• Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel Finally Debuts for 2018

Offers class-leading pulling and hauling stats

Ford has finally pulled the wraps off its long-awaited 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel for the 2018 F-150. The engine will compete directly with the Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 and General Motors’ upcoming light-duty turbodiesel anticipated for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.The addition of the Power Stroke to the F-150 lineup means six engines to choose from.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 makes an impressive 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, with torque peaking at just 1,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic with a unique calibration for diesel use. With the right truck configuration, Ford says the Power Stroke will tow 11,400 pounds and haul 2,020 pounds in the bed. That’s a full 2,190 pounds more than the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is able to tow, and 420 pounds more than the Ram can haul. Naturally, Ford is also looking to beat Ram at fuel economy, too. Ford is shooting for 30 mpg on the highway – beating the Ram by one mpg. Only the EPA’s testing will validate Ford’s engineering.

Continue reading for more information on the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke.

The First Turbodiesel in F-150 History

Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel Finally Debuts for 2018
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The 3.0-liter Power Stroke uses an old-school viscous-controlled mechanical fan rather than an electric fan

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel is full of technical achievements. The engine block is cast from compact-graphite iron – the same material Ford uses in the heavy-duty 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 found in the Super Duty lineup, as well as the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the F-150. Its crankshaft is made from forged steel for added strength and its oil pan is made from cast aluminum for added lightness.

The turbocharger is of the variable-geometry type, which boasts reduced turbo lag and the common-rail fuel system uses high-pressure injectors squirting fuel into the cylinders at 29,000 psi. But that caliber of engineering is basically commonplace in modern turbodiesel. Not common is Ford’s choice of engine fan.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke uses an old-school viscous-controlled mechanical fan rather than an electric fan. Ford says this moves more air through the radiator and prevents higher coolant temperatures, which would lead to the engine’s computer dialing back power. Electric fans have become widely used because of their efficiency thanks to the eliminated mechanical parasitic loses on the engine. Ford’s engineering and testing somehow suggest the tradeoff is worth the more consistent engine temperatures.

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The 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 makes an impressive 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, with torque peaking at just 1,750 rpm

When not pulling five tons up a six-percent grade in 100-degree heat, the viscous coupling (read: fan clutch) looses and reduces the fan’s speed and therefore the parasitic loses on the engine. The active grille shutters also work to increase aerodynamic efficiency when extra cooling isn’t needed.

Other efficiency tools include a variable-speed oil pump and the Auto Start-Stop system. Of course, having 10 speeds in the transmission helps, too. The gearbox is also able to non-sequentially shift, meaning it can skip gears when shifting to select the most appropriate gear for the situation.

Those familiar with Ford history will know the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 isn’t technically a new engine. In fact, it’s a fortified version of the 3.0-liter TD6 turbodiesel found in Jaguar Land Rover products. Even the power specs are similar. In the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport, the V-6 makes 254 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm.

But the TD6 isn’t technically a JLR engine. It belongs to Ford’s Lion engine family and dates back to 1999 with production happening in 2004. Early versions displaced 2.7 liters and a V-8 variant displaced 3.6 liters and both were made using the same compacted graphite iron. The engines are built in Ford of Europe’s Dagenham plant in the U.K. and are supplied to Jaguar Land Rover for use in their vehicles. The 2018 F-150’s version, according to a Ford representative who spoke to Truck Trend, says the Power Stroke is “designed, tested and engineered specifically for use in the F-150.”

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As for the 3.0-liter Power Stroke’s availability, Ford is offering the turbodiesel in the 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims

As for the 3.0-liter Power Stroke’s availability, Ford is offering the turbodiesel in the 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims with the SuperCab with the 6.5-foot bed and the SuperCrew with both the 5.5- and 6.5-foot beds. Both RWD and 4WD can be had. Fleet customers will have access to the Power Stroke in all trim levels, including the XL and XLT, but with the same cab and bed configurations.

Ford has not announced pricing for the 3.0-liter Power Stroke, but the order books are now open, and deliveries will begin in the spring of 2018.


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Press release

Full-size diesel truck fans have reason to celebrate this year as Ford – America’s truck sales leader – delivers the first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel with a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating, a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, plus best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

“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.”

This all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel now makes for six engine choices for F-150 customers.

F-150’s all-new Power Stroke diesel features commercial-grade design
The highly anticipated F-150 Power Stroke diesel shares proven commercial-grade technology with F-Series Super Duty’s larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke – America’s most powerful, capable heavy-duty pickup truck ever.

The very same Ford powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered this all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the specific needs of North American F-150 customers who tow and haul frequently.

Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range, which is ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances.

This new V6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for added strength and durability along with reduced weight.

For greater responsiveness and reduced turbo lag, the Ford truck team chose a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimizes performance and fuel efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000 pounds per square inch injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

Dual fuel filters are added for improved break-in, while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump mean reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency.

Engineered to tow under grueling conditions
Engineering the most efficient F-150 towing machine ever is enabled by F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, introduced in 2015. This revolutionary construction lightened the load by 700 pounds, allowing engineers to invest in additional technologies to further improve towing and payload capability, as well as greater fuel economy, even when towing. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the fully boxed, high-strength steel frame add further robustness.

The Ford truck team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions when engineering the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel, which features a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance – a key advantage versus the electric cooling fans used by competitors.

“We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.”

In more moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system backs off the fan load through a viscous coupler, closing down the two radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss.

Calibrated specifically for the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel’s low-end power and torque curves, a standard SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission maximizes shift points and gear ratios to optimize power, low-rpm torque and efficiency. This segment-exclusive transmission can non-sequentially select the right gear ratio based on need – for best-in-class performance. To help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, Auto Start-Stop also comes standard.

In testing along the legendary Davis Dam in Arizona, F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine climbed 13 miles at a 6 percent grade in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees – maintaining consistent power output throughout.

Order now for delivery this spring
In mid-January, Ford dealers begin taking orders for the 2018 F-150 with all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Deliveries begin this spring.

The all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available for both 4x2 and 4x4 F-150 pickups. Retail customers can choose this engine option for 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.

For fleet customers who use their truck for work, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine will be available on all F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed.

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