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2021 FORD F-150 DROPS 3.0L POWERSTROKE DIESEL ENGINE

A Dealer Memo Announces The Sudden Death Of Ford’s Diesel V6 In The F-150

2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke V6
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Ford Motor Company has opted to suddenly remove the 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine option for the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck. According to a dealer memo, the diesel has been choked out by the truck’s existing 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine offerings, as well as the entry of the PowerBoost hybrid option. Add the 5.0L Coyote V8 in the mix, and there simply just might not have been enough room for the diesel in the lineup.

According to a dealer memo first posted on F-150 Gen14, final orders for the 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke will need to be placed by July 16, 2021. The memo cites both the “global semiconductor shortage, and to maximize production to meet customer demand.”

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2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Specs

The 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine in the 2021 Ford F-150 is good for 250 horsepower, and 440 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the engine can return an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, and 27 mpg highway. The highway number is the highest of the entire F-150 fleet, but the F-150 PowerBoost delivers better fuel estimated fuel economy overall (25 mpg combined vs. the diesel’s 23).

A 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel can also tow up to 12,100 pounds with the optional 3.55 gear ratio, while max payload comes in at 1,840 pounds. Both numbers vary depending on the configurations.

2021 Ford F-150 Limited With Pro Power Onboard
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3.0L V6 Diesel Faced Pricing Headwinds

The Power Stroke diesel V6 came in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, but commanded a $4,995 premium on an F-150 XL. That’s compared to $1,195 for a 2.7L V6 EcoBoost option with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft, $2,595 for a 3.5L EcoBoost with 400 hp and 510 lb-ft, and just $1,195 for the velvety power delivery of the 400 hp, 410 lb-ft 5.0L Coyote V8. Most engine prices drop by $1,195 on the 2021 F-150 Lariat SuperCab trim level, as well as upgrading to the SuperCrew bodystyle. The PowerBoost hybrid system – delivering 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque – undercuts the diesel by $500 on various trim levels where available.

In other words, the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel was the most expensive engine of the entire 2021 Ford F-150 lineup.

Couple that with hostile regulations towards diesel engines, more competitive diesel truck pricing found at General Motors, and a perceived lack of marketing for the diesel in favor of the PowerBoost hybrid and its trick 7.2 kWh onboard inverter generator, and the plucky oil burner appears to have been left with few ways to win.

F-150 Power Stroke Is Only Three Years Old

The Power Stroke V6 was only made available as recently as 2018, in the last-generation F-150. The block is made up of compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank. Adding boost to the engine is a variable-geometry turbocharger. A common-rail fuel injection system runs at 29,000 pounds per square inch injection. Dual fuel filters are added for improved break-in, while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump mean reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency.

We’ve reached out to Ford for official comment, and we’ll update this space if/when we hear back.

2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke V6 Diesel
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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