Search for Ford's F-150 diesel to simply prime 30 mpg freeway

Ford says the upcoming diesel model of the F-150 will carry a freeway ranking of 30 mpg.

Do not consider it.

I might search for the diesel-powered F-150 to get at the very least 32 mpg and attainable 33 mpg on the freeway when it goes on sale this spring.

This is why I feel the truck will get higher than the 30 mpg Ford introduced Monday: An automaker by no means makes a gas financial system announcement — with out an EPA certification — if it is not 1,000 p.c positive that it may possibly comfortably hit the goal.

The very last thing Ford needs to do that spring is have an EPA label quantity on the F-150 diesel that’s below 30. And recent in Ford’s latest previous are the restatement of gas financial system scores on its hybrid autos. You may guess Ford’s calculators could have recent batteries and engineers could have extra-sharp pencils once they run the certification exams on the F-150 diesel.

And, frankly, any quantity below 30 for the F-150 diesel can be a stunning disappointment.

The 30 mpg “announcement” this week was all about PR and impressing traders who will hopefully proceed transferring Ford’s inventory value out of its stoop.

The truck’s light-weight aluminum physique is ideally suited to a fuel-efficient powertrain. The diesel engine may also be mated to a 10-speed automated transmission, so freeway gas financial system ought to be stellar. And the F-150 diesel will share the identical Ford-built, three.Zero-liter V-6 diesel as Land Rover’s Vary Rover Sport. Each autos are about the identical measurement, however the Vary Rover weighs round 300 kilos greater than a four-door F-150. The Vary Rover’s EPA-rated gas financial system is 28 mpg and that’s with an Eight-speed automated transmission.

It is not clear but how Ford will tune the three.Zero-liter V-6 in a different way from Land Rover. But it surely seems to be just like the variations might be minor. Ford is itemizing the 2018 F-150’s diesel engine at 250-hp and 440 pound-feet of torque. That very same engine within the Vary Rover checks in at 254-hp and 443 pound-feet of torque.

Ford will not be the primary automaker to say a 30 mpg ranking with a truck, after all. Normal Motors checked that field in 2016 with the Colorado diesel, a midsize pickup. However Ford would be the first automaker to hit the magic 30 + mpg mark with a full-size truck.

Ram’s 1500 diesel continues to be mired in EPA certification points and isn’t but licensed on the market. The 2017 mannequin had an EPA ranking of 27 mpg on the freeway. AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan says he does not see Ram getting 30 or extra mpg on the freeway with the 2018 or the redesigned 2019 mannequin.

It is attainable GM’s redesigned 2019 Silverado may have an eye-popping EPA freeway ranking. In spite of everything, some variations of the Silverado will use the exact same 10-speed automated transmission because the F-150. However GM does not have a small diesel engine in its lineup — at the very least that we all know of. GM has not given any technical particulars of the Silverado but. That is coming subsequent week on the North American Worldwide Auto Present. I’ve heard from well-placed sources that GM could have some attention-grabbing know-how below the hood of the Silverado. However with out a diesel, it will be a moonshot to get an EPA ranking of 30 or extra. We’ll have to attend and see.

A number of extra ideas on the F-150 diesel. I’ve pushed numerous Land Rovers with the three.Zero-liter diesel engine, the Lion V-6, which was initially created in a three way partnership with France’s Peugeot. It is a terrific engine with huge quantities of low-end torque and a really pleasing sound. This double overhead-cam, twin-turbo engine just isn’t utilized in another autos, and so Land Rover has been instrumental in protecting the engine up to date to fulfill emissions requirements.

It’s not unreasonable to imagine that the F-150’s diesel engine, significantly its North American emissions system, may have a few of the similar components because the Vary Rover Sport. Ford, at all times good with its cash, would wish to use as most of the similar parts as Land Rover to scale back prices and improvement time.

Take into consideration this irony: Ever since Ford bought the Jaguar and Land Rover manufacturers to India’s Tata Motors in 2008, it has – till lately — been the primary engine provider to Jaguar Land Rover. The engines Ford builds for JLR and constructed to JLR’s specs. (JLR now builds most of its engines in-house, however nonetheless sources V-6 and V-Eight diesels from Ford).

It’s totally attainable — probably even possible — that the F-150 diesel’s engine has Land Rover engineers’ fingerprints throughout it.

And that is no unhealthy factor.