Rumors have been afloat since early last year that the Ford F-150 full-size pickup would be gaining a diesel powerplant option at some point after its launch. So far, however, certifiable proof of such a claim has been non-existent.
Now, we have received tentative confirmation from a trusted insider: the current-generation Ford F-150 will indeed be gaining a diesel engine option in the coming years, likely coinciding with a mid-cycle refresh in 2018. This diesel – most likely a V6 from the “Lion” family of diesels jointly-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën – will displace 3.0 liters, according to our source.
If the 3.0-liter diesel bound for the Ford F-150 is indeed a Lion V6 or some evolution thereof, we can pretty safely assume that the powerplant will be fed by a duo of turbochargers. A twin-turbo Lion diesel V6 of that exact displacement has already seen service in the Jaguar XF and XJ, Land Rover Range Rover and Discovery 4, and several Peugeot and Citroën models, making anywhere from 330 to 440 lb-ft of torque depending on the application.
Stay tuned for more on the Ford F-150 and its (tentatively confirmed) future 3.0-liter diesel as it develops.