Ford Motor Co. is upping the ante in the diesel truck market to the tune of 560 ft.-lbs. of torque at 2,000 rpm with its all-new Power Stroke Diesel engine and five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. This is an increase of 10 ft.-lbs. since the powertrain's pre-introduction in May. Available early next year in Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks and Excursion SUV models, the powertrain also will produce 325 hp at 3,300 rpm. Ford said the new diesel will offer up to 10% better fuel economy and 20% lower emission levels. The engine also has reduced noise levels, improving speech intelligibility while driving by more than 20%, said the OEM. “Ford has been the proven diesel leader since we introduced the Power Stroke eight years ago and we intend to remain the leader,” said Ford division president Steve Lyons. “Our customers need the power to get any job done and that’s exactly what the new powertrain will deliver.”Ford said more torque allows a diesel engine to move or tow heavier loads while enhancing the vehicle’s performance feel. It also allows drivers to maintain speed without frequent transmission shifting, easily launch highly loaded trucks from rest, and maintain speed while negotiating steep grades.