Ford was all however gloating… okay, it was gloating when it unveiled the coveted “30 mpg freeway” determine for the upcoming three.zero-liter Energy Stroke diesel V6 earlier this week. A full-size pickup with a 30 mpg score? That units it aside from all others, together with the 27 mpg (freeway) Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
What the automaker didn’t point out was how a lot inexperienced you’ll have to shell out for a Energy Stroke-powered F-150. Nicely, the beans at the moment are spilled, however the product positioning appears slightly odd.
Chatting with The Drive, an unnamed Ford spokesman described the markup for the 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft engine, and the place it sits within the trim lineup.
“On the F-150 Lariat, with its standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, the stroll to the three.zero-liter Energy Stroke is $four,000, or $2,four hundred greater than the three.5-liter EcoBoost choice,” the spokesman stated. “On the F-150 King Ranch and Platinum, with the standard 5.zero-liter V-eight engine, the stroll to the three.zero-liter Energy Stroke is $three,000, or $2,four hundred greater than the three.5-liter EcoBoost choice.”
Lariat. That’s not the trim you think of when envisioning a potential work truck with a diesel underneath the hood, although it’s the bottom trim deemed acceptable by the luxury horsey set. The bottom XL begins out at $27,705 earlier than supply, and an additional $995 replaces the entry degree three.three-liter V6 with Ford’s wonderful 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. That engine boasts four hundred lb-ft of torque, as does the elective 5.zero-liter V8 present in each XL and XLT trims. The three.5-liter EcoBoost pushes twist to 470 lb-ft, and can also be non-compulsory on decrease trims.
The two.7-liter is standard package on the Lariat trim, which begins at $7,715 greater than an XLT. Paying an additional 4 grand on prime of that for forty additional foot-kilos of torque and 4 additional miles per gallon on the freeway (and three mpg mixed) looks like a choice you’d should make over the course of a night together with your partner and a calculator. There’s no regular cab bodystyle within the Lariat, both, not that many development staff or fleet managers hunt down that trim’s creature comforts.
Whereas the brand new diesel guarantees superior fuel financial system, Ford clearly isn’t pushing general financial system with this feature. Diesel fuel at present runs about 15 cents a gallon greater than gasoline, so that you’d have to cowl loads of freeway miles in a yr for this improve to make monetary sense — and if operational prices have been really that urgent, you wouldn’t be out there for a Lariat, anyway.
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