Ford F-150 Spotted With a three.-liter Turbodiesel Ram EcoDiesel’s Mileage Crown Threatened

2015 Ford F-150

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.

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Spotted: 2016 Passat Alltrack Roaming Streets of Phoenix

Passat Alltrack

I really like you, unicorn.

A TTAC reader spotted this 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack roaming the streets of Phoenix the other day and dutifully reported “What the hell is that?”

This Passat wagon, which is sold overseas, might be the only one in the States. It is wearing manufacturer tags and likely just had its way with VW’s enormous testing circuit in Phoenix.

The Passat Alltrack is not really related to our model, as an alternative constructed on the European MQB platform that ours nevertheless is not. And the Alltrack has a trio of diesel mills that’ll by no means make their way to the States anyway. They can even be had with a manual transmission on the German Volkswagen configurator internet site that I didn’t just devote way too a lot time on.

The all-wheel drive wagon is, at greatest, never going to come right here. It begins at about $ 30,000 in Germany.

Nonetheless, the near-unicorn (diesel, brown, wagon) was spotted on the streets in Phoenix — sunroof open and all.

Bless you, Don.

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