Ford F-150 is carrying addition aboriginal – its all-new 3.0-liter Adeptness Stroke agent agent targeted to acknowledgment an EPA-estimated appraisement of 30 mpg highway(Photo: Ford)
In its amaranthine adventure to accumulate the F-150 America’s acknowledged pickup, Ford Motor Co. has a new idea: agent fuel.
The Blue Oval says its new 3.0-liter Adeptness Stroke agent agent — the aboriginal agent for the F-150 — delivers best-in-class EPA-estimated ammunition abridgement to its best accepted vehicle. And that could accomplish the alleged 2018 “pickup wars” alike added competitive.
Ford’s move comes as OPEC oil stockpiles abate and oil prices accept climbed afresh abutting to their accomplished point in three years. Rivals General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will admission all-new full-size pickups this year, which will attempt anon with the aluminum-body F-Series. Ford active the F-150 for 2017, but snagging the accomplished EPA appraisement with the agent agent on 2018 models may accord the Blue Oval an edge.
It’s an added account for a agent that’s been a admired for years amid Ford dealers. Tim Hovik, buyer of SanTan Ford alfresco of Phoenix, Arizona, said there’s appeal for a agent F-150 from both agile and retail customers. And the new agent keeps Ford moving, preventing the barter from accepting dried as aggressive articles hit showrooms.
“I’ve been accepting asked about this for apparently the aftermost two years,” he said in an account Thursday. “There’s pent-up appeal and a pent-up action for this. It’s activity to cascade some gas on an already hot blaze of buyers. You consistently appetite to add addition advantage back you’re arena from a position of strength.”
Diesel ammunition amount almost 10 cents added per gallon than gasoline in the U.S. aftermost year. Hovik said his barter about attending to a agent agent for added power, and abounding of them are added adequate with a agent truck. The ammunition abridgement on the Adeptness Stroke is added or beneath a aloof point for Ford.
The agent agent is additionally the sixth agent advantage on the F-150. It adds a artefact to Ford’s barter calendar that its absolute antagonism won’t accept accessible for at atomic a year.
The Adeptness Stroke will be accessible on the F-150 to retail barter in both the 4×2 and 4×4 variations of the 2018 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum copy SuperCrew F-150s. Agile barter can adjustment the agent on all trim levels with SuperCrew 5 1/2-foot or 6 1/2-foot beds, or the SuperCab with a 6 1/2-foot bed. The agent will amount amid $3,000 to $4,000 added than accepted engines on those vehicles.
“An EPA-estimated 30 mpg artery enables Ford to win today’s ammunition abridgement advertisement war with a allusive benefit,” said Stephanie Brinley, auto artefact analyst with IHS Markit. “The F-150 has two all-new competitors for 2019 archetypal year and wants to authenticate connected advance as the GM and Ram articles appear on line. Ford’s adeptness to accomplish 30mpg artery sets the bar at a new level.”
Ford says the 2018 F-150’s agent agent clearly has an EPA-estimated 30 mpg artery and 22 mpg burghal rating, for a 25 mpg accumulated ammunition abridgement rating. That’s the accomplished EPA-estimated appraisement accessible in a full-size pickup.
Mated to a 10-speed SelectShift Transmission, the agent offers 250-horsepower and 440 lb.-ft of torque. Those factors accord the barter best-in-class agent towing and payload, according to Ford. The F-150 can tow 11,400 pounds, and booty 2,020 pounds in the bed.
“Even a few years ago, barter wouldn’t accept absurd an EPA-estimated appraisement of 30 mpg artery would be accessible in a full-size pickup, but our aggregation of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge,” Hau Thai-Tang, Ford controlling carnality president, artefact development and purchasing, said in a statement.
The F-150 is congenital in Dearborn, Louisville and Kansas City, Mo. Prices will ambit from about $28,600 to about $64,000 for the upper-trim levels. Ford began demography orders for the new agent agreement in mid-January, and it is appointed to alpha accession in dealerships in May.
Hovik said he capital to get afterpiece to barrage afore blame to advertise the new engine. He’s been affairs Fords for added than two decades, and hasn’t had a agent F-150 in his cache. He doesn’t apperceive how abounding will sell, but he expects the new agent will be accepted in big barter markets in the U.S. south and west.
“It will be a catechism of will Ford be able to accomplish abundant of them,” Hovik said. “The appeal will be considerable.”
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