2018 Ford F-150 Diesel vs Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: The Story Unfolds

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Although the Ford F-150 had long been the best-selling pickup truck in the US, it never in recent years had an appropriate answer for Fiat-Chrysler’s Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The good news is that now it finally does.

The 2018 Ford F-150 will be arriving with a 3.0L PowerStroke diesel engine to be operated with Ford’s all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the story hasn’t progressed beyond that point, so further specifications remain in the dark for now.

According to Torque News, there are two revelations regarding the direction Blue Oval is taking its F-150 diesel. Firstly, it would be packaged as a rival to the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, meaning that the automaker would would to make their small oil burner more potent and efficient than its FCA rival.

The second point is that the expertise Ford employed to help design the 3.0L diesel V6 in the Land Rover lineup would be at work for its own new mill. It is worth noting that the turbo diesel in use at JLR was made in partnership with Peugeot as well.

In order to top the Ram EcoDiesel, Ford needs to ensure that its PowerStroke diesel delivers more than 240hp and 420lb-ft torque. It also needs to return more than 21mpg city and 29mpg highway. Given that the 3.0L diesel in the Ranger Rover produces 254hp and 443lb-ft torque, one could at least expect Blue Oval to already have the upper hand in terms of output.