Ford may launch a diesel version of the F-150 pickup as early as next year. Diesel-powered test trucks have been spotted near the company’s product development center in Dearborn, Mich.
A Ford spokesman declined to comment, but AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan says plans call for a diesel-powered F-150 teamed with a new 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed by Ford and General Motors. It could launch as a 2017 model, he said.
The likely diesel for the F-150 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 made in Ford’s Dagenham, England, plant.
When the redesigned, aluminum-bodied F-150 arrived in late 2014 its fuel economy ratings disappointed many consumers and analysts who expected it to be the most fuel efficient in the segment.
The most fuel efficient F-150 is powered by a 2.7-liter V-6 rated at 19-mpg city/26-mpg highway. Ram’s EcoDiesel 1500 carries a 29-mpg highway rating.