Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel was untouchable so far, but not anymore. The half-ton oil-burner will have to step aside and salute to the new captain of the segment because the 2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke is the new ruler of the class without any doubt. The new half-ton diesel truck delivers more power and torque, as well as significantly better capabilities, plus it’s spending less fuel to do that.
Powertrain and Capabilities
Truth to be told, the 3.0-liter Turbodiesel engine isn’t completely Ford’s business, but that’s not too important. Blue Oval has borrowed Jaguar Land Rover’s Lion mill and made some important modifications. This way, the F150 diesel has got 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, which are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The workhorse will be able to tow up to 11,400 pounds. That is significantly better from Ram’s 9,210 lbs. In addition, Power Stroke’s payload capacity is reportedly 2,020 pounds, while the biggest rival stops at 1,600.
According to Ford, the 2018 F150 Power Stroke will feature a class-leading fuel economy result. They didn’t reveal the exact MPG numbers, but they’ve mentioned that the pickup truck targets 30 mpg/highway, which is significantly better from Ram’s 27 mpg. The new engine isn’t the only factor that makes the pickup truck better from all rivals. No, Ford’s half-ton is significantly lighter than the rivals and uses the ultra-efficient gearbox. Plus, the carmaker has decided to add standard start/stop system in order to boost fuel economy.
New Features and Styling
The 2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke isn’t an all-new pickup truck of course. No, the vehicle is essentially the same as the rest of the F150 lineup. Though the workhorse has received a mid-cycle update for this year, which is great because the carmaker introduced a few new features and refreshed exterior design. The new face sports a redesigned grille that irresistibly resembles the Super Duty model. In addition, the truck hosts a pair of restyled lights on both ends, as well as a number of new technologies such as Pre-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-go capability, and WiFi hotspots.
The biggest, so-to-say issue of the diesel-powered F150 will be the price without any doubt. According to the carmaker, the base oil-burner option will cost around $4,000 more from the starting version with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. Now, the Power Stroke will definitely deliver better fuel economy, towing, and payload, so you do the count what’s more important.