The 2018 Ford F-150 diesel will not be constructed of steel, but rater aluminum. Additionally, the iconic truck will receive its power from a Power Stroke diesel engine. The vehicle is said to have an impressive maximum towing of 8,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds. This makes the diesel powered monster equal to the majority of trucks that are equipped with V-8 engines.
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel engine Rumors and Expectations
Many industry insiders believe that the arrival of a diesel fueled F-150 is a rumor and that the line will not become outfitted with diesel power until the 2018 model year version. Currently insiders are conflicted in regards to the plausible engine that will truly power the pickup truck. Some contend that Ford will use a 3.6-liter V 6 diesel engine, while others have loftier goals for the American automaker; proclaiming that it will receive a 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine.
According to Ray Nair, Ford’s vice president of global product development, “We don’t see the dynamics for an F-150 diesel right now.” Nair also contends that the company currently have diesels within their lineup, yet industry chatter regarding a diesel fueled F-150 have not slowed down in the least.
According to reputable sources “Lion” is the internal code name for the development of the V-6 diesel that is collaboration between PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Ford. This engine is said to be virtually extinct, although the Land Rover and Jaguar still utilize a 3.0-liter version as Europeans overwhelmingly purchase them. The team behind the “Lion” has moved into the direction of the diesel fours which translates to Ford desiring to develop a six cylinder diesel engine.
The American auto giant does seem to realize that the development and implementation of a new engine means nothing if there volume is not enough. Therefore they must look outside of the European market and ensure that its central truck market will find the convergence plausible and useful.
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Release Date
Therefore as Ford continues to allow consumers to spin their thumbs hoping and wishing that their beloved F-150 will remain a steel gasoline powered staple; it appears that at least by the model year 2018 it will change. All indications point away from the possibility of the diesel engine landing within the version for the next model year. This is further confirmed by the head of product development publicly proclaiming disinterest in a diesel powered engine gracing the frame of the Ford F-150.
As we venture further through 2015, we will watch to see if conjecture continues to grow regarding this matter to only fall flat as it does not come to light. Or if the automaker was simply providing consumers with a smoke screen in the most cloak and dagger move in the history of the automotive world. The latter is highly unlikely, but in the world of automobiles, stranger things have been known to take place so that companies can secure their edge over their closet competition. Industry insiders and truck lovers do not believe that the American public is ready for a non-stick shift, aluminum body, diesel powered Ford F-150 by 2018.