3.0L Power Stroke Diesel

Ford F-150 Getting 3.0L V-6 Diesel for 2018 Model Year Update

Ford fans can rejoice, a diesel engine option for the Ford F-150 has officially been announced, albeit with little details. While Ford promised, what seems like eons ago, that the F-150 would see a diesel added to its engine lineup they've officially announced that the company's namesake 1/2 ton pickup will see the addition for the 2018 model year. The F-150 is also scheduled for a minor update or "refresh" that includes light aesthetic treatments for 2018, adopting a new front end design that resembles that of the 2017 Super Duty. A smaller gasoline V-6 and standard 10 speed automatic transmission across all engine platforms sum up the significant changes for 2018.

As the industry has long speculated, the F-150 is likely to adopt an adaption of the company's 3.0L "Lion" V-6. However, Ford has referred to the upcoming North American version of the engine as the 3.0L Power Stroke. Adopting the "Power Stroke" namesake has obvious advantages, considering that the brand has built a (mostly) positive reputation since 1994, when the venerable 7.3L Power Stroke was introduced to the Ford F-250/F-350. Additionally, Ford's own 6.7L Power Stroke is as successful as, if not more successful than any previous diesel engine to wear the Power Stroke badge with honor.

Ford's announcement of the 3.0L Power Stroke included a statement assuring the new engine was designed, engineered, and tested in-house, concluding that the debuting engine platform would be a genuine Ford product and not an integration of another manufacturer's design. It has yet to be announced where the new Power Stroke will be produced, but based on the engine's current applications in global markets we'd suggest that Ford has an overseas facility prepared to pick up production. Then again, the post-2016 economic and political climate may lure production to the heartland of American automobile manufacturing.

The engine will primarily compete against FCA's 3.0L EcoDiesel, which is currently available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500. The 3.0L Power Stroke could theoretically be a more potent, capable option than the EcoDiesel considering Ford's lightweight, all aluminum F-150 platform. Then again, the mini Power Stroke will have big shoes to fill considering the EcoDiesel has earned EPA fuel economy ratings up to 29 mpg on the highway. While the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon reside in an entirely differently segment than the 1/2 ton F-150, their 2.8L Duramax presents competition nonetheless; the little 4 cylinder is capable of an EPA rated 30 mpg on the highway and can tow more 7,000 lbs, properly equipped.

Few details are known about the upcoming Power Stroke, however Ford has announced that the engine will feature a 10 speed automatic transmission and come standard with start-stop technology; as will all engines in the F-150s lineup. Such technology coupled with an efficient 10 speed transmission wrapped in a lightweight aluminum package may very well give the F-150 its edge against the current market leader. In the end, capability will play a critical role in interest garnered by the 3.0L Power Stroke. At the very least, Ford will need to match the EcoDiesel's fuel economy ratings and Ram 1500's towing/payload capacities in order to generate a dominate breakthrough into otherwise unchartered territory. Then again, even if a diesel powered F-150 does not pull away potential EcoDiesel buyers, Ford should have no problem selling the long awaited concept.

Presumed 3.0L Power Stroke Specs

The following specifications are based on Ford's 3.0L Lion V-6. Actual specifications may vary. Chart will be updated as details are released.

Engine:

3.0L Power Stroke, 60° V-6

Release Date:

2018 model year (anticipated Fall 2017)

Displacement:

3.0 liters, 183 cid

Block/Head Material:

Compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block, aluminum alloy cylinder heads

Compression Ratio:

TBA

Bore:

3.31" (84.0 mm)

Stroke:

3.54" (90.0 mm)

Aspiration:

Variable geometry turbocharger, intercooled

Injection:

Direct injection, high pressure common rail, piezo electric injectors

Valvetrain:

Dual overhead camshafts (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder (4v)

Peak Horsepower:

TBA, estimated 250 hp

Peak Torque:

TBA, estimated 450 lb-ft