Ford to Drop Diesel F-150 This Week
Sorry, diesel fans. Just three years after introducing a Power Stroke diesel for the F-150, Ford is dropping the diesel option.
And doing so with haste.
If you want to grab one of the last ones available, you have until Friday to do it.
Part of the problem, says Autoblog, is that the turbocharged gas options make more power and cost less than the diesel’s $4,995 price. They offer better towing capacity, to boot.
There’s also a hybrid model that is slightly cheaper, has slightly better towing, and is on par in terms of fuel economy.
Of course, diesel engines offer something gas engines don’t — low-end grunt.
While the diesel no longer seems to be the best powertrain option on paper, some buyers will still miss it. For the rest, special order by Friday or forever hold your peace.
Or, you know, save your dough for the upcoming Lightning.
Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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