type of engine is drastically “dirtier” than the other.

Engines Carbon monoxide Hydro – carbons Oxides of nitrogen Particulate matter Carbon dioxide
Gasoline (catalyst) 42 19 23 100
Diesel (no catalyst) 2 3 31 100 85

Diesel Advantages

First off, diesel engines are much more efficient. They typically deliver 25%-30% better fuel economy than their gas counterparts, saving you a significant amount of money. Secondly, Diesel engines also burn at lower temperatures and are built more ruggedly. Consequently, they tend to last much longer.

Finally, the most important performance advantage of diesel engines is the increased torque. Gasoline engines don’t even come close. The extra torque leads to superior towing and trailering power. Ford intends to capitalise on each of these advantages when it begins selling the first diesel F-150 this spring.

2018 F-150 Diesel

3.0-liter V-6 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Impressively, the high torque will allow the diesel F-150 to tow up to 11,400 pounds and to haul a maximum payload of 2020 pounds. Those impressive figures come balanced with incredible fuel economy. With the help of the advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford is hoping to hit a target of 7.8L/100km on the highway. For comparison, that’s better fuel economy than some mid and full-size and sedans. But it’s not just about performance.

With a number of intelligent features, you can work smarter in the diesel F-150 instead of harder. Class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes navigating with a large trailer easy.  Meanwhile, available Blind Spot Information with Trailer Coverage and 360-degree camera ensure that you can drive, maneuver, and navigate with confidence.

Are you excited for the new diesel F-150? Let us know in the comments.