North America’s best-selling vehicle is about to get even better. Ford is about to introduce the first diesel F-150 in the brand’s history. It’s set to deliver great fuel economy and incredible torque. And yet, some customers are still afraid of diesel.
In recent years, the public has developed a pretty significant bias against diesel fuel. Diesel exhaust is black and foul smelling, plus diesel engines are loud. Therefore, it must be worse for the environment. And then the Volkswagen scandal broke.
Last year investigators discovered that Volkswagen knowingly installed emissions cheating software in its diesel vehicles. The systems released safe amounts of harmful pollutants while being tested by regulators, but would revert to releasing dangerous levels of emissions once normal driving mode was resumed. Some people heard this story and used it to confirm their existing biases against diesel engines. Conflating emissions-cheating diesel engines and diesel engines in general is wrong, but let’s take a step back.
If we assume that a diesel engine is following federal emissions regulations, is it still worse for the environment than a comparable gasoline engine? In short, no. Diesel has a higher energy density than gasoline, so burning one litre of diesel will produce more greenhouse gases than burning one litre of gasoline. But that also means you don’t have to use as much diesel fuel to travel a given distance.
Specifically, diesel can get up to 40% better fuel economy than a gasoline engine. When you account for that difference, gasoline and diesel engines have roughly equivalent emissions levels. Gasoline engines release more CO and hydrocarbons, but diesel engines release more nitrogen oxides and particulates. Neither is as good for the environment as hydrogen, but neither is significantly worse than the other. And until electric or fuel cell vehicles are practical for the Canadian prairies, drivers will continue using combustion engines.
In the next few months, Ford will begin selling the first diesel F-150 in the model’s history. The F-150 is already the best selling vehicle in North America, and critics have widely hailed it as the best truck on the planet. And now Ford will take another segment of the market under its control.
The greatest advantage of diesel-powered engines, of course, is the increased torque. And the 3.0L V6 Ford Power Stroke Diesel won’t disappoint in that regard. The engine is slated to deliver 7.8L/100km of fuel economy and 440 lb.-ft. of torque, a truck enthusiast’s dream. With that level of torque, you’ll be able tow up to 11,400 pounds, and have a 2,020 lb. payload rating. But raw power is just the beginning.
Of course, Ford will combine the Power Stroke engine with tons of smart features. Pro Trailer Backup Assist, for example, makes navigation with a trailer easy for even novices. Meanwhile, Ford has improved its blind spot monitoring system to include coverage for trailers, so you get some extra peace of mind and awareness while trailering. Plus, there are tons of less flashy features like Trailer Sway Control that make performing tough jobs easy in ways you may not even notice.
The F-Series lineup already blows away the competition. And Ford’s addition of a high-torque diesel engine to the lineup is reason to be excited. Contact us today for more information about the diesel engine’s availability and performance information.