Ford and its competition in the truck market have long made it so that if you want certain options, you have to buy certain trim levels. Bundling options isn’t something that buyers are happy about and means that people often end up buying packages with features in them they don’t want to get the feature they do want. The Ford Power Stroke 3.0-liter diesel V6 is a perfect example.
If you wanted to buy a Ford F-150 diesel, you had to purchase the F-150 in either Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trim levels. The only other way to get the diesel engine in other trims was to buy as a fleet customer who could opt for diesel power elsewhere. Ford has now announced that buyers wanting a Ford F-150 diesel truck can get the 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine on the XLT trim.
The F-150 XLT is Ford’s volume trim truck, and while the pricing tool online wasn’t open as of yesterday, the order banks were open meaning you could go straight to the dealer and order a Ford F-150 diesel in XLT trim. Ford’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel in the F-150 makes 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque and is paired with Ford’s ubiquitous 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.0-liter Power Stroke is rated for 30 mpg by the EPA. The starting price for a Ford F-150 XLT with the Power Stroke engine is $46,255 and requires the buyer to add the 302A package. The power Stroke option is only available on the XLT SuperCab and SuperCrew. We figure that the SuperCab might be the better option for some buyers.
Ford offers multiple engine options on the F-150 including a naturally-aspirated 3.3-liter V6 engine, a turbo 2.7-liter V6, an EcoBoost 3.5L V6 in several power ratings, and a 5.0-liter V8. Anyone wanting diesel power in a half-ton truck, and wanting to buy new right now only has Ford as an option. Diesel power for the Chevy and GMC trucks has been delayed until the 2020 model year.
Source: The Drive