It makes absolute perfect sense to apply a high-performance turbodiesel into working trucks like Ford’s lifeblood F-150 series. With its huge weight-saving measures, as much as 850 pounds removed depending on model and trim compared to the previous generation while simultaneously heightening strength and overall rigidity, as a result of the liberal application of aluminum on the 13th generation F-series, the new powerplant is a very strong argument. However, after some calculations, the arithmetic and compromised convenience of regular fuel stations cast a somewhat grey cloud over the solution.
Diesel fuel is still not a common sight nor is it a standard in most states in North America. So, despite the benefits of monumentally more effortless torque and better fuel economy the math and utility make more sense if you are a business owner with a fleet of workhorse trucks. Ford’s new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel is the smoothest, most efficient, and quietest in its class especially when mated with the 10-speed automatic gearbox. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is still more powerful and faster but you pay for it with reduced range. But if effortless fuel efficiency is the primary goal with the ability to still carry up to 11,400 pounds of load, then the F-150 Power Stroke becomes more compelling. With the extra range achieved I am sure that buyers will quickly determine where the key diesel fuel stations are in their work areas.
The new Ford Power Stroke engine, which is assembled in Dagenham, England, is so good that until Land Rover fully applies its Ingenium engines throughout its model ranges that use the diesel solution it will continue to use a slightly more potent version of the same Ford Lion engine. The new engine block uses a compacted graphite-iron casting with new components that include a forged crankshaft and a variable-geometry turbocharger.
The F-150 has a polished ride for a huge pickup truck, and is remarkably smooth, well-equipped, behaved, and quiet. Though most of that was expected given our experience with multiple versions of the new F-series. I have to say though that even if I am impressed with the performance of the Power Stroke engine, it did not give me the wide-eyed surprise that I experienced with the new Ford twin-turbo 2.0-liter turbodiesel that I first tried in the Ranger Raptor in Darwin, Australia. It may not be as powerful that the Power Stroke but it has charisma and its own unique voice. The Power Stroke is a big deal in the US market though and at the moment it is the best oil-burner powerplant in its class.
|Cylinder Head||dohc 24V|
|Fuel Injector||Direct Injection Intercooled VGT Turbodiesel|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||250 bhp @ 3250 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||440 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm|
|Top Speed||160 km/h (100 mph) Governed|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||7.7 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||22 mpg City / 30 mpg Highway|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||US$ 58,880.00|
|What's Great||Potent and smooth powerplant, trim on equal footing with gasoline brethren, effortless and capacious.|
|What's Not So||Not easy to get good diesel fuel because of limited available locations, price makes more sense when used commercially.|
|C! Editors Rating||9/10|