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Ford May Not Produce The 3.0-liter Diesel Power Stroke For Next-Generation F-150

Baby Power Stroke diesel engine for Ford F-150 expanded Ford’s pickup truck offering, but will it stick around? Small diesel engine for F-150 is part of “truck for every customer” plan. Offers big towing capability in fuel-efficient way.

Have you noticed how the Power Stroke engines (all engines for that matter) keep getting smaller and smaller? When Ford introduced their smallest diesel engine ever, and first for the 2018 F-150, there were plenty of skeptics. Those same skeptics likely pushed back against Ford’s Ecoboost engines too.

Many old-school truck owners are stuck in their ways. Engines must be big and they must be V8. Or if they’re diesel, they must be big and loud. So, Ford has gone against that grain for several years now when it comes to the current generation F-150. Adding a diesel engine option for the F-150 only made good sense to me.

However, rumors swirl that this small diesel engine will not be part of the next-generation F-150. If that’s the case, I believe Ford is missing a good opportunity to offer a fuel-efficient, towing beast.

A Truck For Every Customer
When Ford introduced the 2018 Ford F-150 with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbocharged diesel, it was marketed under a smart and savvy campaign entitled: “A Truck For Every Customer”. And really, that’s what the 3.0-liter Power Stroke.

Sure it’s a response/reaction to Ram’s EcoDiesel pickup that they launched, but the baby Power Stroke has a lot of merit too.

“For every truck owner who craves strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we have a new 3.0L Power Stroke V6 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.”

Specs for Ford F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke
This engine was designed and engineered by the same team who developed the 6.7-liter big Power Stroke engine found in the Super Duty line.

The V6 turbocharged 3.0-liter Power Stroke was created with a reduced weight (thus improved fuel economy) and a high-density variable-geometry turbocharger. The end result is less turbo lag and more immediate responsiveness off the line. It has an output ratio of 16:1.

The baby Power Stroke is part of the stellar Ford Lion engine family which has been used in Europe for many years Land Rover vehicles.
Further reduction in weight for the engine comes from cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads. The engine’s total weight is 501 pounds with engine oil.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel Power Stroke generates 250 horsepower and an impressive 440 pound-feet of torque. When paired with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, it has a towing capability of 11,440 pounds.

The most impressive stat from this engine is the fuel economy which has 22 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway (in two-wheel drive) and 20 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway (in four-wheel drive).

What Ford F-150 Trims Are Available With the 3.0-liter Diesel?
When it was initially launched in 2018, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke was only available on the top trims. This upset some Ford truck consumers as there was interest in this powertrain, but many could not afford the Lariat, King Ranch or Platinum trims.

Ford changed that for the 2019 model line, making the turbodiesel available on the most popular trim the XLT. It is available on these trims in both the United States and Canada.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine is also available in both truck bed configurations in both the 5.5-foot and 6.5-foot as well as SuperCab trucks a 6.5-foot bed. Additionally, it’s available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

How Much Does the 3.0-Liter Power Stroke Ford F-150 Cost?
Under the most popular configuration, which his XLT trim with 4WD and a 6.5-foot box, the 2020 F-150 with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke starts at $41,095 for the SuperCab and $45,770 for the SuperCrew. It shows as a $4000 option for other trims for the 2020 model year.

Is Ford Going To Continue The 3.0-liter Power Stroke?
There are rumors that Ford may already be phasing out this engine. When I asked Ford if this was true, I was told no comment. If it’s true, that would be sad as it had a decent following amongst owners who tow a lot, as it offers fuel economy over long trips.

It’s less popular for just the weekend warriors or the daily drivers. Plus, with the Ram pushing the EcoDiesel, it would be ill-advised for Ford to abandon it and let Ram take that market. General Motors announced a delay in their baby Power Stroke rival as they said their inline six-cylinder diesel won’t be available until later in the 2020 model year for some Silverado and Sierra trims. Only time will tell if Ford will continue this niche engine. The 3.0-liter Power Stroke is an impressive engineering marvel for Ford. It should be highlighted and not reduced to an also-ran option or shoved aside as a short-lived option.

Did you read my article on the programs Ford is offering new-car buyers right now? Also, be sure to keep up on the frozen door lock issue going on with current-generation Ford F-150 trucks. And follow all F-150 news, right here on Torque News.

Leave me a comment below about whether you think the 3.0-liter should be continued.

Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. In addition to being a nationally syndicated automotive columnist, Jimmy is also author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, and Twitter.

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I ordered a 3.0 liter F150 end of October 2019. Ford never delivered the vehicle and offered no explaination for the delay other than the engine was delayed. I changed the engine to a 5.0 liter and got a VIN a week later. To my knowledge Ford has not built any 2020 3.0 liter F150's zero. They will offer no explaination. They may have already discontinued the 3.0 liter.
Hmmm, interesting. To my knowledge, it's not discontinued for 2020.
Why do they think the people who need/want the capacity to tow would buy the 60-100 thou trucks? Entry level trucks are what companies and contractors buy as work trucks
I hear this type of comment a lot and it certainly seems to have merit, yet year after year, truck prices go up and year after year people keep buying them. So they haven't priced themselves out yet.
Wow, this was disappointing to read, but it makes sense. I agree with James about work trucks. But,now I use my truck to pull a <8,000# travel trailer and was about to pull the trigger on the Ram 1500 Eco Diesel, primarily for the Eco Diesel and a way more comfortable cabin. I put the brakes on (to the dismay of the salesman), with the announcement by Ford that they were launching April 29th a resign with cabin upgrades. I have always loved my Ford trucks and have not had much luck with Dodge, but if Ford is abandoning the Power Stroke, I guess I'll reluctantly go make my salesman happy after a stop by the Silverado store, which I recall as a pretty rustic cabin. (If we can ever go outside again, that is.). Thanks for the article.
Unconfirmed that the Baby Power Stroke will be discontinued. It's still available for now. But it's definitely not selling well.
The silverado 3.0 is a great truck and gets good gas milage. I"ve had mine since November 19 and have loved it! The only problem is that I've had to take it in for recalls, which is fancy for updating the computer module in the truck. Other than that, its been a great-great truck. The Ram Ecodisel is also a great truck but after researching everything under the moon on both these trucks, the Chevy came out ahead by a slight margin. Ram has it beat in one category...the cabin is absolutely amazing. But if you factor in resale and how they hold their value, Chevy wins in a landslide. I did however want to get a Ford 3.0 Disel but they didn't have any of the body styles I had in stock and was told they phased them out for 2020. Best of luck!
Jimmy can you confirm that Ford has produced or sold even one 2020 F150 diesel. It certainly is not on there configurator in the US. It's still on the Canadian version.
I am trying to find that out. Ford has not responded to my inquiries.
I also ordered a F-150 Lariat, with 3.0L diesel 10/15/19. Had the same experience as Mark Nemec. Was never able to get answer about when it was to start production. When Ford shut down because of the virus and a possible delay of several months I cancelled my order. Now looking at 2021 Ram 1500 diesel.
The EcoDiesel is amazing!
Good for you Dwight. I wonder how many others had a similar experience. I'll probably do the same. I did see a 2021 Ford plan that called for a 3.0 liter diesel in the lineup.