When it launched the updated 2018 Ford F-150 last year, the American automotive giant promised that a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine version would be introduced further down the road. Promise kept: Ford has announced it will begin taking orders on the new edition in mid-January, and that the first models should appear at dealers by spring.
For the past months we’ve all been waiting impatiently for more details on the new V6, and now we have them. Though official fuel consumption figures for the Canadian market have yet to be released, we can tell you that it will have a total power output of 250 hp (10 more than the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel), while torque can rise to 440 lb-ft (20 more than the RAM), and importantly hit that peak at just 1,750 RPM.
Cargo capacity, meanwhile, will be 2,020 lbs, while the truck will be able to tow up to 11,400 lbs, unprecedented for a truck in this category.
“The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”
- Dave Filipe, Ford vice president global powertrain engineering
Inheriting the technology of the 6.7L Power Stroke that propels the Ford Super Duty trucks, the 3.0L diesel engine uses the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in Ford’s 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine for greater rigidity and durability. Variable-geometry turbocharger helps provide maximal efficiency.
Unlike the competition, Ford’s Power Stroke uses a mechanical (not electric) engine-driven fan, which allows for improved performance at very high temperatures and altitudes.
The SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission was adapted specifically for use with this new engine. An automatic stop-start system has been included as well.
The 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine will be available with both 4x2 and 4x4 F-150s in the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum versions featuring SuperCab (6.5-foot beds) or SuperCrew cabs (5.5- or 6.5-ft beds).
In all, buyers will be able to choose from 6 different engines. Check out our review of the new F-150 for more info!