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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 the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.

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Beechmont Ford here in Cincinnati has a couple that I know for a fact. And yes, they are the F-150 diesels. In fact, my car dealer friends say that those aren't selling well at all, so my guess is you can one for a bargain.
So just recently I did find a a 2020 F150 3.0 liter diesel at a dealership. The name excapes me. If I read the sticker right it was manufactured the last week of June.
I was looking into going from gas to diesel (I tow a boat mostly) and did some research on the Chevy and Ford. Had ONE nightmare with a dodge car and will never go back. I have always been a GM guy and looked into the 3.0 Duramax. My main concern was the use of a belt to drive the oil pump when timing, etc. is chain driven. This requires dropping the transmission/transfer case for 150K mile servicing. Any feedback on that regarding failure/engine problems or would be appreciated. I would assume this is a pretty costly service.
If Ford had any sense, which it doesn't seem to, it would put this engine in the Explorer and compete with the 2021 Tahoe. It looks like Ford doesn't care about anything but the F-150 with the stupid Eco-boost engine.
"Stupid" Ecoboost is Ford's future and they sell a ton of them. V8 is going away. It's just the way it is. Other car manufacturers will follow suit too.
the Ford Explorer competes with the Chevy Traverse. Tahoe vs. Expedition. :)
Buy the time I found one it was sold . That's been my story and I am sticking to it. Had to drive 175 miles to buy the one I got and there were 3 other people trying to buy that one. Spent 45 min hammering out the deal traded my 2012 Super Duty 250 for the 150. before I got off the lot my old truck beat me to the road on a test drive. Needless to say I've had the truck a total of four days and continue to be impressed with the fuel economy and the diesel torque. Do miss the SD but don't the fuel mileage it got but again never found anything it wouldn't pull down the road.
Thank you for this article. I bought a 2018 3.0 diesel F150 (Lariat Package). I have been 100% thrilled with it. No issues what so ever. So I too was surprised that our dealers here in Albuquerque do not have any of them on the lots. And even they don't seem to know whether production is going to be continued. Totally agree they are missing a great opportunity. But frankly at $66k I know it's for a unique buyer. Ford keeps production #'s a secret for awhile. But my ballpark guess is they sold far less than 50,000 units with this motor in the 2018 model. And if that turns out to be true I can't imagine they would stay with it. Would you know how to get that information? Thanks again.
Jimmy: I'm just curious. I bought a 2018 F-150 Power Boost brand new in February 2019. It's not a daily driver, but I will be retiring soon, and we intend on getting a smaller end bumper pull RV for trips here and there, maybe a little bit of hunting, etc... We also have inherited a smaller end pontoon boat. Both the boat as well as the future RV will fit well within the towing capacity. I got it brand new, and turned over 11,400 miles today (yes, you read that right-I have a work vehicle provided by my employer). I have had zero issues with my truck. I'm just curious if you have heard anything about BAD things with the truck. Kinda got a little nervous when I found it they're not selling it anymore. If it was just a bad seller, then it is what it is, but if there's some major flaw, I'm wondering If I should hang on and plan for the future with a different truck. I like what I have, though.
James, for what it's worth, if you love your truck and you own it you should be good to go and happy. We're in the same boat. I'm retiring and wanted a diesel 6 to pull my RV around. From everything I've read, and it's a lot, the Ford diesel is just old technology so it doesn't get anywhere near the MPG of the Ram or Chevy, and since it's pretty close to the MPG of Ford's own 3.5 Turbo, which costs less and you don't have to spend the extra for diesel fuel, DEF etc.,. it couldn't compete with their own engine offerings, so simply didn’t sell as the motor of choice when you wanted an F-150 unless you were a die hard diesel guy. No major problems with the engine that I've heard of, the 6.0L had some, but not the 3.0L that I’ve found. Nothing like the 1st generation Ram EcoBoost, which ended in legal battles. Today, I'd probably look hard at a Ram, since RVing is more fun in their way more comfy cab. The Ram engine and transmission now look pretty bullet proof, but like all Fiat's the door handles will fall off, and the electronics can be a nightmare. Chevy really needs a face lift, but their diesel is amazing. Both of those get way better MPG than Ford's diesel—but I can’t see it’s worth trading out if you love your Ford. I'm personally waiting for the hybrid, to see how that pans out, but likely will take my chances with the Ram. I'd seriously consider a Tundra, but they put their new models off until 2022 and retirement won't wait. Enjoy your retirement!!
I have one the 3.0 powerstroke diesels I just went into the dealer and told them I wanted one I had three to chose from. After 4 weeks and a twelve hundred miles of which I pulled a 18X8.2X8.5 enclosed trailer 350 of them I am impressed. My 2012 250 SD 6.7 got 15MPG highway the 150 actually beat it by 3.7MPG But then again I did not pull any hills this trip 99% of the 150 trip was flat ground but hey it did its job and never went below 75 MPH with the cruse on. As I don't do the long hauls like I used to it's a keeper.