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January 08, 2018   |   USA Today


Ford to make diesel engine for F-150 pickup truck

Ford is debuting a diesel engine for the F-150 pickup truck for the first time. The F-150, part of the F-series pickup truck line, which qualifies as the nation's best-selling vehicle, will get 30 miles per gallon on the highway while retaining the most powerful towing and hauling capabilities on the market.

A high mileage rating is a “Holy Grail for the truck customer,” because die-hard customers are towing heavy loads all the time and want to save money at the pump.

The Ford powertrain team responsible for the 6.7-liter engine in F-series Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered the all-new 3-liter, 6-cylinder diesel to the specific needs of North America. It is an F-150-specific derivative of the diesel engine built at a Ford plant in the United Kingdom, and inserted into a military-grade aluminum-alloy body at F-series plants stateside.

“We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have had to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

F-series trucks are credited with driving a significant portion of Ford's profits; F-series sales increased 9%, with 896,764 trucks sold in 2017.

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