2018 F-150 3.0L Diesel Engine Called ‘Duratorq’ or ‘Lion Diesel’

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After reviewing the leaked 2018 F-150 owner’s manual, it turns out the new diesel engine is referenced by two different names. But why?

Earlier this week we told you that Ford accidentally published several specifications of the upcoming 3.0L diesel engine in the owner’s manual for the 2018 F-150. Because these types of manuals typically include specifications for the entire truck lineup, it’s not exactly surprising. What did surprise us was that Ford has yet to make an official announcement on this, which makes this online leak look 100% accidental.


Ford Truck Enthusiasts looked high and low for anything that would hint at the diesel engine’s horsepower, torque or other vital engine specifications, but we found nothing. We did find some pretty interesting bits about the new motor though — like its funky names. With clever titles like EcoBoost, Coyote and Power Stroke, we have to admit that we had fairly high hopes for the small diesel. Unfortunately, our search turned up with a funky sounding “Duratorq TDCi V6,” and a somewhat cheesy “3.0L Lion Diesel.” If we had to pick, “Lion Diesel” doesn’t sound all that bad.

Or does it? Lion Diesel, Lion Diesel, Lion Diesel. It’s definitely better than Duratorq!


Once we got over the fact that Ford chose some pretty unorthodox names, we couldn’t help but feel weirded-out about the same powerplant being referenced by two different names in the same owner’s manual. Did someone make a mistake, or are there two possible engines coming down the pipeline?

Just like we could speculate about the engine’s performance based on its previous application in Land Rover products, we could generate many unknown variables about Ford publishing two different engine names. Instead, we’re going to shut down the rumor mill and wait until Ford makes an official announcement. It could be anytime, now.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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