The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel is about to hit the dealerships. The F-150 pickup truck is already the most popular model in its segment and Ford’s best-selling vehicle. Diesel powertrain is also available, which is very important for such a capable and reliable pickup truck. Of course, F-150 will soon arrive with a hybrid powertrain, and an all-electric variant is in the works too. However, we have no doubts that the customers are still into diesel engines.
Visually, F-150 Diesel won’t depart from the regular gasoline-powered truck. From what we know, the base trim level won’t offer diesel powertrain. However, XLT and upper trim levels will offer this type of engine. Some mysteries about the Powerstroke diesel engine are still present. The biggest one is the Raptor version that could feature the same powertrain option.
2021 F-150 Diesel Engine Specs
As we said, the base trim level won’t offer a new Powerstroke engine. However, the 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel can be had in XLT and trim levels above that. It is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers great capability and performance. It generates 250 horsepower and up to 440 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that, F-150 Diesel will tow 11,500 pounds, which is great.
According to EPA, this pickup truck delivers 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. That makes 25 mpg combined. These are figures for a 4×2 configuration, while the 4×4 setup will slightly lower the fuel economy numbers. New Powerstroke diesel comes with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
What About Raptor Diesel?
The upcoming 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel is official. However, it is still a mystery if the F-150 Raptor variant will get the same powertrain option. At the moment, Raptor rides on Ford’s twin-turbo V6 engine. While it is a potent gasoline engine, it can tow as much as diesel can. For that reason, some competitors such as Toyota Tundra TRD Pro are in the lead with the class-leading torque figures. The Raptor truck is a perfect candidate for diesel.
It already offers Fox shocks that are improving off-road ability. Moreover, the cruise control system is in the offer, along with the underbody protection and new skid plates. Diesel is the missing piece, and we are hoping to see it in the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. For 2021, Raptor will arrive with the restyled front grille, twin-panel moonroof, and the same 8-inch touchscreen.
2021 Ford F-150 Diesel Release Date, Price, Competition
The forthcoming 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel is coming to the markets by the end of the year. The XLT trim level starts at $35,000, but the diesel engine is optional, and it costs an additional $5,000. Climb up the trim ladder, and you will have to pay $40,000 for Lariat and almost $60,000 for the Premium trim level. As for the competition, nothing will change.
F-150 continues to rival Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 models. Silverado can produce 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of twisting power. As for the Ram 1500, this model generates 460 horses and 480 lb-ft of torque. That means Ram is currently in the lead in terms of performance, and its pickup can tow up to 12,500 pounds.