Is Ford Testing a F-150 Diesel?

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Big F-150 Venturi Spy

Does a Venturi-type exhaust tip a diesel make? That’s the question that’s currently being asked based on some new spy shots of an aluminum F-150 spotted wearing camouflage and that very type of exhaust tip. It’s similar to the design that Ford currently employs on their Super Duty pickup trucks.

Ford fans will know that the company is committed nearly exclusively to EcoBoost for their fuel-friendly workhorses. The 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is the most fuel efficient gasoline full size pickup truck on sale, while returning good power and torque. While Ford’s CEO Mark Fields recently confirmed a hybrid F-150 on the way, we have no reason to believe they’re working on a diesel.

F-150 Close Up Venturi

General Motors doesn’t offer a diesel in their full size trucks, but they do offer a 2.8L Duramax in the Colorado and the Canyon. Ram Trucks does do a half-ton diesel with their 3.0L EcoDiesel. So there is some precedent to offer diesels in the non-Super Duty trucks.

Ford has a collection of suitable diesels in their worldwide portfolio, and even recently certified a 3.2L diesel for use in the U.S. versions of the Transit. Ford has long said that if they wanted to go diesel, it wouldn’t be too difficult.

So, is that what they’re doing, or is it something else? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums!

via [Truck Trend]

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

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