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2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel pickup first drive review

First Drive

America's best-selling pickup gets a new diesel engine

In 2014, FCA finally offered a diesel engine in a light-duty truck. The resulting Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was a success, offering V6 fuel economy with V8 capabilities. Other automakers immediately took notice. When the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 was introduced early in 2017, a Power Stroke diesel variant was announced. Finally, after more than a year of anticipation, we're at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains to drive Ford's new oil burner.

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As expected, that's the current class leader

It's been more than a year since the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. While we've driven the gasoline-powered variants, news on the upcoming diesel model has been scarce. We know the truck's 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 will make 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, but the all-important fuel economy figures weren't revealed until today. The new engine will net the big truck 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city with a combined rating of 25 mpg.

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Ford’s iconic pickup, the F-150, is getting a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine. The engine will give the F-150 a power output of 250 horsepower with 440 pound-feet of torque. The truck will get an expected 30 miles per-gallon. For more coverage of the NAIAS 2018 head over to https://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/

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We take a quick look at the numbers on these two torquey trucks.

They're remarkably close.

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A frugal and torquey Ford.

According to Ford, the diesel F-150 will have a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a tow rating of 11,400 pounds.

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There's no denying this truck has a diesel engine.

The new truck will be powered by a 3.0-liter Jaguar Land Rover V6 diesel.

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With a prominent "3.0" listed on the emissions calibration sticker, we now know that Ford's long-awaited diesel F-150 will use a 3.0-liter engine.

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The spy photographers nabbed a Ford F-150 prototype with a clattery diesel engine. We expect it to debut soon to battle Ram's 1500 EcoDiesel.

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Ford has been spotted testing an F-150 pickup with a diesel engine tipped to be sourced from Jaguar Land Rover and ready to challenge the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Cummins-powered Nissan Titan, and even the oil-burning Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.