3.0L Diesel V6 in a Ford F-150? Maybe

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We know that Ford is working on alternative powertrains for the F-150. Mark Fields confirmed as much when he said that they were working on a hybrid F-150. But what about a diesel? The competition has a diesel, but Ford has bet the farm — successfully, I might add — on EcoBoost. There are spy shots, though, that suggest the company is working on a diesel for the F-150 and it’ll come in 3.0L form.

Our pals at Off-Road.com, by way of TTAC, have the spy shots in question. The telltale sign that it is a diesel-powered truck is the diesel venturi exhaust tip. It also, apparently, sounds like a diesel. While modern diesels are much quieter than their predecessors, you can still tell when there is an oil burner under the hood.

What is interesting about these current spy shots and the subsequent story on them is the insistence that a 3.0L diesel is the powerplant of choice. It is true that Ram Trucks uses a 3.0L mill in their EcoDiesel, and it’s a nice setup. But there aren’t any readily-available diesel engines in the 3.0L variety currently in the Ford stable. The 3.2L makes a lot of sense, and even the upcoming 2.0L can be modified for truck duty.

They suggest that it’s the Lion engine from when Ford owned Jaguar Land Rover and that they developed the engine then. Further supporting the theory of a 3.0L engine is the emissions certificate showing “3.0” on it.

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It really does make a lot of sense for Ford to introduce a diesel engine into the F-150 lineup. We also hope to see one in the eventual Ranger that will go on sale. The diesel engine will provide a bump in torque, which is always nice. But it should also, especially when combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission, provide a significant bump in fuel economy.

The 2.7L EcoBoost F-150 is already a fuel miser. It’s part of the reason why the F-150 meets future CAFE fuel economy requirements today, and also a great way for owners to save some money in yearly fuel costs. But a diesel could potentially do better.

The EcoDiesel in the Ram 1500 can achieve up to 29 mpg on the highway, according to the window sticker. Having driven one of those particular models, I can say that it’s easy to exceed that number. I would assume that a diesel-powered F-150 would carry a similar window sticker EPA highway rating as the Ram. Actually, since the truck industry is so competitive I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ford version beats the Ram by 1 or 2 miles-per-gallon.

The Volkswagen diesel fiasco also hasn’t slowed diesel sales in pickup trucks like it has in cars. Demand for a diesel-powered Colorado is high, and Ram sells a bunch of the diesel 1500s. Ford could offer a diesel in the F-150 and possibly conquer sales from those looking at one of the competitor trucks.

What do you think about all of this? Are you excited by the idea of a diesel F-150? Let us know what you think in the comments below or over in our forums!

via [Off-Road.com / The Truth About Cars]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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