Ford’s venerable F-150 pickup is adding a turbocharged diesel engine to challenge the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel’s stranglehold on the diesel half-ton market. Like the Wards 10 Best-winning EcoDiesel, the Ford F-150’s new Power Stroke-branded engine is a 3.0-liter V6, only it bests the EcoDiesel in terms of sheer grunt, with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque to RAM’s 240 horse and 420 lb-ft.
This lends to greater towing capacity (11,400 pounds to 9,290) and more payload capacity (2,020 pounds to 1,640), but not necessarily more fuel consumption; the Ford F-150 diesel hasn’t yet been tested by the EPA, but Ford has set its sights on a 30-mpg max fuel economy rating. The RAM 1500 4×2 EcoDiesel currently tops the half-ton pickup segment with up to 27 mpg on the highway.
Assuming the Ford F-150 diesel does indeed manage to edge out the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel in the area of fuel economy, that will be partly thanks to its 10-speed automatic transmission, and partly because of its aluminum body and lighter curb weight. That said, there’s an all-new RAM half-ton pickup on the horizon, which is expected to bow at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, so Fiat Chrysler has the chance to fire back at the Blue Oval’s formidable F-series. The 2019 RAM 1500 is expected to stick with steel body construction like its predecessors, save for an aluminum hood and tailgate, but it could gain newfound efficiency through improved aerodynamics or revised engine tuning.
(Source: Ford Authority)