Just a week after Ford CEO Mark Fields’ confirmation to National Public Radio that a hybrid F-Series pickup is in the works, we have still more exciting news about the automaker’s popular truck lineup: a possible Ford F-150 Diesel test mule has been captured on camera near Ford’s Dearborn headquarters. You can see the full gallery of spy photographs at the Autoblog website.
This alleged Ford F-150 Diesel sighting serves as further confirmation that rumors of such a truck are true, and validates our own inside information on the matter. Earlier in the month, we reported that an unnamed but trusted source had confirmed that a Ford F-150 Diesel was being developed, using a 3.0-liter diesel V6 from the “Lion” family jointly-developed by Ford and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
Autoblog hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the Ford F-150 Diesel could be powered instead by the 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel recently federalized for the Ford Transit.
The lack of a Ford F-150 Diesel has been a noted omission from the full-size truck’s lineup, as it has left the automaker without a direct challenger to the Duramax Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. However, Ford Spokesman Mike Levine declined to confirm to Autoblog that a diesel-powered F-150 is in the works, saying that Ford’s duo of EcoBoost engines offered in the F-150 is more than up to the task of meeting performance and efficiency goals.