Ford has unveiled details of its new Power Stroke 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine, which will be deployed on the F-150 pick-up truck. The oil burner is the latest addition to an otherwise all-petrol range that includes the three V6 engines – 2.7 litre Ecoboost, 3.3 litre Ti-VCT and 3.5 litre EcoBoost – as well as a 5.0 litre Ti-VCT V8 .

In terms of output, the Power Stroke motor generates 250 hp and 597 Nm of torque, and is paired to a SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission. Peak torque arrives at just 1,750 rpm, with the V6 sharing the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7 litre EcoBoost engine.

Other features include a variable-geometry turbocharger, dual fuel filters, cast-aluminum oil pan, two-stage oil pump and high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system (29,000 pounds per square inch injection).

The engine has been severely tested under the most demanding conditions to ensure it performs as required. For instance, a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters are used for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance.

“We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

According to Ford, the engine shares “proven commercial-grade technology” with the larger 6.7 litre Power Stroke used in its F-Series Super Duty trucks. As a comparison, the larger Power Stroke engine outputs 450 hp and 1,268 Nm of torque.

With the Power Stroke 3.0 litre, the F-150 is expected to hit a targeted EPA-estimated 12.7 km/l (30 mpg) highway rating. It also bestows the pick-up with a claimed best-in-class towing capacity (5,170 kg) and payload capacity (916 kg).

Other feats include the ability to climb 21 km at a six percent grade in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), while maintaining consistent power output throughout. Ford tested this with a F-150 along the Davis Dam in Arizona.