Ford Motor Company has been coy with details regarding its new light-duty diesel bound for the F-150, until now. The company has formally rolled out the specifications of its 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6, which include a 30 mpg fuel economy rating.
Ford says the same development that that churns out its massive 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 is behind this new 3.0-liter diesel mill as well. The team has managed to generate a diesel V-6 that will wear ratings of 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, enough to command a best-in-class towing capacity of 11,400 pounds. Payload capacity is also claimed to be best-in-class at 2,020 pounds.
Despite its impressive capabilities, Ford is bullish with the engine’s fuel economy ratings. The Blue Oval boys say the expect a 30 mpg highway rating from the EPA.
“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.”
It is worth noting that the engine has not officially been rated by the EPA just yet, but manufacturer estimates are generally spot-on to the agency’s official badge.
For now Ford has only one competitor when it comes to the half-ton diesel game, and that’s the Ram EcoDiesel. The Ram carries a maximum tow rating of 9,290 pounds and a 27 mpg highway rating, both several cogs lower than the Ford.
Interested buyers will be able to start placing orders for the F-150 diesel later this month by adding the engine to Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks. Ford says the trucks will begin arriving in dealerships later this spring.