Most gearheads find it frustrating when an auto manufacturer reserves cool options for the top trims of a certain model.

Does sir want satellite radio on a Civic? Be prepared to step up from the base trim before signing on the line that is dotted, then.

Realizing it was potentially leaving some dollars on the table with this strategy, Ford announced today its torquey new 3.0-litre diesel engine will now be available on XLT models of the 2019 F-150 pickup truck.

Previously, it was solely offered on high-zoot Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims.

Perhaps the Glass House was simply testing the waters when it introduced the diesel, hedging its bets by limiting the powertrain to models in which there is the most profit.

After all, people who tow heavy loads tend to have a few bucks—they’re in a position to have bought and paid for that horse trailer or jumbo camper, for instance. F-150 trucks equipped with the Power Stroke are rated to haul about 11,000 pounds.

By expanding it to the entire XLT line in Canada (it’ll only be available on XLT with the 302A option package in the States) Ford allows the mainstream buyer to get in on the diesel action as well. It’s a smart move, especially since Chevrolet offers their 3.0-litre inline-six oil-burner on its mid-level LT model.

The 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel engine has a single turbocharger hanging off of it and is good for 250 horsepower. Torque is rated at a heady 440 lb.-ft., all of which comes online at a barely-off-idle 1,750 rpm.

It’s worth noting that both versions of the F-150’s gas-powered 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 outstrip the diesel in torque, particular the high-output tune, which unleashes 510 lb.-ft. of twist when the driver flexes their big toe. It peaks at 3,500 rpm, exactly double the engine speed of the diesel, speaking to the signature low-end grunt of an oil-burner.

Source: Driving

May 31, 2019