Say goodbye to this oil burner.
The Ford F-150 PowerBoost, aka the hybrid, and the upcoming F-150 Lightning EV are the present and future of the F-Series lineup. That said, a certain engine type will soon no longer be needed, at least for the F-150. Ford Authority claims it's learned from unspecified sources the Blue Oval has plans to drop the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6 from the lineup in the near future. An exact date was not provided.
Introduced only in 2018, the Power Stroke had best-in-class 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque and returned an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating. Buyers were also treated to best-in-class towing capacity (11,400 pounds) and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity.
The report didn't provide an exact reason for the oil burner's retirement but is likely due to simply having too many engines offered for the best-selling pickup truck. Not including the new Lightning, there are currently six powerplants available.
Dropping the only diesel option will leave the 3.3-liter Duratec V6 with 290 hp and 265 lb-ft, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 (325 hp and 400 lb-ft), the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 (400 hp and 410 lb-ft), 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 (400 hp and 500 lb-ft), and the PowerBoost V6 hybrid (430 hp and 570 lb-ft). Going by these figures, you can see the Power Stroke offers less power than the EcoBoost V6 and PowerBoost V6, though it does have more low-end torque.
Efficiency-wise, the new hybrid has got the oil burner beat; 24 mpg combined with four-wheel drive versus 23 mpg combined, also with 4WD. Also worth pointing out is pricing. The Power Stroke is actually $500 more expensive than the PowerBoost. Again, we don't know yet whether the diesel is gone for the upcoming model year or if it'll be more gradually phased out.
The larger F-250 and F-350 Super Duty models will retain their 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine (of which the smaller 3.0-liter shares some technologies), for the foreseeable future. In the long run, however, the F-150 Lightning represents what's to come for the entire F-Series lineup. The 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke just happens to be the first victim of full-on electrification.