Well, after a long history of speculation and sightings that would make any Bigfoot enthusiast jealous, we finally have confirmation: yes, there’s gonna be an F150 diesel. At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last week, Ford announced that they will start offering a diesel power option for 2018 model year F150s. Taking a page from the success of the Ram EcoDiesel and Nissan TITAN XD, Ford is launching a turbocharged 3.0-liter Lion V6 that was “designed, engineered, and tested in-house” that will be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission that has become the new standard for the F150 platform. Exact details on fuel consumption, power, and price are still forthcoming, since the diesel engine won’t be available at launch, but rather a short time after 2018 models first start appearing.
The F150 is Ford’s best-selling truck, so it makes sense that they would want to give owners ever more options. Other changes will include an updated grille and tailgate that will more closely resemble those of the Super Duty line. Gotta keep it in the family, I guess! As we get closer to the launch of the truck, we expect to get more details on how well the new smaller diesel engine will perform. Check back for more updates!