2018 Ford F-150 Introduces Diesel Just to Give the Competition What For


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Diesel engines are popular in heavy-duty trucks, because they can generate some frankly absurd amounts of torque at low rpm. They're also a bit lighter on fuel, so they are sometimes viewed as an eco-friendly choice.

For light-duty trucks like the F-150, there are other—arguably better—ways of achieving the same torque-plus-efficiency result. Ford has been developing its turbocharged EcoBoost engines for years, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost currently offers best-in-class torque for a V6 engine. By 2020, Ford has promised we'll see an F-150 Hybrid in production. Because electric motors offer full torque instantaneously, it might turn out to be the best solution yet.

Even with so many other options in their wheelhouse, Ford will be adding a diesel engine to the 2018 F-150 next spring.

The nice way of explaining why is that Ford wants to give their customers more options, and many drivers prefer using diesel. The fiercer explanation is that Ram introduced a diesel option on the Ram 1500, and Ford is going to battle them for dominance. Wouldn't you design a more powerful diesel engine just to show up a rival?

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