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2018 Ford F-150 Diesel First Drive: all about the haul

Denver, CO – Google “Denver Airport” or “DIA” and you’ll find pages and pages of articles talking about a number of conspiracy theories surrounding it. They range from a statue of a giant horse with glowing red eyes that fell on its builder, to the questionable placement of the airport’s six runways, to the weird murals found throughout that look strangely like Nazi propaganda. Its footprint is also the size of Manhattan and its construction went $2 billion over budget; who knows what’s going on underneath all that? 

Like DIA, the F-150 diesel has become a bit of a mystery. Even after Ford announced that it would be happening, a refreshed version of the current F-150 arrived for 2018 without offering a diesel at the outset. Had VW Dieselgate taken its toll? Was Ford a little worried the optics surrounding a new diesel truck just wouldn’t work? Was it still coming? 

Sure enough, it was and has arrived a very capable – and surprisingly refined – entrant into the F-150 lineup.

Powerstroke of genius
Keen to align the F-150’s powerplant with the rest of the diesel range from Ford, the new truck’s engine gets the “Powerstroke” moniker, the likes of which we’ve seen on F-250/350 pickups and so forth for decades. 

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