Lately, the buzz around the automotive world is that the Ford Motor Company has been working on something new for the ½-ton diesel truck market. This would make sense considering the success of the EcoDiesel of the Dodge Ram’s and the 2.8-liter diesel Chevrolet Colorado. While there is no exact date the truck will be available, they will be taking orders mid-January 2018.

The Ford F series line is delivering another first–it’s all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine in the F-150, targeted to return an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway. Arriving this spring, the F-150 with 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine provides best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque and makes for a sixth engine choice for the F-150 customers.

The full-size truck customers who want strong fuel economy while towing and hauling win big; 3.0-liter Ford Power Stroke V6 diesel engine delivers best-in-class diesel towing and payload.

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.

The highly anticipated F-150 Power Stroke diesel shares proven commercial-grade technology with F-Series Super Duty’s larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The very same Ford powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered this all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the specific needs of North American F-150 customers who tow and haul frequently.

Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range, which is ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. This new V6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine for added strength and durability along with reduced weight.

For more information on the new F-150 engines, check out their website.

Like the larger 6.7-liter Power Strokes’, For truck team chose a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger (VGT) for greater responsiveness and reduced turbo lag. A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimizes performance and fuel efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000-psi injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

Calibrated specifically for the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel’s low-end power and torque curves, a standard SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission maximizes shift points and gear ratios to optimize power, low-rpm torque, and efficiency. This segment-exclusive transmission can non-sequentially select the right gear ratio based on need.

As usual, Ford produces one of the best looking interior packages available.

The all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available for both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. Retail customers can choose this engine option in 2018 for a Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration. With all of the specifications and claimed horsepower and torque numbers, this new F-150 could be a game changer.