The new-for-2018 Ford F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine will boast the best EPA fuel-economy numbers of any full-size pickup truck. Rated at 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined, the new half-ton turbo-diesel gets the same EPA ratings as the smaller and lighter Chevrolet Colorado with the less powerful turbo-diesel 2.8-liter engine.
The baby Power Stroke makes 250 horsepower and 440 pounds-feet of torque and will be mated to the new computer-controlled and retuned 10-speed automatic transmission. The automaker says the powertrain combination will also provide the new pickup truck choice with best-in-class payload at a maximum of 2,020 pounds for XL and XLT fleet trims; consumer retail trims will have a max payload of 1,940 pounds. The engine also gets best-in-class towing capability with a max of 11,400 pounds. Of course, payload and towing capacity vary by trim and configuration.
For now, the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are the only two half-ton players offering a diesel engine — assuming you don't consider the Nissan Titan XD a half-ton pickup — but GM will offer the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, both due out later this year, with a late-availability engine option in the form of a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine that is reported to be "the best performing diesel in this segment."
We'll know more about the Ford F-150's new Power Stroke option after we get some seat time in the truck; we plan to tow up and down the steep Eisenhower Pass outside Denver. More to come.