With the arrival of the fully-electric Lightning model, the company cut the diesel engine for the 2022 season. So now, fans are thinking about the upcoming edition and the 2023 Ford F-150 Diesel. Will a Powerstroke engine make another run under the hood of the iconic truck? It is strange that Ford is leaving the market to its main rivals. Yes, at some point, hybrid and electric pickups will replace models with conventional systems. But, it seems that petrol and diesel configurations are still untouchable to EVs. The only hybrid truck currently in the market is Ram 1500 with MHEV that doesn’t bring too much. The presence of the Lightning electric pickup is good for the future, but at this point, not too many truckers will pay to experiment.
This is the main reason why enthusiasts believe in the comeback of the 2023 Ford F-150 Diesel. Oil burners have a lot of troubles with EPA and emissions, but the performance is still something that keeps them very popular among buyers. Ford F-150 caused a lot of attention a few years ago when the company launched the Powerstroke engine, as well as its main two rivals. We know it is not a long-term solution, but a four-year run is definitely something very surprising.
2023 Ford F-150 Diesel Specs
There won’t be a new tuning of the old drivetrain. The 2023 Ford F-150 Diesel is going to feature a 3.0-liter Powerstroke turbodiesel engine. It can develop 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft. Such torque is at the similar level with the Raptor model, while the power is under the base 3.3-liter petrol configuration. Nevertheless, the truck had a towing capacity of 11,500 pounds. It was 2k more than the main rival – Chevy Silverado. But, General Motors retuned its Duramax oil burner, and the towing capacity of the Silverado and GMC Sierra is now 13,000 lbs. Ram 1500 is at the same level. A 10-speed automatic gearbox sends power to rear or all wheels.
The market needs 2023 Ford F-150 Diesel. That is the main story here. Ford is not leaving it to the competition. Yes, diesel units are dying class, but they still survive. Electric motors are going to replace them in the foreseeable future. Tesla launched Cybertruck, Ford is following the steps with the Lightning pickup, and the upcoming Hummer is a surprising move by General Motors. Still, they didn’t discontinue Duramax diesel for the Silverado and Sierra pickups.
Let’s turn to another US truckmaker – FCA. Ram trucks also feature diesel units, from the most popular 1500, heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 models, and the mid-size Jeep Gladiator. A diesel engine is going to add another option to buyers. Now, when it is already developed and tested for a few years, we see no point in cutting the Powerstroke mill from the F-150 lineup. It was not the No.1 option to truckers, but it still gave choice to fans of oil burners. So, after all, we expect the 2023 Ford F-150 Diesel to be available at dealerships after the premiere of the Lightning model.