Ford has finally introduced a diesel option for the F-150 in the US, which means that it now has an apple-to-apple rival to the Ram EcoDiesel. As such, there is going to be a new diesel rivalry among these two top-selling trucks.
The automaker did not disclose any specs on the new diesel option but it seems that some hints can be taken from the Range Rovers, seeing that Ford supplies both V8 and V6 diesel engines for the models.
Automotive News reveals that the optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 found in a couple of Land Rover SUVs is worth 254 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. It has an EPA rated 28 MPG, which is amazing, especially since it weighs 4,727 lbs.
The 3.0 diesel in the Range Rover models is paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Ford is attempting to take this level of efficiency higher by mating it to a 10-speed automatic.
Ford views that the additional gearing would enhance its fuel economy level by six percent. The diesel F-150’s new start-stop feature as well as the availability of a lighter rear-wheel-drive setup truck would aid in increasing the MPG.
It’s obvious that Ford is revving to take on Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, that makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and has an EPA rating of 29 MPG.
However, according to Automotive News, it looks like there would be an approximate $10,000 hike to the cost of the truck due to the emissions system utilized to keep the diesel motor compliant.