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2015 F-150 Will Not Have a 3.2 Diesel

Friday, August 8th 2014. | 2015 Ford F-150, 2016 Ford F-150, Ford Transit, News
2015 Ford F-150 with snow plow

2015 Ford F-150 with snow plow

About a year ago we speculated there would be a very good chance we could see a 2015 F-150 with a diesel engine. Unfortunately our dreams did not come true. But can you blame us for speculating? It would have made a lot of sense for Ford to compete with Ram’s all new 3.0 diesel equipped 1500. The 3.2 5 cylinder diesel from Ford has already been federalized and we figured it’d make sense to spread those costs over more vehicles than just the new 2015 Ford Transit Van. But, for now, that will be the only vehicle in Ford’s fleet to be equipped with the 3.2 liter 5 cylinder Duratorq. At 185 horse power and 350 lb-ft of torque it is a capable engine for towing and hauling, although it won’t set any performance records. Perhaps that somewhat low horse power number is what stopped Ford from putting it to work in the 2015 F-150

2015 Ford Transit Work Van available with 3.2 liter diesel

2015 Ford Transit Work Van available with 3.2 liter diesel

Ford has obviously, instead, opted to go for a smaller displacement turbo gas engine, in the form of the 2.7 liter EcoBoost. We are anxiously awaiting how it will compete with Ram’s 3.0 Ecodiesel, we do already know that the 2015 F-150 can outperform it towing/hauling-wise, but we are equally curious it will do from an efficiency standpoint. As for a diesel option on the F-150, perhaps we can hope for 2016, but I don’t see it as very likely with Ford obviously betting on weight reduction and turbocharged gasoline engines. There’s that and the fact that it would struggle to keep up with Ram’s ecodiesel offering, which puts down quite a bit more power. When you look at it that way Ford made the right call pitting the 2.7 EcoBoost against it.

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