On Thursday, Ford announced best-in-class fuel economy figures for the F-150 Diesel. The full-size pickup will return 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined. The figures outdo the entire segment, and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, according to Ford Authority.
Ford’s turbocharged, 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 also produces 250 horsepower 440 pound-feet of torque. Said figures will allow the F-150 Diesel to tow up to 11,400 pounds and haul 2,020 pounds of payload.
The Blue Oval has set the bar, but it’s one that General Motors is confident it will surpass with its 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel engine. At the reveal of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GM product chief Mark Reuss poked at Ford’s previously announced figures.
“Now I’m not going to go into the numbers today, but some of our competition has already given their numbers on their new diesel, and I am really confident that we’ll have the best-performing diesel in this segment”, Reuss said during his presentation.
At the time, Ford had delivered news on the F-150 Diesel’s horsepower, torque and highway fuel economy figures. For GM and Chevrolet to top them, the 2019 Silverado Diesel will need to produce over 250 hp, 440 lb-ft of torque and manage better than 22/25/30 mpg.