Even if Ford would produce the F-150 only, the Blue Oval Company still be among the top ten producers worldwide.
Having said that, the F-150 offers literally hundreds of combinations (at least) in terms of engine, body style, and equipment levels. Surprisingly, until very recently Ford did not offer a diesel engine.
Now, this is the sixth engine option in the model family of Ford’s best-selling vehicle. This engine has roots going back to several years ago: Ford developed a diesel engine for Land Rover and Range Rover when JLR was still part of the Ford Group.
Engine & Powertrain
This 3.0L V6 engine generates 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque at only 1600 rpm. The power is transmitted via a 10-speed transmission which is unique for this engine.
Also, note that you have to choose a higher trim level to get the diesel engine.
The diesel is available only with Lariat, King Ranch or Platinum.
Our test vehicle, Lariat 4WD had an MSRP of $81,249 including $1,800 of delivery. Our tester had some extras like the technology package.
Ford charges $7,500 extra for a diesel engine over the basic 2.7L Ecoboost gasoline engine.
We may say that Diesel means luxury for the F-150.
Sound isolation, which is important particularly for diesel engines is very good. You have to listen carefully to hear the engine noise and identify it as a diesel. And this was a pleasant surprise. Well, also something you expect and should get from a vehicle costing north of 80 Grand.
The torque is excellent and the turbo lag you feel a little bit from standstill until the first few meters. Then, the engine and the transmission work perfectly well. It has four driving modes: Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect and (surprisingly) Sport Mode.
After the one-week test drive in a mixed mode and almost no towing, we reached an average consumption of 12.6 liters.
The towing capacity is nearly 5 tonnes.
Also worth remembering that the all-aluminum body of the F-150 makes this truck very handy and you do not feel like moving a big, heavy vehicle. This was a risky undertaking for Ford, but it definitely paid off.
With a very wide model range like the F-150, it is not easy to choose the best model for you. You have to do your homework before visiting your dealer.
For business or personal use, selecting the diesel is an important step to configure your vehicle. Once you are familiar or “get-used-to” the torquey running of the diesel, you may not want to drive any other engine.
Article and photos by Varol McKars & Dan Gunay