Saturday, July 24, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Ford tweaks pickup truck lineup again. Goodbye, F-150 diesel

The Ford F-150 diesel pickup truck, which debuted as a 2018 model year and carried the Power Stroke badge, has been discontinued. The move continues the automaker’s recent lineup tweaks.

A few weeks ago, Ford debuted the fully electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and a fleet-focused F-150 Lightning Pro. The Power Stroke can be ordered on the F-150 until July 16. Deliveries will continue through the end of the year.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is among the new lineup the automaker has introduced to its enduring success.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is among the new lineup the automaker has introduced to its enduring success.

Ford announced the reason for the cancellation of the short-lived diesel is the F-150 Hybrid. It’s called the PowerBoost.

Ford F-150 diesel pickup truck departs

The F-150 Hybrid can tow up to 12,700 pounds in 4×2 versions. The F-150 diesel is rated at 12,100 pounds. The Hybrid can also operate in generator mode to offer up to 7.2 kW of power.

When it was unveiled, the F-150 Hybrid garnered quick attention. It achieved 30 miles per gallon in the standard EPA highway rating system in its 4×2 offering.

The 2021 Ford F-150 pickup has a reclining passenger seat.
The 2021 Ford F-150 pickup has a reclining passenger seat.

The PowerBoost Hybrid excels in city driving, with 25 mpg city, 26 highway, 25 combined.

It’s further efficient because its range is more than 700 miles.

Facts & Figures: 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost 4×4 SuperCrew XLT pickup truck

Base Price: $45,500; Powertrain: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6; 1 Transmission: 10-speed modular hybrid automatic; 35-kilowatt electric motor, 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery; Rear-wheel drive with selectable four-wheel drive and low range; Horsepower: 430; Torque: 570 lb-ft; Max Towing Capacity: 12,400 pounds; Max Payload Capacity: 1,830 pounds; EPA Fuel Economy: 24 city, 24 highway, 24 combined.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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boxdin
5 days ago

Towing 12,750 lbs w a 150 will keep you on the edge of your seat

Tommy Molnar
5 days ago

I never knew Ford even HAD a diesel option for the F-150! But then, I’ve never looked at any F-150’s when I was in the market for a new (to me) tow vehicle.

Bob M
5 days ago

I test drove the F150 Hybrid. I like it and feel it’s a great truck. Each dealer seems to be getting a few. The dealer I test drove it wants $5,000. over sticker price. The 4wd version gets 24 mpg. Not sure if the hybrid option $4,494. will pay for it’s self.

Bob p
5 days ago

The 3L diesel was an old design used in Europe by Range Rover. It was never able to compete with Ram or GM, as far as power and economy. Ford tweaked it as much as they could but it still couldn’t compete. Had it been a modern design that they had millions into the design it would still be available, this was not a Ford’s Better Idea!

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