January 31, 2014
Once shelved engine to be resurrected and shoehorned into new F-150
It seems Ford isn’t willing to put all its eggs in its EcoBoost basket as the Dearborn automaker is planning to equip the F-150 with diesel power during a mid-cycle refresh.
TTAC is reporting a once shelved 3.0-litre diesel V6 is currently being dusted off for use in the 1/2-ton pickup. Development of the diesel engine was put on hold as the recession hit in 2008. However, now that RAM is gearing up its own diesel for their 1500 series line, Ford doesn’t want to be left too far behind and will possibly add the engine – codenamed “Lion” – in 2018.
Also, Ford’s line of pickups and body-on-frame SUVs will soon be the home to 10-speed transmissions. Aluminum bodies are also rumoured to be used on the future Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Ford’s Super Duty pickups will continue on with steel bodies for the time being.