Oil-burning engines have been dominating the auto headlines in recent weeks.
Americans have lost a lot of faith in diesel-powered vehicles, but one truck could have the potential to turn around diesel’s fate in America.
Diesel’s savior in America just might be an all-new Ford F-150.
An earlier post this week claimed diesel trucks and SUVs, especially used models, still have a secure place in the market here. Typically, diesel pickups are reserved for the heavy-duty models, but Ford appears ready to bring a game-changer to the venerable F-150.
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A partially disguised F-150 recently photographed testing in Michigan wore a code showing the presence of a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, and sported a tell-tale diesel exhaust tip. It looks like Ford is serious about besting its pickup competition in every way.
Currently, the most fuel-efficient F-150 is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 that carries a 19-mpg city and 26-mpg highway EPA fuel-economy rating. The class leader is the Ram EcoDiesel 1500, which carries a 29-mpg highway rating.
Ford has the tools to create an F-150 Turbo Diesel that could wrestle that title away from Ram. With a lightweight aluminum body, diesel engine, and a new 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM, Ford should be able sell a powerful truck that surpasses 30 mpg the highway.
The diesel engine likely to go in the F-150 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 made in Ford’s plant in England. It’s also the same engine used in the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, where it delivers 254-hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The Range Rover Sport carries an EPA fuel-economy rating of 22 city/29 highway and uses an 8-speed automatic.
Residing in a lighter F-150 with two more gears, the engine should be just the ticket Ford needs to build the world’s first full-size truck to deliver at least 30 mpg on the highway. Ford hasn’t formally announced its plans, but we could see the F-150 Turbo Diesel next year.
Would you want a Ford F-150 Turbo Diesel?