The extended-cab Ford F-150 was somewhat louder than a standard model, but it was the emissions certificate in the rear window that proved the pickup packed some thing unusual beneath the hood.
A partially disguised F-150 recently photographed testing in Michigan wore a code displaying the presence of a 3.-liter turbodiesel engine, and sported a tell-tale diesel exhaust tip. It looks like Ford is critical about besting its pickup competitors in each way.
The pictures, which can be viewed at Off-Road, TTAC’s sister publication, confirm what we were told by sources in 2014 — that Ford will add the 3.-liter “Lion” V6 to the F-150’s engine roster.
Ford developed the engine when it owned Jaguar Land Rover, so it’s essentially asking for its own hardware back. The mill functions a compacted graphite iron block, twin turbochargers and air-to-air intercooler. Output varies, but the hottest supplying on the east side of the Atlantic makes 271 horsepower and 440 pounds-feet of torque.
In early May possibly, Ford bumped up the torque of the F-150’s 3.five-liter Ecoboost to take away twist bragging rights from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Now, it seems like the Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel’s class-major highway mileage (29 miles per gallon) is in danger.
The Ram’s oil-burner is mated to an eight-speed automatic, but Ford, which lately embraced lightweight aluminum architecture in a large way, has a ten-speed automatic in its inventory. Besting Ram in the fuel-sipping category would add an additional notch to the belt of America’s best-selling full-size pickup.
The automaker hasn’t mentioned something about when it plans to market the diesel, but it could occur by next year.