The Diesel F-150 Is Happening! Here’s the Proof!
A couple of years back, each of the Big 3 automakers decided to follow distinctly different paths in an effort to raise the fuel economy on their half-ton pickups. Ford, as you’re all aware, when the turbocharged V6 route. General Motors opted for a smaller-displacement V8. Ram shook things up by offering their 3.0L EcoDiesel. Even though they’re all fuel efficient, the EcoDiesel is the leader of the pack.
That’s no longer the case. We’ve obtained these spy photographs of what clearly is a aluminum-bodied F-150 with a diesel engine under the hood. While it could be one of several diesel engine options, we believe that Ford is using a Land Rover-sourced 3.0L diesel in this application. Considering there’s a diesel Range Rover following the F-150 around as part of the team, that’s not much of a stretch.
In the Range Rover, the diesel makes 254 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. That bests the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission that’ll be available in the 2017 F-150, that should return better fuel economy than the Ram as well.
The 2nd-generation 3.5L EcoBoost debuting in the 2017 F-150 makes 450 lb-ft of torque, so if the diesel engine comes in at 440 lb-ft, it won’t be targeted as pulling king. Though, the diesel shouldn’t lose as much fuel economy under load as the gasoline engine.
Expect to hear more about the diesel F-150 here in the coming months. We could potentially hear about it as early as the Texas State Fair, but would more-likely see it debut at the Chicago show next year.
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