3.0L Power Stroke Diesel

3.0L Power Stroke Specs & Information (Ford F-150)

Ford Motor Company introduced the 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel to the fullsize Ford F-150 platform for the 2018 model year. An adaptation of Ford's 3.0L Lion V-6 (TDCI), the relatively small engine is rated at 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, and is EPA rated to achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway. A weight saving compacted graphite iron engine block and aluminum alloy cylinder heads compliment the F-150's previous weight savings in their transition to an all aluminum body. The engine is backed by the 10R80 ten speed automatic transmission co-developed by General Motors. The resulting powertrain combination provides a practical and reasonable balance between performance, fuel economy, and capability.

Ford F-150 Finally Receives Diesel Powertrain

Ford's best-selling F-150 pickup adopted the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel for the 2018 model year. The "Power Stroke" namesake was first used by Ford following the introduction of International-Navistar's T444E to F-250/F-350/F-Super Duty models, known Worldwide as the 7.3L Power Stroke. 24 years later, Ford's F-150 finally has the opportunity to wear the Power Stroke badge. Ford has assured that the engine has been designed, engineered, and tested in-house, much like their 6.7L Power Stroke found in larger Super Duty models. Ford's primary competitor in the segment is FCA's Ram 1500 pickup powered by the VM Motori 3.0L EcoDiesel (also available in Jeep Grand Cherokee models). A properly equipped Ford F-150 powered by the 3.0L diesel is rated to tow up to 11,400 lbs and haul up 2,020 lbs of payload. The engine is available in two (2x4) and four wheel drive (4x4) drivetrain configurations and SuperCrew/SuperCab designs in select trims; a single cab model is not available with the diesel option.

Ford 10R80 10 Speed Automatic Transmission Ratios














4.69 : 1

2.99 : 1

2.15 : 1

1.80 : 1

1.52 : 1

1.28 : 1

1.00 : 1

0.85 : 1

0.69 : 1

0.64 : 1

4.87 : 1

The Ford 10R80 automatic transmission features 10 forward speeds, the final 3 of which are overdrive ratios. Short steps between gear shifts maximize fuel economy and favorably maintain peak engine torque while driving. The transmission has a lightweight aluminum case and is produced by Ford Motor Company at the company's Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan. Sophisticated electronic controls and an adaptive shift schedule persistently adjusts shift points and quality based on real-time conditions. The transmission, which was co-developed by General Motors, is also found in various GM products.

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Specs

Engine Name:

3.0L Power Stroke (3.0L TDCI, 3.0L Lion)

Engine Family:

Ford Lion engine family


60° V-6


2018 Ford F-150


3.0 liters (2.99L actual), 183 CID (182.76 actual)

Firing Order:


Cylinder Numbers (Locations):

3.0L Power Stroke cylinder numbers and locations

Engine Block Material:

Compacted graphite iron (CGI)

Cylinder Head Material:

Aluminum alloy

Compression Ratio:

16.0 : 1

Cylinder Bore:

3.307 in (84.0 mm)

Cylinder Stroke:

3.543 in (90.0 mm)

Belt Routing:

3.0L Power Stroke belt routing diagram


Turbocharged & intercooled - ball bearing variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), air-to-air intercooler

Fuel Injection System:

Direct injection, high pressure common rail - two piston high pressure fuel pump timed to left hand intake camshaft, 29,000 psi (2000 bar) maximum injection pressure, Piezo electric fuel injectors, low pressure fuel pump located in fuel tank


Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters, cogged/toothed timing belt

Main Bearing Caps:

6 bolt mains (4 vertical, 2 cross-bolt)

Engine Oil Capacity:

7.4 qts w/ filter

Engine Oil Specification:

SAE 5W-30 API FA-4 preferred under normal driving conditions (not compatible with earlier API CK-4, CJ-4, CI-4, CH-4 engine oils)

Engine Weight:

501 lbs w/ engine oil

Emissions Components:

Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) w/ diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)

Peak Rated Horsepower:

250 hp @ 3,250 rpm (horsepower/torque curve located below)

Peak Rated Torque:

440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm (horsepower/torque curve located below)


Ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD), up to B20 biodiesel compatible

Fuel Economy:

25 mpg combined, 22 mpg city, 30 mpg hwy (properly equipped Ford F-150)

3.0L Power Stroke Horsepower & Torque Curves

3.0L Power Stroke horsepower and torque curve graph/chart

Horsepower and torque curves for the Ford 3.0L Power Stroke diesel

3.0L Power Stroke Design Features

• Compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block for weight savings and superior strength; engine weight is a mere 501 lbs with engine oil.

• Belt driven dual overhead camshafts and hydraulic (self adjusting, maintenance free) lifters.

• Engine features 2 cooling fans; 1 traditional mechanical cooling fan attached to the front of the engine and a secondary electric cooling fan mounted in front of the radiator.

• Piston cooling jets inject engine oil at the base of each piston during operation to lower piston temperature and promote longevity of the related components.

• Belt driven, twin cylinder high pressure fuel pump located at the rear of the engine and driven by the left hand intake camshaft via cogged timing belt.

• Single variable geometry turbocharger featuring a ball bearing design and electronically actuated VGT vanes.

• Integrated electronically operated throttle blade assembly.

• Sophisticated exhaust aftertreatment system including a diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction system requiring the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to minimize particulate and NOx emissions.

• Quick starting glow plug system.