DETROIT — The first diesel version of the Ford F-150 will be rated at 30 mpg in highway driving, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market when it hits showrooms next month.
Ford Motor Co. had targeted 30 mpg earlier this year and announced the official EPA estimates for the 4x2 version of the pickup last week. It will be labeled as 22 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg combined.
The four-wheel-drive version of the F-150 with a diesel engine, which is expected to sell in higher volumes, is rated by the EPA at 25 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined, Ford said.
"Even a few years ago, customers wouldn't have imagined an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway would be possible in a full-size pickup, but our team of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge," Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president for product development and purchasing, said in a statement.
The 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine is part of the F-150's midcycle freshening. It's meant to appeal to customers who tow and haul more than usual. The diesel engine will have 250 hp and 440 pound-feet of torque, besting the only other diesel offering in the full-size segment, the Ram 1500. Ford said it will have best-in-class payload and towing ratings among full-size, light duty pickups.
The diesel engine will be mated to Ford's 10-speed transmission, which was introduced on the 2017 F-150.