More torque means more towing power.
The F-150 Power Stroke's lone competition in fullsize light-duty pickups is the 2-wheel-drive '18 Ram 1500 equipped with a 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel and an 8-speed automatic transmission, rated at 20/27/23 mpg (11.7-8.7-10.2 L/100 km) city/highway/combined.
Ford says EPA fuel-economy testing confirms its expectation that the F-150 fullsize pickup powered by an all-new turbodiesel V-6 achieves a best-in-class 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km).
However, as The Car Connection pointed out, those numbers are only for the rear-wheel drive model.
The F-150 with the Power-Stroke diesel should start to arrive at your local dealers by May. Fleet buyers will be able to order the F-150 Power Stroke Diesel in XL and XLT trim levels, while retail shoppers will have to stick with Lariat, King Ranch, and Limited trims.
The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel will use a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that was developed in-house and shares what the Blue Oval calls "commercial-grade technology" with the well-regarded 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel found in its F-Series Super Duty trucks. We'll see a 3.0-liter Duramax diesel in both the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram will continue to be in the mix with a refreshed EcoDiesel V6 in the 2019 Ram 1500. Once the 2019 model year diesel trucks from Ram and GM come online, those best-in brags might not ring true.
The new 3-litre Power Stroke is thoroughly modern and extremely durable featuring a compacted-graphite engine block and forged steel crank; a variable geometry turbo, 29,000 psi fuel injectors, dual fuel filters and a two stage oil pump that reduces parasitic losses and improves fuel efficiency.