No More Diesel: Ford Discontinues the F-150's Powerstroke Diesel Engine Option
You only have until the end of the week to place an order for a Powerstroke Diesel F-150.
The Ford F-150 offers the most complete lineup of engines in its class, and when Ford debuted the all-new, fourteenth-generation 2021 F-150 in the Summer of 2020, there were rumors that it wouldn't offer a diesel engine option. Fortunately, Ford continued to offer a diesel powertrain on the all-new F-150, but unfortunately, Ford has announced that it would be dropping the F-150's 3.0L Powerstroke Turbodiesel V6 engine, effective immediately. Read on to find out more about the discontinuation of the diesel engine option on the most popular full-size pickup truck in North America. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
First, let's discuss the diesel engine option on the 2021 Ford F-150. First debuting for the 2019 model year, the diesel engine option, known as the "Powerstroke", displaced 3.0L, and featured a turbocharger. Power output was 250 horsepower, and 440 lb. ft. of torque, and F-150s equipped with the diesel engine could tow up to 11,500 lbs., which was significantly more than any of the truck's gasoline engine options. This engine carried over onto the all-new, fourteenth-generation Ford F-150, and has been available up until now. Unfortunately, the diesel engine option has declined in popularity, hence Ford's decision to discontinue it in favor of the hybrid gasoline/electric "PowerBoost" powertrain option, as well as the upcoming all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning EV. If you wish to order a new 2021 Ford F-150 with the 3.0L Powerstroke Turbodiesel V6 engine, you have until the end of this week to place your order, as Ford will be dropping the diesel engine indefinitely at that time.
Even with the 3.0L Powerstroke Turbodiesel V6 engine discontinued, the 2021 Ford F-150 will continue to offer one of the most diverse engine lineups in the full-size pickup truck class. The F-150's engine lineup starts with a naturally-aspirated 3.3L "Cyclone" V6 gasoline engine, producing 290 horsepower, and 265 lb. ft. of torque, which is right on par with other V6 engines in its class. Buyers can also step up to a 2.7L Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine, which produces 325 horsepower, and 400 lb. ft. of torque. Next up in the F-150's engine lineup is a 3.5L Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine, producing 400 horsepower, and 500 lb. ft. of torque, which surpasses RAM's naturally-aspirated 5.7L HEMI V8 gasoline engine in the 1500. There's also a naturally-aspirated 5.0L "Coyote" V8 gasoline engine that is FlexFuel-capable to run on either gasoline or E85 Ethanol, and produces 400 horsepower and 410 lb. ft. of torque. The 2021 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor features the same 3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 gasoline engine as all other F-150's, but produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb. ft. of torque (50 more horsepower and 10 more lb. ft. of torque than the standard 3.5TT EcoBoost gasoline V6 engine). The most powerful engine in the 2021 Ford F-150 is Ford's 3.5L "PowerBoost" Turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with a hybrid electric motor, which together produce 430 horsepower, and 570 lb. ft. of torque. Starting with the 2022 model year, the Ford F-150 Lightning EV will be all-electric, featuring up to 563 horsepower and up to 775 lb. ft. of torque, with up to 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. Except for the Lightning EV, all Ford F-150 models are paired with a Ford and General Motors (GM) co-developed "10R80" ten-speed automatic transmission. While the 2021 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and Tremor and 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV feature standard Four Wheel Drive (4WD), Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) is standard on all other models, with Four Wheel Drive (4WD) being optional. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will feature a single-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Ford F-150, in addition to featuring one of the most diverse powertrain lineups in its class, also features one of the most diverse trim level lineups. Trim levels on the 2021 Ford F-150 include base XL, mid-level XLT, luxurious Lariat, off-road-ready Tremor, Baja-inspired SVT Raptor, Western-themed King Ranch, loaded Platinum, and ultra-luxurious Limited, and 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV lineup consists of base Pro, mid-level XLT, luxurious Lariat, and loaded Platinum. Ford builds the F-150 at one of its two assembly plants in Dearborn, Michigan (known as the "Rogue Complex"), or Kansas City, Missouri, both located in North America. The Ford F-150 is available in two-door Regular Cab, four-door Super (Extended) Cab, or four-door SuperCrew (Crew) Cab configuration, with three different pickup box (bed) lengths, depending upon the configuration selected. The 2021 Ford F-150 starts at $29,290 for a base XL 2DR Regular Cab 4X2 model with no options and the base 3.3L "Cyclone" naturally-aspirated V6 gasoline engine, and climbs to $80,670 for a fully-loaded Limited 4DR SuperCrew Cab 4X4 with the 3.5L "PowerBoost" Twin-Turbocharged V6 gasoline/electric hybrid engine. 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pricing will start at around $40,000 for a base Pro model when it goes on sale in the Fall of 2021. What do you think of Ford's decision to discontinue the 3.0L Powerstroke Turbodiesel V6 engine option in the 2021 F-150? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!