All the way back in December of last year, we reported that the Ford F-150 would almost definitely be gaining a diesel engine option, and that according to a trusted insider, the oil-burner in question would be a 3.0-liter unit from the Ford-PSA Peugeot Citroën “Lion” family.
At the risk of counting our chicks before they’ve hatched, it seems as though our intel was good; Autoblog just published a gallery of spy shots with a camouflage-wearing Ford F-150, including a pic of an emissions-calibration sticker. That sticker identifies the Ford F-150’s engine displacement as “3.0,” or “three-point-oh told you so.”
Head to Autoblog for the gallery.
Now, to be fair, there is some (rather slim) possibility that the 3.0-liter engine powering this camo-clad Ford F-150 isn’t a diesel at all, in the same way that it’s conceivable NASA faked the moon landing in 1969. But the Ford F-150 already has 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost options, not to mention an available 3.5L normally-aspirated V6; we’re having a hard time conceiving of any scenario in which Ford would elect to replace or compliment one of those engines with a 3.0L petrol option.
Plus, Autoblog‘s spy photographers commented on the spied Ford F-150’s distinct diesel noise.
The Ford-PSA Peugeot Citroën “Lion” family of diesel engines has seen use in models from Citroën, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Peugot. At its most-potent, the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 diesel produces 271 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. That would be more than enough to match the 240 horsepower/420 lb-ft of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
While we’re still banking on a 2018 model-year debut for the 3.0-liter diesel’s debut in the Ford F-150, Autoblog‘s spy photographers say it ought to arrive in late-2016. We’ll find out soon enough which of us is right on that detail.