That’s clearly a diesel gurgle coming out of that F-150’s lightly camo’d buttock.
If our ears are to be believed, that would be the pending fulfillment of a prophecy made here two years ago: Ford is preparing a light-duty diesel to sell by 2018.
I have so many questions to ask: What about EcoBoost? Where does that oil burner come from?
The latter question may be our first answer. Ford developed a 3-liter diesel V-6 with Land Rover that is now used in a bevy of JLR and Citroen products — dubbed Lion — so the parts are in the corporate pantry, so to speak. (There’s even a 3.8-liter V-8 block used in Range Rovers.)
It’s likely that the diesel would be mated to Ford’s new 10-speed transmission for extra long legs.
Is this a play at the top-end truck market for the truck buyer who needs to have every option ticked? Or is Ford’s coming diesel the work truck that seems to be forgotten in today’s Hauling Class™ luxury truck market?
I thought EcoBoost was supposed to be the mileage king. Judging by the video, we’ll have our answer soon enough.