This spring, the Ford F-150 is finally getting a diesel engine. It’s the first time the best-selling truck in the country has sported a diesel and Ford made sure it’s something to get truck buyers excited.
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission calibrated specifically to handle the low-end power and torque curves of the diesel. This marks the sixth engine option for the F-150, so there’s now a version of this truck to make pretty much everyone happy.
The new diesel powertrain was engineered by the same team that worked on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke found in Ford’s super duty trucks. It’s focused to fit the needs of customers who expect their trucks to do serious work.
It has the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank as the 2.7-liter EcoBoost for improved durability without added weight. There’s a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger for reduced turbo lag and a common-rail fuel injection system to improve fuel efficiency.
Although official numbers haven’t been released, Ford is aiming for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway. What is official is a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity along with a 2,020 payload.
“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “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.”
Ford paid extra attention to ensuring its truck is ready for extreme driving conditions. This model year sees stronger axles and a fully boxed high-strength steel frame. The diesel also has a premium mechanical engine-drive fan and dual radiator shutters to manage high temperature, high-altitude performance.
“We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.”
Available in a wide range of trim levels, dealers will start taking orders for the new Ford F-150 diesel in the middle of this month.