Ford F-150 Diesel Caught Testing in Spy Video

Stephen Elmer
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The diesel pickup truck market is set for a new competitor: the Ford F-150.

A new spy video has caught an F-150 prototype testing on the streets of Oakwood, MI with the unmistakable diesel rumble coming from under the hood.

Rumor has it that it will be a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel that was developed by Ford and Land Rover before the brands split up. The engine is currently used in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, where it makes 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

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In the F-150, the engine could possibly be to mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will launch later this year in the 2017 Raptor. A hybrid F-150 is also a possibility, though it won’t likely launch until around 2020.

When it comes to names, the F-150 diesel won’t use the EcoBoost badge, as that specifically denotes a gasoline engine. “Not going to speculate about future products,” said Ford trucks communications manager Mike Levine. “If you look at Ford diesels, they are called Power Strokes.”

The diesel is expected to join the lineup sometime in 2017.

Discuss this story at our Ford F-150 Forum

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Timothyhood Timothyhood on Jan 28, 2016

    It makes sense that all of the truck players are getting into the diesel game. These "half-ton" pickups have more capability than one-ton pickups of yesteryear.

    • Jason Carmichael Jason Carmichael on Jan 28, 2016

      I have a 1981 F350. It has the heavy tow cooler even, max tow capacity, 8300 lbs. 6.6 gas, 3spd auto, 6.2mpg! I have a 2011 F150, basic tow package, max tow capacity, 8000 lbs! 5.0gas 6spd auto, 18.1mpg.

  • Frank Yoster Frank Yoster on Jan 28, 2016

    By the time ford brings this out...Ram will prob have something better! Its funny i saw an article where ram bashed nissan titans cummings engine ...cause they said the nissan is too noisy and clunky...and ram won against the three with their ecodiesel! But its all good id rather be cumming then stroking!