Since FCA is going to update its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine in order to improve the 2018 Ram 1500 even more, the 2017 Ford F-150 is going to have a diesel option available, too. It would be interesting to see how this develops. Is Ford capable of delivering a suitable diesel option? Is this going to force FCA to make the EcoDiesel even better? How those two engines can compare? We have to wait to find out definite answers, but for now, we can use what we already know.
Everything’s still secret, but we already reported about some of the EcoDiesel’s future improvements. According to the latest reports, the 2017 Ford F-150 is going to use a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that motivates the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Td6 iterations.
V-6 Battle: 2018 Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel vs 2017 Ford F-150
This could be a good choice. Installed in the Land Rover SUVs, this engine delivers 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. In comparison with the Ram’s current 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, it generates more power and torque, but we should have in mind that they’re going to improve the EcoDiesel so it can easily overcome the Land Rover engine’s power output, since it already delivers 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
This is going to be a significant part of the announced major update of the 2018 Ram 1500, so there’s no reason to doubt whether they’re going to upgrade the engine’s specs. The only question is how much this mill is going to be stronger. Of course, the Ford’s engineers won’t be bored: some rumors said that the 2017 F-150 is going to sacrifice some horsepower in order to gain more torque.
Fuel Economy Comparison
As for the EPA fuel economy, it’s a well-known fact that the Ram 1500 is the king of efficiency. Naturally, its Blue Oval foe will try to take its crown. Under the hood of the aforementioned SUVs, this engine returns 22 mpg/city and 29 mpg/highway. We must bear in mind that the 2017 F-150 is not going to be as aerodynamic as those two Land Rovers, and it’s going to be heavier as well, so we sincerely doubt the truck’s EPA fuel economy is going to be this good.
On the other hand, the Ram’s EcoDiesel currently returns 20 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway with 2WD, while the 4WD option can reach 19 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway. Having in mind they’re going to further improve the engine’s fuel economy, we doubt Ford will be able to win in this game even if they make some improvements.
Is 2017 Ford F-150 Diesel Going to Be Better Than 2018 Ram 1500 Diesel?
Since the 2017 Ford F-150 is going to be released sooner than the 2018 Ram 1500, it might use the momentum of the hype the first brand’s light-duty diesel option is going to make. Although the fact that the F-150 would be available first might look like FCA has time to see the competitor’s specs and improve the engine accordingly, everyone with elementary knowledge about making engines knows that they don’t have enough time to make calculations. They have to make the best diesel engine they can. Only this way the 2018 Ram 1500 can keep its crown.
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