Ford Authority

Ford V6 Diesel Engine Line Passes Major Production Milestone

Though diesel engines have become a bit less common in places like Europe in recent years – a market where that was once a top choice among many customers – they certainly aren’t dead quite yet. In fact, Ford will continue producing diesel engines for the foreseeable future, and the automaker’s Dagenham Engine plant just celebrated a pretty major milestone as well after building the two-millionth Ford 2.0L EcoBlue powerplant. Now, the UK-based facility has passed yet another major production milestone as well, according to The Blue Oval itself.

Ford Everest Towing Tech - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

The Dagenham Engine plant just produced its 1.5 millionth Lion V6 engine, which has now been in production at that facility since 2004, followed by a V8 in 2006. Since then, the Lion diesel has been used in a wide variety of vehicles from various manufacturers, including the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, and Citroën.

The list of models utilizing the Lion V6 over the years is quite long and includes the Citroën C5 and C6, Peugeot 607 and 407, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover/Sport, and multiple vehicles in the Jaguar range. It has also previously seen use in both the Ford F-150 and Ford Territory. Currently, there are two derivatives in production – one for left-hand drive and right-hand drive applications – which are available in the Ford Ranger and Ford Everest.

Ford Everest Towing Tech - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

“One and a half million engines is a great achievement for the whole team,” said Paul Vickers, Lion Area Manager. “A huge well done to all operators, engineers, and supervisors involved. The demand for our product continues to grow into our overseas customer base. Globally we are the single source for the crank and have seen demand grow for Lion to its highest ever levels.”

We’ll have more on Ford’s plants from around the world soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Subscribe to Ford Authority

For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates. It's totally free.


  1. Rick

    Why would an engine have left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive versions?

  2. Ford500guy

    It all depends on the markets where different applications require a certain engine and weather or not it’s for a left hand drive or a right drive applications. Duh!!!

  3. Jaco

    V6 Raptor diesel pls pls pls, 🙏🙏🙏🙏😭

  4. Steve Welland

    Is the Lion engine the one that would snap it’s crankshaft.


Leave a comment