3.0L Power Stroke Diesel

Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke Specs & Engine Information

Ford Motor Company introduced the 3.0L Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel to the Ford F-150 platform for the 2018 model year. An adaptation of Ford's 3.0L Lion V-6 (TDCI), the relatively small displacement engine is rated at 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, and is EPA rated to achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway. A weight saving compacted graphite iron engine block and aluminum alloy cylinder heads compliment the F-150's previous weight savings in their transition to an all aluminum body. The engine is coupled to a 10R80 ten speed automatic transmission co-developed by General Motors. The resulting powertrain combination provides a practical and reasonable balance between performance, fuel economy, and capability.

Ford's best-selling F-150 pickup adopted the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel for the 2018 model year. The "Power Stroke" namesake was first used by Ford following the application of International-Navistar's T444E turbodiesel to the Ford F-Series, known popularly as the 7.3L Power Stroke. 24 years later, Ford's F-150 finally has the opportunity to wear the Power Stroke badge. Ford has assured that the engine has been designed, engineered, and tested in-house, much like the 6.7L Power Stroke found in larger Super Duty models.

The Ford 10R80 automatic transmission features 10 forward speeds, the final 3 of which are overdrive ratios. Short steps between gear shifts maximize fuel economy and favorably maintain peak engine torque while driving. The transmission has a lightweight aluminum case and is produced by Ford Motor Company at the company's Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan. Sophisticated electronic controls and an adaptive shift schedule persistently adjusts shift points and quality based on real-time conditions. The transmission, which was co-developed by General Motors, is also found in various GM products.

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 alloy 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 modern equipment; a diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).


3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Specs


3.0L Power Stroke (3.0L TDCI)


Ford Motor Company

Applications/Production Years:

2018 - current Ford F-150

Engine Family:

Ford Lion engine family


3.0 liters (2.99L actual), 183 CID (182.76 ICD actual)


60° V-6

B10 Life:

Not rated

B50 Life:

Not rated


3.307 in (84.0 mm)


3.543 in (90.0 mm)

Bore/Stroke Ratio:

0.93 (undersquare)

Compression Ratio:

16.0 : 1

Firing Order:

1 - 4 - 2 - 5 - 3 - 6

3.0L Power Stroke cylinder numbers

Engine Block Material:

Compacted graphite iron (CGI)

Cylinder Head Material:

Aluminum alloy

Injection System:

Direct injection, high pressure common rail - two piston high pressure fuel pump timed to left hand intake camshaft, 29,000 psi (2000 bar) maximum injection pressure, Piezoelectric fuel injectors, low pressure fuel pump located in fuel tank


Turbocharged & intercooled - ball bearing variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), electronic VGT vane position actuator, air-to-air intercooler (charge-air-cooler)

Reciprocating Assembly:

6 bolt mains (4 vertical, 2 cross-bolt), piston cooling jets


Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters, cogged/toothed timing belt

Belt Routing:

3.0L Power Stroke serpentine belt routing diagram

Cold Start Aid(s):

Glow plugs, 1 per cylinder

Engine Oil Capacity:

6.5 quarts with filter change

Engine Oil Spec:

Ambient temp > - 20 ° F

SAE 5W-30 FA-4 (preferred for normal driving)

SAE 5W-40 CK-4 (required for "severe" duty & biodiesel)

SAE 10W-30 FA-4 (acceptable, not preferred)

Any temperature

SAE 0W-30/0W-40 CK-4 (recommended in cold weather viscosity)


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

Emissions Equipment:

Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) w/ diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)

Fuel Economy:

2018-2019 4x2 F-150

22 mpg city, 30 mpg hwy, 25 mpg combined

2018 - 2019 4x4 F-150

20 mpg city, 25 mpg hwy, 22 mpg combined


250 hp @ 3,250 RPM


440 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM

Engine Weight:

501 lbs w/ engine oil


3.0L Power Stroke Design Features

• Compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block for weight savings and superior strength; engine weight is a mere 501 lbs with engine oil

• Belt driven dual overhead camshafts and hydraulic self adjusting, maintenance free lifters

• Engine features 2 cooling fans; 1 traditional mechanical cooling fan attached to the front of the engine and a secondary electric cooling fan mounted in front of the radiator

• Piston cooling jets provide a stream of engine oil at the base of each piston during operation to lower piston temperature and promote longevity of the related components

• Belt driven, twin cylinder high pressure fuel pump located at the rear of the engine and driven by the left hand intake camshaft via cogged timing belt

• Single variable geometry turbocharger featuring a ball bearing design and electronically actuated VGT vanes

• Integrated electronically operated throttle blade assembly

• Quick starting glow plug system


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

3.0L Power Stroke horsepower and torque graph
Source - Ford Motor Company