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News Ford Dropping Power Stroke Diesel: Report

Ford Dropping Power Stroke Diesel: Report

No room for diesel amid growing electrification?

  • The F-150’s 3.0L diesel set to be dropped from lineup

  • Diesel already lacking key features like Pro Power Onboard


Just four years after it was introduced, it appears that Ford is already set to drop the Powerstroke diesel engine from the F-150 pickup. It would still leave Ford with a wide array of available engines, but nothing with the signature diesel clatter.

The 3.0L Power Stroke is disappearing “in the near future,” reports Ford Authority. The diesel V6 was launched for the 2018 model year Ford F-150 and offered horsepower that was well under even the naturally aspirated gas V6 with torque that was much better than the 5.0L V8 but not quite up to the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 or hybrid.

With the addition of the 3.5L Powerboost hybrid V6, the 2021 Ford F-150 lineup was massive, including the 3.3L gas V6, 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 5.0L V8, 3.5L EcoBoost, the diesel and the hybrid. With an electric pickup arriving shortly, the Power Stroke no longer fits.

Ford has already cut back on options for the truck. It’s not offered with the extended range fuel tank, and it is not offered with the Pro Power Onboard electric system that is offered on all gas trucks. The diesel is also more expensive than the hybrid, and offers slightly worse combined fuel consumption ratings.

We expect the F-150 engine range to continue to shrink as Ford moves to electrification. At some point, the need to meet fuel economy standards and the availability of the EV Ford Lightning will likely make at least one or two more gas engines unviable.

 

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