What do you get when you take the design team responsible for Ford’s monstrous since 2011, a 6.7-liter diesel engine, an aluminum body truck that weighs 700 pounds less than the version before it, and a commitment to clean breathing air? Well pal, you get Ford’s new 3-liter Power Stroke® engine. Think fire-breathing dragon, but without the black smoke. Think Schwarzenegger strong, but without Mr. Freeze. Think towing trailers up a near vertical cliff face, without having to stop every time you pass a gas station. But when you think Power Stroke® engine, think about everything that went into making it the menacing paragon of performance that it is.
And yes, it’s a performer all right. 250 horses and 440 lb’s-ft of torque make an F-150 equipped with a Power Stroke® a best-in-class pickup with 11,400 pounds of towing capacity. And the best part? Thanks to a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger and common-rail fuel injection system, you are looking at reduced turbo lag, greater responsiveness, and peak torque at just 1,750 rpm—meaning you can show a little finesse and a lot of strength at the same time. The Power Stroke® itself is a gentle giant, paired to a SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission, it makes shifting gears so smooth that all your passengers can take naps while you power through the countryside. Not to mention, the aluminum ladder frame that the engine is built on minimizes vibrations and noise to ensure a quiet ride.
You might be asking yourself, “If this engine’s so great, what took ‘em so long?”
Well smart guy, pay attention and you might learn a thing or two.
When the military-grade aluminum-alloy body was introduced in 2015, it made the F-150 700 pounds lighter. This allowed the Ford engineers a bit of wiggle room to add additional technology, while retaining its exceptional towing and payload. Stronger axles keep the wheels turning, but a high-strength steel engine with high-pressure injection calibration ensures that the Power Stroke® operates quietly and with reduced emissions. A compacted-graphite iron block construction and forged-steel crank, first found in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, creates a stronger engine capable of handling diesel’s higher compression rates. Finally, a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump offer improved fuel efficiency with less parasitic engine loss.
We can ramble on all day about all of the incredible technical innovations found in the 3-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine, but this is one truck you need to get behind the wheel of to feel the difference. So if you like fuel efficiency and towing capability, with a side of reduced emissions well, you better contact Team Ford today because once the Power Stroke®-equipped F-150s land, they aren’t going to last.