It has been bound to happen yet at last Ford has ventured up to the diesel challenge with an oil-consuming form of the light obligation F-150. The Ram get has had a diesel for a considerable length of time, Nissan offers one on its Titan and Chevrolet falls in accordance with a diesel alternative in its all-new Silverado not long from now. So has the sit tight been justified, despite all the trouble for diesel fans in the F-150? A first drive opportunity in the lower regions close to Denver, Colorado, showed the advantages and disadvantages of the most recent Ford truck.
Right off the bat, it’s apparent that general refinement – a sign of the F-150 territory – has not been relinquished in the diesel variant. So smooth and calm is this 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel application (not at all like the substantially noisier overwhelming obligation diesel) that you’d be unable to know it wasn’t one of the fuel powertrains. One key offering purpose of the diesel is, obviously, its guaranteed mileage advantage over gas forms. As a proprietor of another F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor, my normal economy perusing has so far crawled up to a not as much as exciting 17.3 mpg. So it was intriguing and a little begrudge instigating to see the diesel show mpg numbers in the 20s as I drove around under light load.
The official efficiency numbers from Ford recommend the model can hit 30 mpg, which is an astounding figure. All the more practical, the diesel is anticipated to best the fuel forms by up to four mpg in the city and up to six mpg on the Thruway. Not terrible for a major truck, but rather the genuinely preferred standpoint for diesel should be in tow. Dragging a 5500-pound horse trailer, the diesel F-150 demonstrated a normal of 13.5 mpg, which may not sound that great, until the point when you think about that as a fuel truck in a similar circumstance would be in single digits.
This Ford diesel (which by chance is identified with an engine Ford makes for Jaguar Land Rover models) conveys a substantial 440 lb-ft of torque at 1750 rpm and 250-hp at 5000rpm. That thinks about to 470 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm and 350 hp at 5000rpm with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.
The diesel’s low-end torque is without a doubt preference with towing efficiency at unassuming rates, yet when I increased the tow weight to 6500lbs with a vessel (still well shy of the maximum tow limit of 11,400lbs), the result was not exactly as amazing. The powertrain performs all around ok around town however out on the Thruway over 50-60 mph, the motor appears to have minimal left for possible later use for surpassing or slope climbing. There was likewise some drivetrain shiver at low speeds.
The other real thought with the diesel F-150 is cost. Basically, the cost delta over gas models is roughly $4000 and the diesel is just accessible on higher trim F-150 models. In that capacity, most diesel F-150s are likely being costly suggestions; the two models I drove (Platinum 4×4 SuperCrews) were both estimated at almost $67,000 as prepared.
In the realm of light truck models, there is a place for a diesel F-150 as it is smooth to drive and offers a reasonable efficiency advantage over the gas adaptations, particularly to tow. In any case, purchasers should test the truck’s execution in the event that they are hoping to tow trailers at the heavier end of the weight territory. Some time went through with a number cruncher would likewise decide if the value differential between the diesel and the few gas F-150 powertrain choices will pay off in fuel investment funds over a sensible period.