Ford Motor Co. revealed that it will be offering a new Power Stroke 3.0-liter V6 engine for its F-150 trucks. With this addition, customers now have a total of six choices for the engine of the F-150.
The new engine is capable of delivering 250 hp with peak torque of 440 lb.-ft., figures that customers are sure to love. Fuel efficiency meanwhile is expected to be at an EPA-estimated value of 30 mpg highway. Towing capacity is projected to be the best for its segment at 11,400 lbs. with payload capacity measured to be at 2,020 lbs.
This latest engine was designed by none other than the same powertrain team responsible for coming up with the Power Stroke 6.7-liter engine used in Ford’s Super Duty trucks going back as far as 2011. The new engine was developed in order to meet the specific demands of F-150 customers in North America. These are customers that haul and tow more frequently compared to customers in other markets. Proof of this is the fact that the maximum torque is accessible at 1,750 rpm, with strong torque being delivered all across the rpm range. These features make the F-150 the best vehicle to haul, or even tow, heavy loads across long distances.
For this new engine, the team utilized a variable-geometry high-efficiency turbocharger in order to lower any turbo lag and increase the responsiveness. Adding in a common-rail fuel injection system has resulted in optimizing both the fuel efficiency and performance. Further, the injection calibration that allows for a high-pressure of 29,000 lbs. per square inch not only means quieter and smoother operation but also lowers emissions. The team also put in dual fuel filters in order to enhance the break-in. The two-stage oil pump and cast-aluminum oil pan allowed for better fuel efficiency while reducing any parasitic loss.
In terms of composition, the new engine has a forged-steel crank and the iron block compacted-graphite material construction. These are the same ones used in the EcoBoost 2.7-liter engine. It helps lower the weight but at the same time offers better durability and strength.
Ford diesel engine technical specialist David Ives said that most diesel engines that have electric cooling fans generally lower power when experiencing extreme altitude and heat. However for this new engine, he added, the team went for viscous-controlled mechanical fan. This fan, he continued, could move more air across the intercooler and radiator even in extreme conditions. Owners therefore can experience more passing capability and more power despite the harsh conditions.
Ford Vice-President for Global Powertrain Engineering Dave Filipe meanwhile said that every truck owner wanted an engine that can offer excellent fuel economy as they haul and tow. The new Power Stroke engine, he added, delivers just that.
Ford will be accepting orders for the new engine in mid-January with deliveries set to start this spring.