2018 Ford F-150, Power Stroke Diesel

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Specs, 2018 Ford F-150 Stats

Ford Motor Company has made us wait a long time for a diesel powered Ford F-150, but it has finally arrived. The new Power Stroke V-6 boasts 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque from a mere 183 cubic inches, slightly edging out their strongest competitor, FCA’s 3.0L EcoDiesel. Furthermore, the new powertrain combination is capable of 30 mpg on the highway, according to EPA ratings (ousting the EcoDiesel by a 1 mpg margin).
Note - the following information is based on preliminary specifications released by Ford Motor Company; some information may be missing or incomplete. This page will be updated as more details are released.

The new diesel from Ford will compete primarily with the EcoDiesel equipped Ram 1500, although General Motor's diesel Canyon/Colorado models and possibly the Cummins powered Nissan Titan XD attract buyers from the same pool. In the Ford F-150 (currently the only known application) the 3.0L Power Stroke marginally surpasses the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Ford achieved their 30 mpg target, edging out the EcoDiesel by 1 mpg on the highway. While this is somewhat strategic for marketing purposes, it translates to a mere 3.3% improvement over the Ram 1500's 29 mpg rating; not particularly significant.

The F-150 does have a significant advantage over the Ram 1500 in the departments of maximum tow and payload ratings, coming in at 11,400 lb towing and 2,020 lb maximum payload to the 2018 Ram 1500's 9,240 lb tow and 1,600 lb payload ratings. These figures far surpass the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon's capabilities, but don't quite reach the Nissan Titan XD's 2,420 lb payload capacity and 12,760 lb 5th wheel tow ratings. The Titan XD, however, is somewhat of an odd platform that, in our opinion, has not and will not pose a serious threat for Ford in the segment.

3.0L Power Stroke engine blocks are manufactured from weight saving compacted graphite iron, similar to that of Ford's 6.7L Power Stroke V-8. Additional weight savings are captured using cast aluminum allow cylinder heads. The 3.0L Power Stroke features a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) design with 4 valves per cylinder. Particulate and NOx emissions are controlled by routine equipment - a diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). A manual regeneration option is said to be available on certain models/applications.

Engine power is transmitted by a 10 speed automatic transmission featuring a 4.69 to 1 first gear and three separate overdrive gears, the tallest of which comes in at a 0.63 : 1 ratio. It features an integrated electric fluid pump that permits the use of stop-start technology, though we do not believe this will be used on diesel models at this time. Despite the transmissions complexity and sophistication, it requires maintenance only at 150,000 mile intervals.

The 3.0L Power Stroke will become available in the Ford F-150 in the Spring of 2018, though dealerships will begin taking orders by the end of January. It will be available in both two wheel and four wheel drive drivetrains in Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims in SuperCrew (5.5 or 6.5 foot bed) and SuperCab (6.5 foot bed only) configurations. The Power Stroke will not be available in single cab models of any trim, nor any truck in XL or XLT trim.

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Specs


3.0L Power Stroke Turbodiesel


60° V-6


183 CID, 3.0 liters

Firing Order:

1 - 4 - 2 - 5 - 3 - 6

Bore Dia:

3.31" (84.0 mm)

Stroke Length:

3.54" (90.0 mm)

Engine Block Material:

CGI (compacted graphite iron)

Cylinder Head Material:

Aluminum alloy

Compression Ratio:

16.0 : 1

Injection System:

Direct injection, 29,000 psi high pressure common rail


Single variable geometry turbocharged (VGT), intercooled


Dual overhead camshafts (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder

Emissions System:

Diesel particulate filter (DPF), high pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR, DEF)

DEF Tank Capacity:

5.625 gallons

Engine Oil Capacity:

7.4 U.S. qts w/ filter change


250 hp @ 3,250 rpm


440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Fuel Economy:

30 mpg hwy, 22 mpg city, 25 mpg combined


Ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD), biodiesel blend up to B20

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Horsepower and Torque Curve

At full load, peak engine torque is produced at 1,750 rpm and, according to Ford's torque curve, is maintained until 2,250 rpm. It then appears to taper off slowly as horsepower builds steadily through 3,250 rpm.

3.0L Power Stroke diesel horsepower and torque curves

2018 Ford F-150 diesel horsepower and torque curves
Source - Ford Motor Company

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Oil Viscosity Chart

Temperature Range



- 20 ° F +

SAE 5W-30 FA-4

Preferred for normal usage

- 20 ° F +

SAE 10W-30 FA-4

Acceptable viscosity

- 20 ° F +

SAE 5W-40 CK-4

Required for severe duty and biodiesel use

Any temperature

SAE 0W-30/0W-40 CK-4

Acceptable viscosity, not preferred to above grades; required for temperatures < - 20 ° F

3.0L Power Stroke vs Gas EcoBoost V6 and 5.0L V8


3.3L Ti-VCT

2.7L EcoBoost V-6

3.5L EcoBoost V-6

5.0L Ti-VCT V-8

3.0L Power Stroke


204 CID

164 CID

213 CID

307 CID

183 CID


290 hp @ 6,500 rpm

325 hp @ 5,000 rpm

375 hp @ 5,000 rpm

395 hp @ 5,750 rpm

250 hp @ 3,250 rpm


265 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

400 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Fuel Economy:*

19 city, 25 hwy mpg

20 city, 26 hwy mpg

18 city, 25 hwy mpg

17 city, 23 hwy mpg

30 mpg hwy target

Max Payload:

1,990 lbs

2,470 lbs

3,230 lbs

3,270 lbs

2,020 lbs

Max Towing:

7,600 lbs

8,500 lbs

13,200 lbs

11,600 lbs

11,400 lbs

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year/60,000 miles

5 year/60,000 miles

5 year/60,000 miles

5 year/60,000 miles

5 year/100,000 miles

* 4x2 models, max MPG available. F-150 models equipped with the 3.0L Power Stroke had not yet been rated by the EPA at time of publishing and thus Ford's "target" mpg was use for comparison purposes.

The diesel powered F-150 will lead the pack in fuel economy but won't be the mule in the platform's workforce - both the 5.0L and 3.5L EcoBoost equipped trucks feature higher (albeit marginal in some instances) payload and tow capacities. This is do in part to the diesels additional weight; despite its CGI engine block and aluminum cylinder heads, the diesel comes with additional heft from its DEF tank and emissions equipment. Neither come close to the Power Stroke's targeted fuel economy and thus, in a sense, the Power Stroke is an economical balance between weekend warrior and daily driver (negating its premium over gas engine options). One most also take into account DEF usage, which can only be estimated as it varies considerably based on driving conditions and habits.

The new Power Stroke outshines the other engines in low end torque, peaking at 1,750 RPM and maintaining its peak torque through 2,250 RPM, at which point torque drops favorably slow as it approaches the top end of its operating range. The 10 speed transmission is standard on the Power Stroke, 2.7L EcoBoost V-6, 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, and 5.0L V-8, meaning that three of Ford's four gas engine options take advantage of its three overdrive gears to reduce engine RPM under cruising conditions and maximize fuel economy. The diesel's 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is notable as it far exceeds the 60,000 mile warranty limit of the F-150's gasoline engine options.