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Hey Ford F-150 Power Stroke, not so fast…

By: Robert S. Miller

Earlier this week, Ford Motor Company released the official fuel economy numbers of the upcoming 2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 diesel. In 4×2 configuration, equipped with it’s new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and all aluminum body; the new 2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 diesel is the most fuel efficient full-size pickup with official ratings of 30mpg highway, 22mpg city and 25mpg combined.

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2018 Ram 1500 Quad Cab EcoDiesel HFE (FCA photo)

While that might sound awesome for the Ford F-150 team, the last generation 2018 Ram 1500 (DS) 3.0L Ecodiesel V-6 paired with its 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic achieved 27mpg highway, 19mpg city and 22mpg combined and is about to be replaced with a much lighter 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) version. But, the current Ram 1500 (DS) Ecodiesel 4×4 beats the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke 4×4 in the fuel economy numbers.

How can that be? Ford fleet buyers can buy a new F-150 Power Stroke 4×4 with a 3.31 axle ratio (same as the 4×2 model), however retail buyers are stuck with 3.55 axle ratio on their 4×4 models. This reduces the fuel economy by 3mpg over the fleet models. The Power Stroke 4×4 retail buyers get a 25mpg highway rating, while the 2018 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel 4×4 is rated at 27mpg highway.

 

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2019 Jeep Wrangler Ecodiesel Power Numbers (Jeep)

But that is not the end of the story. The new 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 makes 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.0L Ecodiesel V-6 in its current form makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque. However, the Ecodiesel is getting revamped for its debut in the 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) model. Mike Manley (Head of Global Jeep and Ram Brands) stated at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, that when the Ecodiesel debuts in 2019 on the new Ram “they will reclaim all the claims that we have”. Late last year, when Manley was on stage at the 2017 LA Auto Show launching the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) he announced that when the Ecodiesel would debut on the Wrangler in 2019 the Ecodiesel would have 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft of torque.

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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 (Ram)

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 (Ram)

This could be a good lead on the future power of the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) Ecodiesel. With GM entering the fray with it’s new 3.0L Duramax I-6 (that’s right an inline-6 cylinder diesel) in 2019, and the power ratings not yet released and fuel economy numbers not being released till later this year; 2019 will be the year of the diesel half ton pickup.

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