The 2018 Ford F-150’s Outstanding Performance – and Now There’s a Diesel
Performance of the 2018 Ford F-150
Renowned for its superior capabilities, the F-150 is the epitome of excellence. The F-150 has the following engines options: 3.3-liter V6 (265 lb-ft), 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 (400 lb-ft), Power Stroke diesel 3.0-liter (440 lb-ft), twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 (470 lb-ft), and 5.0 liter V-8 (400 lb-ft). All engines apart from standard V6 feature a state of the art 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford re-imagined each of the engines for the 2018 F-150 except for the top-tier twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 which retains the same advanced engineering. Auto stop-start technology is included with all powertrains. Along with the base engine, the newly-designed twin-turn 2.7-liter V-6 offers state of the art engineering and a power boost of 25 lb-ft of extra torque, totaling 400 lb-ft. The larger 5.0 V8 performs just below the top-tier V6 but has been completely re-engineered to perform and operate with greater efficiency.
Ride, Handling, and Steering
It goes without saying that the F-150 offers the highest level of acceleration, road holding, and braking, outperforming others models in its class. However, the respect-earning mark of excellent is the harmonious blend of performance with an enjoyable ride, reactive power, and awe-inducing engine note. No competitor can come close to attaining this level of sophistication.
Despite its imposing profile, the F-150 is extremely user-friendly allowing for easy navigation in congested Kansas City traffic and in heavy traffic on the highway. The F-150 has an unmatched grace in its handling allowing the drive easy and complete control of the vehicle on winding sections of road. Do not let the ease and grace of its performance mask the F-150’s capabilities as a powerful and effective work truck.
The F-150’s masterfully engineered suspension is another feature that puts competitors to shame. The ride is uniformly smooth over both even and rugged terrains and surfaces. The suspension remains flat during cornering. Despite the F-150’s tall center of gravity, there is reduced body motion. Drivers will still know they are driving a very capable and power truck despite the electrically assisted steering. The F-150 is far from a dainty sports car, but these added features only add to its performance and safety.
In instrumented testing against the competition’s largest V8 engines, the twin-turbo 3.5 liter V-6 with all-wheel drive performed amongst the best in all categories. The V-8 F-150’s 50 to 70 time performed equal to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost’s time. The EcoBoost, only barely performing behind the fasted V8, still is capable of serious acceleration. The responsiveness is attributed in part to the 10-speed transmission which constantly ensures the truck is driving in the optimal gear providing outstanding performance.
The F-150 is far superior to all other competitors with regards to its braking. It features a firm and responsive brake pedal. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 which is equipped with all-wheel drive out-performed it competitors in testing. The F-150 needed only 175 feet to come to a stop from 70 mph. This excellent and responsive braking can make the difference between a safe emergency stop and a devastating accident with the vehicle in front.
The Ford F-150 Diesel is Coming
After its initial announcement during the 2017 Detroit auto show, information regarding Ford’s new F-150 diesel engine was less than scarce. For whatever reasons, Ford took its time revealing the nitty-gritty on one of its most anticipated new engine designs. But with the F-150 diesel set to arrive at a Ford dealership near year this spring, the company has released the floodgates, and it’s possible that the diesel-engine Ford F-150 will be one of the biggest sellers for the manufacturer ever.
Worth the Wait
According to the automaker, the diesel F-150 will offer a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a tow rating of 11,400 pounds. With the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, peak power comes at 3,250 rpm. On the other hand, peak torque kicks in much sooner at 1,750 rpm. We’re still waiting for Ford to release the official fuel economy for this beast. We do know that 30 miles per gallon is Ford’s target for highways. The new Ford diesel gets aluminum-alloy pistons, a forged steel crankshaft, graphite-iron block, and a second fuel filter.
The engine uses a urea-injection system. Urea injection into the exhaust systems of diesel engines is a method of pollution reduction. The pollutants removed by these systems are nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide. Thanks to this system, the F-150 engine meets emissions standards for all 50 states.
Weighing in at over 600 pounds (unofficially), the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter engine is some 150 lbs. heavier than the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
Despite having a similar output to the 3.0-liter diesel and 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque commonly available in Jaguar Land Rovers, the new Ford F-150 has significant modifications. These range from a new fuel injection system, oil pan, connecting rod and main bearings, variable-geometry turbocharger, to a forged crankshaft.
Boost in the F-150 is handled by a variable-geometry turbocharger, the fuel supply is under the control of a common-rail direct injection running up to 29,000 pounds per square inch, and dual fuel filters are in charge of keeping the supply clean.
If what Ford claims about service intervals is true, customers should be more than pleased with the new engine. The automaker anticipates the timing belt to last 150,000 miles. In addition, the 5.4-gallon exhaust after-treatment fluid supply is expected to hold up for 10,000 miles per fill, so you won’t need to come into a Ford service center in Leavenworth, Kansas City so often.
The Ford F-150 engine also features a unique addition in the form of a standard mechanical cooling fan. Ford’s engineers chose a mechanical cooling fan due to an issue with the electric fan not being able to move enough air with the truck’s standard 12-volt system when loads are high. The lack of an exhaust brake is due to the fact that engine braking in “tow/haul” mode renders it unnecessary, according to the automaker. Customers can look forward to the engine being available in both the 4×2 and 4×4 variations of Ford’s the 2018 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew F-150s.
With Ford’s reinvigorated focus on the F-150’s diesel engine, the new mark to watch will be 30-miles per gallon. The company is looking to hit that number in the EPA highway cycle with a host of features. A 10-speed automatic transmission and auto stop/start will be standard and focused on efficiency. In order to move as much air as possible, a mechanical, engine-driven fan with viscous coupling has been added to the vehicle with a sensor that slows down the fan when it’s not under load so as to improve overall efficiency.
The return on investment is difficult to estimate with the diesel engine. Ford estimates that the cost of the diesel upcharge will be $4,000 over the cost of a 2.7-liter EcoBoost, $2,400 more than a 3.5-liter EcoBoost and $3,000 more than V8 – although all of these figures might change when official pricing is announced.
Those buyers who frequently tow will see a faster return on their investment because diesel engines don’t tend to lose as much efficiency as a gas engine with a tow load. In terms of pure power, Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 trumps the diesel engine, clocking in at 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That being said, it is likely to be much less fuel efficient than the diesel engine when towing.
Europeans have long driven diesel vehicles for their fuel economy and generally longer-lasting engines. More than half of the vehicles sold in the UK are diesel and the rest of Europe love it even more. Diesel makes sense for the American roads too, with a lot of relaxed muscle at low rpms, fewer fill-ups and better fuel economy. The issue to date has been the scarcity of diesel pumps in the U.S., which can lead to higher prices. Certainly, there can be a great difference in the price for diesel fuel based on how many pumps are in the local area. Remember, however, than diesel returns around 30% better mileage than gas, so the diesel 2018 Ford F-150 for sale in Kansas City may be the right choice.
The automaker is expected to start taking orders for the new engine this month (January). Deliveries are expected in spring 2018. While private pickup owners will have the choice of a Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trim, Ford is saving the V6 on XL and XLT trims for fleet buyers. According to the company’s representatives, the higher-trim levels are aimed at those who tow a lot and spend a lot of time in their vehicle.
The 2018 F-150 is expected to start at about $28,000. Limited models are anticipated to exceed $60,000. Customers should keep in mind that a few thousand may be tacked on to the sticker price for comparably equipped gasoline F-150s.
At the time of this publication, official pricing was yet to be announced by the automaker.