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Is a Diesel F-150 Finally Likely?

Monday, May 13th 2013. | 2015 Ford F-150, Ford Transit, Reviews

With Ford already having confirmed a diesel for its 2014 model year Transit. Ford is already running these engines in its Global Ranger truck, that we sadly, in the American market don’t get.  But we can get valuable performance data from the trucks that are already driving around with this engine. Numbers that will give us an idea of how it will do in the new Transit. But I am thinking it could be likely that we’ll see this engine in the 2015 Ford F-150 as well. My reasoning being, Dodge will be releasing a 3.0 liter diesel in its Ram pickups and Ford will likely want to compete and they’ll have the means to easily do so, due to them having this 3.2 liter engine all ready to go for the American market. Ford will be able to test out the waters in the Ford Transit and if they like the numbers I don’t see why it couldn’t make it into the F-150 as well.

Ford 3.2 Powerstroke Diesel

With Global Ranger owners around the world claiming in excess of 30 miles per gallon, I don’t see why a next generation Ford F-150 shouldn’t be able to match those numbers. Especially if it includes some of the fuel saving technologies we’ve been shown on the Ford Atlas concept at recent car shows and more recently in a video we’ve posted here. I think truck buyers would be positively ecstatic over being able to break the 30 mpg barrier, something that 10 years ago we’d consider ourselves lucky to get in a midsize V6 sedan.

2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Tailpipe

Another reason I think we might see a diesel F-150 is that some automotive blogs have seen F-150 mule’s testing in the streets and have reported seeing an F-150 with a dual tailpipe, which is a design-cue normally reserved for Super Duty F-250’s and up (see above picture), currently running Fords 6.7 liter power plant. These same sources also state that we could see even more power from the 3.2 liter diesel than it is currently getting in European spec (197 horsepower and 347 ft lb’s of torque). From what I have read about a plethora of diesel engines, more power can often also go hand in hand with more efficiency.

1994 F-150 Extended Cab

We can also look historically at what Ford has done with its F-150, each release has been pretty radical, with going from what we call the “old body style” (OBS, see above) F-150 (pre-1997) to what is affectionately known as the jellybean F-150 (1997, see below), a much more rounded and aerodynamic design. Or we can look back as recently as 2010 when Ford announced its new engine lineup for the F-150, they shocked everyone when they announced the 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. This is why I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ford make available yet another radical engine in its Ford F-150.

1997 Ford F-150 Extended Cab

My final argument, can be summed up in two words “intense rivalry”, I am of course talking about the intense rivalry that goes on between Ford and crosstown rival GM. This rivalry is intense and has show itself many times over the years. Most recently at the Detroit auto show where Ford (arguably very successfully) stole much of Chevy’s thunder as they were releasing the 2014 Silverado. Ford did this by surprising everyone with a concept of what the 2015 F-150 might like look like, they called it the Ford Atlas Concept. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is this rivalry that leads Ford to wanting to one-up Chevy by releasing a Half-Ton Diesel Truck.

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado

In short, yes, I think we could see a diesel F-150, because as I argued above we know that Ford is not shy of making bold moves when it comes to releasing new generations of their best-selling vehicle. Ford’s history has proven it with a mixture of intense rivalry, radical new engines and bold design changes from one model year to the next. Also not un-important; Ford will finally have a diesel available in its North-American tool-bag that can do the job. This is a unique mixture of circumstances, that just look too good not to be true.


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