Ford F-150 to Offer Diesel V6

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Ford F-150 to Offer Diesel V6

Ford shocked the truck market when it announced that the 2015 F-150 would come with an aluminum body. Then came a new downsized turbocharged V6. And now a diesel engine is also in the works.

According to a report by TheTruthAboutCars.com, which broke the news of the F-150’s aluminum body and turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, a mid-cycle update for the truck will add a diesel V6. Code named “Lion” the engine will be a 3.0-liter unit.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Ford F-150 First Look

In addition, TTAC’s sources have also revealed that the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine will make 290-300 hp while a new 10-speed automatic transmission is in the pipeline and will also make its way into the next-gen Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

As for the next-generation Super Duty models, they won’t be receiving the new aluminum body panels as found on the half-ton truck, which contribute to that machine’s dramatic weight reduction of 700 lbs.

[Source: TTAC]

  • Texas Bob

    Hope my body panels don’t weigh 700 lbs; ’cause my whole ’99 GMC only weighs 4,500lbs.

  • Mike

    With the bed and cab, they weigh more.

  • Mattweb7

    Will this be an option on the 2015s?

  • ColumWood

    If it is coming as part of a mid-cycle update so don’t expect it on sale until at least 2016.

  • Ronaldus_Maximus

    3.0? I guess that works for the grocery getters of the world.

  • adam wood

    240 hp is plenty, even for pulling a trailer. Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have an extra 100 hp but 99% of the time 240 is plenty. The idea that you need a 400 hp diesel to drive around and tow a dump trailer one in a while is ludicrous. My 7.3 has 215 hp and it has never had an issue towing anything you can legally hook to it.

  • adam222green

    Agreed, but when I towed with the 7.3, I have to say it was a joy to get a (reliable…) 6.0 with more like 400 horse and 800+ lbft (now more like 900 or a 1000?) because there’s no joy in 200 miles through mountains towing 11,000lb and getting bogged down to 18 mph behind a big rig and just not have anything under your foot to be able to overtake (and once there’s level ground or a downhill, you’re not always “given” the chance to get ’round, so I used to average 40mph in the old diesel and now I average 6 … um … let’s say “55” … : )

  • Quintin

    The new ram 3.0 makes almost as much as the big old ford 7.3, so as long as you dont care about speed but want to be able to tow and get almost 30mpg like what the ram with its 8 speed tranny gets close to, so im sure it will make a great engine choice for some getting a half ton truck, also if they are anywere near as tunable as the big diesels you could easily get 100+hp more from just a tune.

  • adam222green

    I was thinking much the same thing. Forced induction diesels really are a replacement for displacement.

    I tow about 11,000lb, but often as little as 8000lb with a Ford 6.0 and I just wish it would do better than 15-17 mpg when it’s not towing.
    If the rest of the time, when it’s not towing, the truck is lighter (aluminum body, less boxed frame) and runs a turbo-diesel through an 8spd, I’d rather the Ford.

    But the RAM diesel half ton has other factors like the comfort of the air-bag suspension. You don’t have to do too many miles in an unladen pickup before you really wish you could press the “save my kidneys” button and take the stiffness out of the springs — just trying to have a conversation on the phone can be annoying (for me and the person trying to hear me as I bounce down these horrible California roads) in an empty F250.

  • turbobill

    Forced induction has always been a “replacement for displacement”. In fact, without forced induction, namely the turbocharger, the diesel would have been rendered extinct many years ago.
    Naturally aspirated, the diesel is a smoking, stinking, noisy, heavy, underpowered engine. It’s only claim to fame was fuel ecomony. Emissions laws and the disparity in the cost of diesel fuel verses gasoline in many places would have placed it in the history books.

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