Ford took to the 2017 North American International Auto Show to one-up its crosstown rival, General Motors. While both the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and 2017 GMC Sierra match the Ford F-150 in more ways than not, the blue oval pulled a wild card out: the introduction of a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine.
With the introduction of the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine, it leaves General Motors as the odd man out. Both Ford and Ram now offer a half-ton diesel powertrain for their bread and butter pickups.
Ford Authority reports the new V6 diesel engine will be mated to the automaker’s latest 10-speed automatic gearbox, but Ford did not specify power rating at the time of its unveiling. However, matching or exceeding the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel seems like a fair guess. The Ram makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Buyers looking for a smaller diesel engine within the GM lineup will have to take solace in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado or 2017 GMC Canyon diesel. Both of these midsize trucks, hardly comparable with the F-150, offer a 2.8-liter LWN four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. But the four-banger is no V6.
It begs the question if GM could, and should, check the F-150 with a new diesel engine. GM as a whole seems to be embracing the idea of more diesel options in its lineup of vehicles, too. Both the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 GMC Terrain will offer a diesel engine.
But the next generation of GM pickups is also on the way, which are said to use significant amounts of aluminum in their construction. It may be possible we see a smaller diesel variant then, but for now, the 2018 F-150 and Ram EcoDiesel have that market on lock.