At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Ford announced that it would offer a 3.0-liter V6 diesel in the 2018 F-150. Today, the company has revealed the full specifications for the newest, smallest Power Stroke motor, with 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, an estimated 30 MPG on the highway, and 11,400 lbs of towing capacity.
These figures are best-in-class, says Ford, though it’s worth noting that the class is rather small. The only other half-ton pickup to offer a diesel engine is the 240-horsepower, 420 lb-ft Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and as Jalopnik notes, that engine still isn’t listed on the EPA’s website for the 2018 model year. (Perhaps this is related to the EPA’s revelation last year that Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups using the 3.0-liter turbodiesel might have employed a VW-style emissions cheating device?) For comparison, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel achieves 27 MPG on the highway and tows 9290 lbs.
The diesel F-150 won’t be the towing champion of Ford’s light-duty lineup. With an 11,400-lb max, the diesel tows 200 lbs less than an F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8; the champion drivetrain is still the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, with an impressive 13,200-lb towing max. The diesel’s 2020 lb. payload capacity lags behind the 3.5 EcoBoost’s 3230 lbs and the 5.0-liter V8’s 3270 lbs.
The F-150 Diesel’s 250 hp arrives at 3200 rpm, while all 440 lb-ft is available between 1750 and 2250 rpm. The engine uses a variable-geometry turbocharger, and shares its block material and crankshaft construction with Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6.
Trucks.com reports this engine is an updated version of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 offered in various Jaguar-Land Rover products, first offered when Ford owned Land Rover. While power output is similar to the 3.0 diesel available in some Land Rover models, Ford Power Stroke engineers optimized the pickup motor and drivetrain for truck duty.
The F-150 Diesel will utilize a new 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM. Interestingly, Automotive News reports that the diesel will only be offered on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims for regular customers—if you want a lower-spec F-150 Diesel XL or XLT, you’ll need to be a fleet buyer. You can have your diesel F-150 in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration in two- or four-wheel drive.
Regarding pricing, a Ford spokesperson told us that the 3.0-liter diesel costs $4000 more than the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and $2400 more than the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Ford dealers will begin taking F-150 Diesel orders later this month, with production commencing in the spring.